Garrett Goebel (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) is a Scout.com preseason top-100 player. A number of Notre Dame fans have been wondering why the Irish haven't offered a top prospect that is not only from the Chicago area, but he also attends a Catholic high school. Early this week Charlie Weis and coach Ianello stopped by Garrett's high school to let him know that they were still very interested in him.
"They came in on Monday and they said that they were still interest in me," Goebel responded when asked about Notre Dame's interest in him. "They said they thought I was a scholarship player, but they wanted to see some more grades and my ACT score. I just got my ACT back today and I got a 22, so hopefully they'll offer."
Rumors have been circulating that Goebel is favoring the Ohio State Buckeyes, but at this point in his recruitment Garrett is trying to keep an open mind.
"I have offers from all the Big Ten except Northwestern, Penn State, and Michigan," Goebel explained. " I also have offers from Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Miami, North Carolina State, and Arizona State.
"I think Northwestern and Virginia will be offering soon, now that I have my ACT score. I really haven't heard much from Michigan. I receive mail from them, but I haven't spoken to any of the coaches. I sent them my film to them, but I really haven't heard much.
"I'm still pretty open. I really don't have a favorite at this point." he said. "I'm going to wait until the end of May and then I'll start narrowing things down. Notre Dame still has a shot. I've talked to coach Brown a couple times and I've also spoken with coach Ianello. I'm pretty comfortable with the coaches.
"Coach Brown said he likes me. It's really not because I'm from the Chicago area, but because he likes my style of play and that I'm his type of guy. I respect him and I respect the way he coaches. He's aggressive. I like that about him."
The Irish would like to have hosted Goebel last weekend for their annual Blue-Gold game, but after being on the road for weeks, Garrett decided it was time to relax.
Notre Dame appears to be recruiting Goebel as a defensive lineman, but he could also work his way to the offensive line if there was a need for him to play there.
"I just stayed home last weekend," Garrett said. "I needed a weekend off. I've seen most of the schools that I wanted to see. I made trips to Notre Dame, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State and Arizona State.
"I liked them all. None of them really jumped out at me. I thought they were all nice and I think they all have a lot to offer."