Chason Virgil wanted to experience a big-time college football atmosphere and the 2015 Texas quarterback wasn’t disappointed by the one he was on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series win over Arizona State.
“It was really the first big college game that I’ve got to see,” the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder from West Mesquite High School said. “It was a great experience to see the fans, see how the college games are and how lively they are.
“What stood out to me most had to be the crowd and the noise of the game. I’ve always dreamed of playing in front of playing in front of a big crowd like that and to be a part of a big crowd like that and to see how those guys handle it, it was amazing.”
Like his teammate, 2015 wide receiver Akilian Butler, Virgil kept his eye on the Irish offense and their system.
“They do some things similar to what we do at West Mesquite,” said Virgil. “I like the offense a lot. It’s a good system.”
Virgil paid close attention from afar last year when Notre Dame made a run to the BCS National Championship with Everett Golson at quarterback. The junior quarterback sees differences between the way the Irish operate with Golson and Tommy Rees.
“I just think what they did last year with Golson was more designed runs with Golson,” said Virgil. “They made more of the run plays read-option types so the running backs weren’t getting keyed on as much because Golson was running the ball as well, so they had to key on two people.
“It’s different from Tommy Rees. I think Tommy Rees threw the ball a lot more than Golson did. I think he’s a better passer, but Golson could beat with his arm and his feet, so it was harder to defend Golson I would say.”
Virgil, who already has offers from schools like Texas, Nebraska, Clemson, UCLA and Arizona State among others, believes he’d be blending of the two if he went to Notre Dame, but more like Golson than Rees.
“I think I can run just like Golson,” he said. “I am more of a pass-first guy. I think it would be like Golson, but I would probably say it would be in the middle because I like to pass a lot too. It’d fit in to what they do because they like to run and throw the ball.”
Virgil’s interest in the Irish was high coming into the game and Saturday didn’t change that, so he’s looking forward to reaching out to the Notre Dame staff soon.
“They sent me a contact list to get in touch with them,” he said. “I really like them as a program. I think they have a good program there at Notre Dame. I’m going to try to get in touch with the coaches and keep in touch with them as I’m going through my recruiting process.”
Virgil will be at Clemson for the Tigers’ game against Florida State in a couple weeks, but that’s the only other trip he has scheduled at this point.