Alex Bars' trip to South Bend was a chance to double up. The junior offensive tackle from Nashville Montgomery Bell Academy was checking out the hometown team, Notre Dame, and the visiting Michigan Wolverines.
“It was fun,” Bars said. “The game was great. Kind of indifferent who won it.”
Bars has ties to both schools. His brother, Blake Bars, is a freshman offensive lineman for Michigan. Yet there's also a strong tie to the Fighting Irish.
“The campus is sweet,” the 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect said. “I've been there with my dad before. He went there so he wanted use to see what college life was like. Big campus.”
When asked if the paternal connection to Notre Dame might affect his decision, the younger Bars said, “Probably not. Not at all really. Probably just do my own deal.”
Bars said he was able to hear Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly speak to the team during his visit. The Irish beat the Wolverines 13-6 during Bars' visit. Yet Michigan still made a favorable impression.
“They played hard,” Alex Bars said. “Just a few plays here and there and it would have been a different score probably.”
The Bars family has yet another tie to college football. His other older brother, Brad Bars, is a junior defensive lineman at Penn State. That surely has helped the Nittany Lions secure a visit from Alex Bars this season. Bars said he will definetely visit Penn State, Alabama and Vanderbilt this season.
It's unclear if Bars will visit Ohio State. However, it's very clear the Buckeyes have made Bars a prime target. He recently received a scholarship offer from Ohio State and visited with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer during a Sunday night phone call. Bars also has scholarship offers from Indiana, Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.