Cameron Roberson (6-foot-1, 215-pounds) didn't have plans on committing to Notre Dame while on his official visit, but he had heard enough from the Notre Dame coaches and players to convince him that he wanted to be part of the family.
"I decided to commit to Notre Dame while I was down there," Roberson said. "I committed right before lunch on Sunday. I told coach Alford first, and then I met with coach Weis for a couple minutes and he welcomed me to the family.
"My Dad and mom were with me. My dad would have been excited with any decision that I made, but this was pretty much my mom's dream school for me to go to, and she's kind of always wanted me to go there. It brought tears to her eyes when I shook coach Alford's hand and committed."
Roberson had narrowed his list of schools down to Notre Dame and Northwestern, but the lure of Notre Dame was more than Cameron could have anticipated.
"I really didn't have any plans on committing when I was there," Roberson explained. "The visit kind of opened up my mind and after I met with coach Alford and coach Weis and I got a feel for how I was going to be used. I really started considering (committing) after spending time with the players. They were all great guys and I could see myself getting along with and feeling comfortable with. They seemed really happy that they came to Notre Dame.
"I think what really finalized it when I was on the campus tour. The facilities, the indoor football field, the weight room, the classrooms, and Touchdown Jesus. I was pretty much impressed with all the buildings when I was there."
After arriving in South Bend late Friday night, Roberson didn't head over to campus until the next morning.
"On Saturday we had a meeting with coach Weis," Cameron said. "He explained why Notre Dame was a great place to come and how everyone is a big family down there. We talked about how I would be a good fit for their system. Then I had a meeting with coach Alford and it was more about the same thing about how I'd fit on the team.
"They took us into the locker room and we got to go on the field before the game… that was something. You can think about how it is to be in front of all those fans, but I don't think you really know how it is until you're actually there. I thought that was great.
Notre Dame didn't disappoint on the field either, as the Irish rolled over the Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday afternoon.
"They dominated,," Roberson commented. "The game was pretty much over in the first quarter, they came out hot and threw the ball right down the field. Clausen had a great game, and so did Michael Floyd."I was really impressed with the fans and the turnout they have and how dedicated their fans are. Everyone in the stands knows the routines, the cheers and chants. I loved the push-up thing that they do. They kept asking me, but I said no. Justin (Utupo) did it though. "Jonas Gray was my host" he said. "He's a really good guy. He played well, and almost scored. We were also with Deion Walker. They took me around and they showed me around campus. Sean Parker was with us most of the night as well. They talked about all the advantages of going there, the academics and all the great alumni connections that you get there."