Brad Carrico (6-foot-6, 270-pounds) hadn't been to Notre Dame since he became the first member of Notre Dame's 2011 recruiting class. Last weekend Carrico was back in South Bend to watch his future teammates participate in the annual Blue-Gold game.
"It went very good," Carrico said. "It was very fun and the team looked very good in my opinion. It was a real good weekend. I met a few guys like Andrew Hendrix and Alex Welch. The first time I came up they were on their official visits, so it was real easy to talk to them. I talk to Luke Massa, Louis Nix and Derek Roback quite a bit from the older class. Out of my class I talked to Conor Hanratty and Jarrett Grace quite a bit.
"I came in for practice on Friday, so I got to talk to the coaches a lot there. They were really friendly at the spring game also. I wasn't really my time to shine, because there were three kids that committed over the weekend. They were real happy to have them aboard and they showed them a lot of attention too, which I completely understand.
"I really did feel like I was more a part of the team though. When you commit this coaching staff really gives you the feeling that you are part of the team. Also the fans, there were a lot of people that said ‘Welcome to Notre Dame. Welcome to the family.'"
Although Carrico wanted to sit back and enjoy the weekend, he also took the opportunity to learn what he could.
"I had a lot of knowledge about Notre Dame going into the spring game, so I really didn't learn too much that was new other than some terminology," Carrico explained. "I did sit through some team meetings. Obviously they were showing me some things, but it was really more for the players. I was just really paying attention to the defensive ends and what they were being told."
"I did watch the defensive ends quite a bit during the game. They ran the ‘4-3' quite a bit, but that's not what they're really going to run during the season. They didn't want to show anything. When I do look at the ‘3-4', I think I'm a good fit for it. They want a bigger heavier guy at defensive end that's still fairly athletic. When I look at myself, I see myself as that kind of player."
Although Carrico sees himself as a defensive end at Notre Dame, he may get a chance to help his high school team out on both sides of the ball.
"At first my coaches wanted me to play offensive tackle, because there were still a lot of colleges that wanted to see me play on offense," Carrico said. "But since I committed to Notre Dame to play defensive end, they said I might play the ‘3-technique'. I've heard I'd be used at defensive end and I've heard I might play offensive tackle, so it's up in there air right now.
"I hope I get to play on both sides of the ball, because I think that would be really fun. I like challenging myself and I want to be the best I can be. I think learning offensive tackle would help me at defensive end in college."
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