Notre Dame needs to land one of their top targets at defensive tackle and Bruce Gaston (6-foot-4, 309-pounds) is one of them. The big man was recently in South Bend to watch the Irish work.
"I went to one of Notre Dame's scrimmages," Gaston replied when asked about his contact with the Irish. "They had some Big East officials there. I watched the defensive line work. I watched them scrimmage and get after it. I enjoyed it. I talked to coach Hart, and coach Bryant Young. I also talked to coach Weis, and coach Ianello. I like both coach Young and coach Hart. They're really genuine coaches. I really like them both. Coach Hart is really funny. Every time I speak with him I'm cracking jokes and he's making me laugh. Coach Young is a real good guy.
"When I'm visiting a school, I just think about how I feel, and when I'm there I feel good. They have a pretty good team. I felt good in an environment like that. They're practice fields and facilities are top-notch. It felt good. Since I've been there I haven't felt negative once. Just about everything's been positive."
Gaston had a list of five schools that were in line for his official visits, but it appears a Big East School might be able to break into that group.
"Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, Arizona and Notre Dame," Gaston listed as the schools he wanted to visit officially. "I have to look at my schedule to make dates for the visits.
"My newest offer is Boston College. They offered me two days ago, so I was pretty excited about that. Now that they've offered, I want to get to know them more though and see what they're about. So they're still in play."
As excited as Bruce was about his latest offer, it will likely be overshadowed by the excitement he's feeling for the opening game of his senior season.
"We're really looking forward to playing Portage (Ind.)," Gaston remarked. "From the film, they do look like a pretty good team and a challenging team. We're always looking forward to a challenge and St. Rita is ready to get after it, especially since this the first game.
"We've been playing each other and beating up on each other all summer. It gets to be the same stuff. We know what they're going to run. We've got to go up against the same linemen and tackle the same running backs. We're ready for some fresh bodies. We're ready to get the first game going. We're really excited. At St Rita, we don't talk any smack, we just get after it… that's just what we do, and that's what we plan on doing."