2016 Bishop Luers quarterback Noah Wezensky was really looking forward to getting back up to Notre Dame this weekend, not only because this would be a second consecutive visit, but because it would give him an opportunity to share the experience with his friend and teammate, wide receiver Austin Mack.
Bishop Luers, who have won four-straight state championships in football, is off to an uncharacteristic 0-6 start for 2013, and while there is no doubt that losing can wear on you, the Knights sophomore signal caller feels this weekend could help both players wear off some of that stress.
“This visit was a lot busier then the last, because there seemed to be a lot more people on campus,” said Wezensky. “Both games I've been to were really intense and very important games, but this one was extremely loud and I really enjoyed it a lot.
“We were sitting by the student section, so it was really loud and crazy. It was awesome to be able to experience that with my teammates because it gave us an opportunity to bond even more and also gave them a chance to see what Notre Dame is all about.”
Mack agreed with his quarterback's assessment.
“It really was an awesome visit and I had a lot of fun,” he said. “I saw a lot of new things there. A lot of the recruits that were here were individually picked, so it's great to know I'm already being looked at by Notre Dame.
“We came up with a few our teammates and we all had the opportunity to meet the coaches that recruiter area like coach (Mike) Elston and coach (Chuck) Martin. It was really cool to speak to those guys and we also got to meet with some of the players also. I thought it all went really well.”
The ability to relax in South Bend was definitely a welcomed distraction, but both Wezensky and Mack knew they were at Notre Dame on recruiting business and did their best to picture how they would fit in the Irish program.
“Playing Oklahoma you knew it was going to be a tough game, but what I really liked was the way they pass the ball a lot,” admitted Mack. “Being a wide receiver, that really catches your eye right off the bat. The whole visit really exceeded my expectations. I knew it probably would be a pretty good visit, but I didn't realize just how good it was going to be. I'm definitely really interested in this place.”
The Bishop Luer quarterback feels he learned a few things this weekend also.
“I watched both quarterbacks throughout the game, and even though Tommy (Rees) didn't play his best game, I felt he never gave up,” shared Wezensky. “I kind of visualized myself in the game and I paid attention to what each quarterback was doing. I have no doubt that observing them will definitely help me going forward in my career.”
Now that this visit is in the books both players will be back in Fort Wayne trying to right the ship at Bishop Luers before playoffs roll around. While they look forward to the challenge, both Wezensky and Mack will continue to enjoy the recruiting process over the next few months also.
“I've already been up to Notre Dame for two visits already, so I'm going to be going to Indiana for my next trip,” shared the sophomore quarterback. “I'll be going to Michigan State on November 2nd and I'll be going to Bowling Green sometime soon.”
What about Mack?
“I will definitely be heading back up to Notre Dame for their game against USC and I'm trying to set up a visit with Cincinnati too.
“Recruiting’s getting pretty exciting.”