Chris Badger (6-foot-1, 190-pounds) had been committed to Stanford, but when Notre Dame came calling he knew he had to at least give the Irish a look.
"It all started about a month ago," Badger responded when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "Coach Hart got in touch with me in the spring, and it got me thinking about Notre Dame. It made me realize that I never really gave Notre Dame a fair chance to recruit me. I wanted to visit and check it out, so that's how everything got started.
"I'm really a huge college football fan, I think anyone that's a college football fan knows Notre Dame's tradition and history. I kind of grew up following them on TV and when I played the video games I was always Notre Dame. I always liked the way that they played.
"A couple years ago when they had those good teams with Tom Zbikowski, I liked watching those guys," Badger said. "I wouldn't say I was a diehard fan, but I was a Notre Dame fan growing up. This past year I watched them as well… I've always rooted for them. I know they've gotten some great recruiting classes and I wanted to be a part of it."
He might not have been a diehard fan, but Chris was serious about enough about Notre Dame to take an unofficial visit.
"I had a great trip this weekend," Badger said. "I had a great feeling on campus and I just wanted to be a part of it. I committed to coach Weis before we left campus (Monday)."
"Meeting with Tenuta and coach Brown and watching film was the best way to see that their defense fits me really well. They just want me to come in and be a physical presence in the defensive backfield at the strong safety position. I think I'll be a good player in their system, which is another reason I chose Notre Dame."
Chris is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the fact that Notre Dame is the most prominent Catholic university in the country certainly isn't a concern for him.
"I think it's a good fit for who I am and Notre Dame being a Catholic school isn't a big deal to me," Badger explained. "Notre Dame is a religious school. I'm not Catholic, but they obviously have high standards and that's something that I looked at.
"I met Manti (Te'o) and he's a great guy. A lot of people don't know a lot about Mormons and Manti and I will be playing at one of the biggest schools in the country that's on TV every week. I think it's a great thing."
The last few days have been very hectic for Chris. He's had to make a difficult decision concerning his future and he had to make some difficult phone calls. Now that he is set on Notre Dame, he can turn his attention to his senior season.
"I'm just looking for football to start up," Badger said. "Right now I'm just working my butt off everyday and getting ready for college and preparing my body. I want to be the hardest worker out there. That's my goal, so now I'm just preparing for the upcoming season.
"I'll be out to Notre Dame for a game this fall, maybe the USC game or one of the other games. I'm not sure yet. We have a game on a Wednesday this year and that's probably the best time to make the trip, I think it's the week of the USC game, but I haven't figured it out yet."