Justin Brent had to skip out of Notre Dame’s Junior Day early on Saturday, but the 2014 wide receiver commit didn’t miss anything he hadn’t already seen, leaving before the tour of campus.
“We got to see all of the practice,” the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Indianapolis said. “After practice, we got some food in us and that was pretty much it.
“Practice was very intense. It was the first day of pads, so there was a lot yelling and getting after it today for two hours.”
Brent had the opportunity to spend time surveying his future position group during the session.
“I saw the receivers coach, I got to be all up in the huddles,” he said. “I got to go to the meeting rooms with them and spend time with some of them.”
Brent said the Irish receiver corps looked good.
“TJ Jones is back and they have a lot of pieces that will help out the time,” he said. “They got some new additions with James (Onwualu) and Corey (Robinson) and everybody. So it was good. The sky’s the limit.”
Onwualu really impressed Brent.
“He looked really good,” Brent said of the early enrollee. “He got a lot of credit in that meeting room. He was one of the freshman that everyone was talking about in the meetings and at practice. He did really good blocking and really good catching. He really impressed me today.”
Brent didn’t have the opportunity to spend too much time recruiting any of the other visitors.
“I didn’t get to talk too many 2014 recruits, but I spend most of the day with Jaylon Smith,” he said. “I saw all of the guys who were there last year like (Manti) Te’o and everybody. They were down there getting ready for the Pro Day on Tuesday.”
2014 Irish defensive line commit Jay Hayes was one 2014 recruit Brent did have a chance to speak with.
“He was one of the people I spent a lot of time with,” said Brent. “He was excited and had a great time up there coming from Brooklyn with his mom. It was good to see him.”
Even though the visit was brief, Brent was glad he made it.
“It was good to get an inside look at practice to see how physical it was and just getting ready and knowing what to expect when I get there next year.”