Lombard felt like he had played

Christian Lombard was one of the committed players that made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame last weekend for the USC game. If the offensive lineman from Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) had any doubts about where he wanted to go to school before his visit, they're long gone.

Christian Lombard (6-foot-5, 280-pounds) was Notre Dame's first commitment in the 2010 recruiting class. He's made a number of trips to campus since he pledged to the Irish, but none were as exciting or disappointing as the trip he took last weekend.

"I was just being a fan watching the game and watching Golden Tate grab that ball in double coverage was amazing," Lombard said. "They let us on the field for that last drive, which was really cool. I was just watching it from a perspective of a fan, but after the game, I felt like I was in that game and I lost. It was really emotional.

"The team was upset afterward, but they understood that it was one game and win or lose we still have Boston College next weekend. They still have a good opportunity to go 10-2. I think the team understands that. They were down, but they still have to keep fighting."

Notre Dame not only hosted prospects that they were trying to lure to campus, but a number of committed players were also on hand.

"As a recruit, they treated us really well, and there were a ton of people there," Lombard explained." I think (Notre Dame) handled it really well. I think it went really well recruiting-wise. I think if I were uncommitted and I was a recruit there, I'd have been convinced that that was the school that I wanted to go to. They hit all the points really well.

"I talked to Alex Welch and Blake Lueders. When we were on the field we were just going crazy. And when we were in the locker room after the game we were talking about how crazy it was going to be that we were going to be there next year."

Before Lombard and his classmates get to campus, they'll all be finishing up their senior seasons. Fremd continued their undefeated season last Friday convincing 44-10 win over Hoffman Estates (Ill.)

"We're 8-0," Lombard said. "Last Friday our running back had over 200 yards and four touchdowns, but we pulled him out early. We opened holes for him, but some of the runs he made were unbelievable. He's got some really good vision. Me and a bunch of our other starters were out of the game by the third quarter, so we didn't even get a chance to play a full game."

Lombard will take his official visit to Notre Dame for the football banquet in December.

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