Notre Dame needed to make a big impression on the recruits that visited for the Blue-Gold game. One of the players that the Irish staff and the Notre Dame fans impressed was Kyle Jackson (6-1, 225-pounds).
"It was incredible," Jackson said of his trip to South Bend. "Friday night I met up with Morrice Richardson, we're pretty good friends. We met at a couple combines last year. He's been helping me out with the whole recruiting process and everything. Once I started picking up interest in Notre Dame I started asking him questions.
"Morrice had given me an idea of what [Notre Dame] would be like, but I didn't know it would be as crazy as it was. It's hard to describe. Everything leading up to the game was pretty cool. Jimmy made his announcement. We met with the coaches and ate lunch. Then we went into the game and that's when things started heating up.
"After we ate lunch, we all came out of the tent and the fans just started swarming," recalled Jackson. "There were people everywhere asking for autographs, we were signing jerseys and programs. Then they took us into the stadium so we could get our tickets and get on the field. We were walking down the tunnel, Jimmy and me were walking next to each other, and they just started throwing stuff down at us to sign. A girl screamed my name, I looked up, and she throws a football at me and it hits me in the chin. She said ‘Sign that.' It was incredible, and I was loving every bit of it.
"Then Marc Tyler came through, he was having fun with the whole thing, and he was saying "Major Wright No.1 safety in America. Kyle Jackson No.1 linebacker in the South.' He was screaming names of different recruits adding to the hype and people would go crazy every time he did that. It was fun. On top of that, all the recruits were cool. It wasn't like any of the recruits were bigheaded or anything. If those guys could end up being my future teammates, that would be fun."
As much fun as Jackson was having he also was impressed with the time the Notre Dame coaching staff dedicated to the recruits.
"I got a chance to talk to coach Weis quite a bit," explained Jackson. "Me and Steve Paskorz were eating at the same table and he stopped by. Then I got to talk to him a little in the locker room.
All the coaches had to be in and out. They had to get the players on the field and work with them as well as meet with us, so I thought I got a good amount of time with them with what little amount of time they had to spend with me.
"Coach Lewis told me what I needed to get an offer. He said they had seen all my tape. I can stuff the run, but they want to see more plays in the open field. So they're going to get a look at me at the combine in Athens this weekend. Their biggest issue was that they wanted players that could move around. They want guys that can move and make plays on the run."
Jackson does a have a lot of interest in the Irish, but that wasn't always the case.
"I liked Notre Dame because it's Notre Dame, but it wasn't a school that I was deeply interested in," Jackson said. "Never in a million years did I think I'd be recruited by Notre Dame, especially being from the South. It started out with letters, then I started getting in contact to coach Lewis and now I went to the Blue-Gold game this past weekend."
Jackson currently holds offers from Mississippi State and Ball State.
As a junior Jackson recorded 110 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, 12 pass breakups, 17 QB pressures, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.