Jordan Paskorz was being recruited by former Irish assistant coach John Latina. When Notre Dame and Latina went their separate ways following the bowl game, the standout defensive end from Allison Park, Pa., kind of got lost in the shuffle.
Now, the 6-foot-4, 223-pound Paskorz is getting closer to the top of Notre Dame's deck.
The weekend of April 18th, Paskorz was in South Bend to visit his older brother Steve, a junior-to-be fullback for the Irish, and check out the campus as a recruit.
"I talked to coach (Ron) Powlus because he is recruiting the western Pennsylvania area, and he said we'll be in touch," Paskorz said. "He said he was sorry they lost touch with me, but he'll get back in touch with me and be visiting pretty soon.
"He said they watched the film and he does not know yet if it will turn into an offer, but they have to be interested if they're coming out to visit me. Not many schools would waste their time."
Paskorz has landed scholarship offers from Virginia, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Minnesota, Bowling Green and Ohio. Besides the Irish, several other programs like LSU, Georgia, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa and Illinois are showing interest in the Hampton High star.
Paskorz has been to Notre Dame several times in the past, including a trip to the Pittsburgh game last fall as a recruit, and his most recent visit moved the Irish up in his book.
"I'd say absolutely because the fan base there is so strong, the academics, the football there is on the rise, they're getting all these great recruits and everything is a great experience," Paskorz explained. "I got to talk to all the guys on the team like Mike Ragone, (Mike) Anello and (Kyle) McCarthy, and they're really cool guys."
Paskorz arrived late on Friday, but was up in time to enjoy all the Blue-Gold game festivities the next day. Following the game, he hung out with his brother for the night.
"That was pretty fun. I hung out with my brother, (Eric) Olsen and (Andrew) Nuss."
Paskorz visited Pittsburgh this past weekend. He has taken trips to Maryland, Virginia and Michigan as well. He will return to Ann Arbor for the third time soon, when the Wolverines coaching staff hosts their Barbecue at the Big House.
Paskorz would like to make a decision before the fall.
"So I can focus on my senior football season," he said.
Pittsburgh, Michigan and Virginia are the early favorites, but Paskorz is looking at all of his options. If Notre Dame comes through with an offer, the Irish would definitely jump to the top of the mix.