Bruce Gaston (6-foot-3, 290-pounds) attended the Notre Dame football camp last month, but he didn't really get a chance to learn much about the university. Last week he returned to campus to learn more about the school, and when he arrived, he saw a familiar face.
"I had lunch with Darius Fleming," Gaston responded when asked about his unofficial visit to Notre Dame. "He's a former teammate of mine and a linebacker at Notre Dame. I got a chance to meet Bryant Young and Coach Ianello. Me and my parents got to meet Coach Weis one-on-one. That was nice, especially getting a chance to meet the head coach. When you're looking at a school you want to know the head coach and your position coach, but all the coaches seemed pretty cool.
"I really wouldn't say that I was surprised by anything. I think it was everything that I expected it to be. It's Notre Dame. The facilities were top of the line. The coaches were great. I got to meet with people on the academic side. I met with the Board of Admissions and the academic advisors. Everything was great and I really liked the school.
"I was there pretty much the entire day, but I didn't meet too many other players," he said. "Hopefully I get a chance to meet some other guys, but I can tell it's a pretty family oriented environment. My parents liked it, especially my mom. She liked the academics at Notre Dame."
Notre Dame wasn't t the only school to host Gaston over the past week. He also made stops at two Big Ten programs.
"It was pretty much the same thing at Iowa," Gaston explained. "It was a little bit further out (than Notre Dame) but I still enjoyed it all the same.
"I went to Purdue on Wednesday. It went pretty well. I actually got to meet a lot more of the players and watched them work out and stuff like that.
"I'm going to have my top five in early August," he said. "I have a pretty good idea who's going to be in my top five, but I'd rather wait because anything could change."