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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Recruits react to Notre Dame experience

By Tom VanHaaren

Notre Dame hosted Oklahoma in South Bend on Saturday, which meant it was a big opportunity to impress visiting prospects. That matchup was anticipated, and a good number of Notre Dame commits and targets were on hand.

Even prospects who weren’t in South Bend took notice of the game as they watched on television. Here are some tweets, photos and reactions from commits, targets and visiting prospects.

The recruits in attendance got a chance to see former Notre Dame running back Jerome Bettis.

At Notre Dame game! Go Irish!!

— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) September 28, 2013

Notre Dame wide receiver commit Justin Brent (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) pre-game.

Uncommitted offensive line target from the 2015 class, Mirko Jurkovic (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph’s), made the short trip over to the stadium for the game.

“It was great; I had an awesome time,” he said. “The best part was the walk to the stadium with all the other recruits (before the game.”

Awesome day with some breths

— Mirko Jurkovic Jr X (@mirko_jurko64) September 28, 2013

Another 2015 lineman on hand, Notre Dame commit Jerry Tillery (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian) also enjoyed himself.


— Jerry Tillery (@JerryTillery) September 28, 2013

Sophomore lineman Hunter Littlejohn (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) not only has an awesome name, but he also had an awesome time at Notre Dame on Saturday.

I know I'm missing out on OSU. But the Notre Dame experience was something else! Loved every second of it!

— Hunter Littlejohn (@littlebigjohn22) September 29, 2013

If it wasn’t noticeable that linemen are important to Notre Dame, another 2015 offensive line prospect, Evan Mallory (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was also in attendance for the game.

“I liked all of the students and the energy they brought to the game. They let the team know they supported them by singing with them,” Mallory said. “The best part was walking from the athletic center to the stadium through the tunnel of fans waiting for the team. Some of them even called me by name, and most were yelling 'Come to Notre Dame.' ”

Mallory also got a chance to see the facilities, including the weight room.

Notre Dame weight room #goirish

— Evan Mallory (@evanmallory96) September 28, 2013

With all the offensive linemen in one spot, the visiting quarterbacks had to be impressed with the potential blocking in front of them.

Sophomore quarterback Noah Wezensky (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) took his second visit to Notre Dame in as many weeks and came away impressed.

“Just seeing what college football is like,” he said. “To see how fast the game is and watching my position. And playing with the intensity of the crowd, it was awesome.”

James Morgan (Green Bay, Wisc./Ashwaubenon), a 2015 quarterback, was visiting to see Notre Dame, but tweeted one of his highlights was communicating with an Oklahoma player after the game.

“One of the highlights of the day has gotta be Blake Bell acknowledging me after I timidly tell him good game in the tunnel,” Morgan tweeted.

Surprisingly that was the highlight, and not getting the chance to meet former NBA star David Robinson.

What up David Robinson #AintEvenBig

— Mason Ross (@mason5ross) September 29, 2013