Parker Startz made the trip to South Bend earlier this month to see Notre Dame’s home opener against Marshall.
“It was awesome,” the 2024 Chicago linebacker told Irish Sports Daily. “Overall it was just great. The atmosphere was great. The people there were awesome. The coaches, the staff, everyone was very nice and very welcoming.
Startz and his family got to see what Notre Dame and the people of Notre Dame look like.
“When we got there we were walking towards the indoor facility and a guy in a little go-kart picked me and my brothers up and took us to the facility,” the defender said. of Mount Carmel. “Then we went there, we were measured for weight and height. Took a head shot.
“In the indoor facility there was a bunch of different food, a bunch of different games. There was Madden on PS5. There was Spikeball and Frisbee, just a bunch of awesome stuff. It was beautiful in there also and they played us a cool video. It was awesome. This whole indoor facility and the two football fields next to it were beautiful.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound player had the chance to speak with Irish director of recruitment Chad Bowden during the visit.
He just said, ‘What’s up?’ said Startz. “He was glad I was there and hoped I had a good day and was keeping in touch.
Startz also spoke with other recruiting staff.
“They were awesome,” he said. “They were definitely super nice. They were talking to me, discussing. I felt very welcome.
He couldn’t stay long enough to visit the assistant coaches.
“I saw a few kids on Twitter who were there and met coaches after the game, but I had to leave early because my little brother had a football game,” he said. “I left at the start of the fourth quarter.”
Startz, who already has offers from Akron, West Michigan, Ohio and Bowling Green, plans to keep in touch with the Irish in the future.
He also has a few other visits in mind.
“October 1, I’m going to Minnesota for the Minnesota homecoming. I’m not sure of the date yet, but I’m going up to Madison for a Badger team and I’m probably going to Cincinnati as well.