This past weekend was the first time Cedar Falls (Iowa) offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher visited Notre Dame, and he was given a nice reward for showing up.
The junior was offered by recruiting coordinator Tony Alford on Sunday morning before he left South Bend.
"It's obviously a huge offer, a big program," he said. "I'm sure people would die to go there if you're a student, and for a football player it's a big honor."
Pierschbacher arrived at around 3 p.m. Saturday in South Bend, several hours before the prime-time kickoff. He ate lunch before going to the football complex to watch highlights of the program. He spoke with the assistant coaches before joining the Irish on the player walk.
"That was sweet, all the thousands of people lined up to see them," he said. "It kind of showed how big the fans are and how much they love them. It was pretty cool to come to Notre Dame. That was neat and nothing I've seen before or been a part of."
Brian Kelly spoke to the team briefly before the game, and Pierschbacher said the Notre Dame coach talked about the rich tradition at the school. The tradition at Notre Dame blew away the prospect.
"I knew about the tradition and it kind of confirmed how the tradition is so deep there," he said. "The fans are crazy and it was a really good game. It's a big school for academics too, which is a plus."
Several big programs are interested in Pierschbacher. He will visit Alabama in November for the Iron Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 269-pound lineman, who attended The Opening as a junior, has been talking with Tide offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.