2024 Hun School Defensive Lineman (NJ) Owen Waffle saw his recruiting take off this spring as he landed several offers and hit the road for recruiting tours.
College coaches hit the road this month for the spring judging period and Wafle admits he’s lost count of the number of schools that have stopped by to evaluate him and his teammates.
“I don’t even know,” laughed Wafle when asked which schools stopped at the Hun school. go out and be with the whole team.”
For Wafle, the pressure of multiple coaches on the sidelines doesn’t get to him and he’s even taken on a leadership role to help calm his friends’ nerves.
“I try to stay as calm as possible,” Wafle explained. “I don’t try to calm down, so I try to stay calm. A few kids were freaking out a bit and I was trying to calm them down.
“It’s definitely nerve-wracking to play in front of these guys. They’re the ones who give you a future to play college football.”
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound is also grateful to coaches for dropping by and watching his team compete.
“It shows what kind of a special place the Hun school is and how much our coach makes all those coaches look up to us,” Wafle said. “We only do drills, but that’s what they do for a living. They love this stuff because they can actually watch the players.”
As for Notre Dame, defensive coordinator Al Golden spent a few days in New York and New Jersey this week, so it wasn’t a shock to see him show up at the Hun School.
“It was so cool,” Wafle said. “He and I are from the same town and I went to his old high school for a year. I feel like we’ve built a strong relationship so it was cool for him to meet my coach because they hadn’t never met.”
Wafle and Notre Dame defensive line coach Al Washington have continued to build their relationship since the New Jersey native traveled to South Bend in March.
“We have a good relationship,” Wafle said. “We still talk once a week and it’s been going on for a long time. I feel like we know each other well.”