Justin Brent had never been to a college football game until last year’s Notre Dame spring game and now that the 2014 Indianapolis wide receiver has been committed to the Irish since last summer, he’ll be back in South Bend again this weekend for this year’s Blue-Gold Game.
“I’ll be there Saturday,” the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder from Speedway High School said.
“I’m definitely excited. I’ve been in touch with Coach (Chuck) Martin all week and got it figured out so that I can get up there.”
Martin is also looking forward to having Brent back on campus for the first time since last month’s Junior Day and even joked about finding a way to get Brent on the field.
“He’s excited,” Brent said of the Irish’s offensive coordinator. “He said they were struggling on wide receivers, so they might sneak me a uniform and get me out there.”
Martin was making a joke, but Notre Dame will be limited at receiver with Corey Robinson out with an elbow injury following the transfers of Davonte’ Neal and Justin Ferguson. Brent is aware of the transfers, but isn’t counting on those to provide him with an immediate opportunity in 2014.
“I don’t know,” he said. “You never know who else might commit in the Class of 2014. It’s all about what you do when you get there, so I don’t really pay attention to it. Some people do bring it to my attention, but at the same time, I try not to pay attention to it.”
Brent took an Irish practice during last month’s Junior Day and is excited to see the spring scrimmage.
“I just want to get up there and see the guys,” he said. “I saw the practice, so I want to see how it all plays out on the field. It’s always exciting to see.”
Brent is also excited to see early enrollee receiver James Onwualu get some action.
“I’ve heard good things about him,” said Brent. “He’s been doing really well, I read some article about how he’s going to play. It shows that hard work pays off and I’m happy for him.”
And after having to leave the Junior Day events a bit early, Brent is hoping to have more time to hang out with other 2014 visiting recruits.
“It’s always cool to see those guys and be at the spot we’re going to be in the future,” he said. “Hopefully I get to talk to more of them. I didn’t get to talk to many of them at the Junior Day because I left before everybody else. Hopefully I get to see them and communicate with them a little more.”
Other than that, Brent is just looking forward to having a good time and, “Maybe getting some new gear, that’s always fun.”