Lucky for Notre Dame, that’s not the case this weekend.
“I have a bye week which is good, so I can get up to Notre Dame early and not be tired,” Zeke Motta began. “Because these last two official visits I took, I had to get up early Saturday and stay up all day and all night, and wake up early on Sunday. But it’s fun.”
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Motta will travel to South Bend on Friday, ready to take in all of Notre Dame’s weekend football festivities. His father Bill, who happens to be Motta’s defensive coordinator at Vero Beach High and a former Auburn linebacker, will also be making the trip. The two saw the Irish campus together for the first time this summer at a camp where Motta earned his scholarship offer to Notre Dame, and his father worked as a counselor.
“Probably just seeing how the college atmosphere is there, and how I fit in with the players,” Motta said of what he’s going to be looking for on this visit. “And when I was there over the summer, they were out of school so there wasn’t a lot of college life going on. I want to see how that is, and see some of the tradition that everyone thinks so highly of. I’d say also see the game you know.”
The Irish will be hosting Stanford.
Before making any kind of decision, Motta also plans on taking an official visit to Florida in the future. The Gators offered him a scholarship last Friday, and round out his top four with the Irish, Auburn and Boston College.
“That’s what it’s down to right now,” Motta stated.
At least once a week, Motta is in touch with somebody from the Notre Dame staff, whether it’s head coach Charlie Weis, or assistants Bernie Parmalee, Jon Tenuta or Corwin Brown.
“It’s pretty cool,” Motta said of talking with high-profile college coaches. “A lot of kids don’t get a chance to do that, and when I mention it to my friends they freak out. It’s pretty cool to know someone wants you to really come play at their school.
Weis gave Motta a call on Tuesday night.
“He just wanted to say he was looking forward to seeing me this weekend, and just checking in basically.”
Vero Beach High heads into the bye week with a 4-1 record. Motta has been a stat filler, racking up 30 solos, 15 assists, with five tackles coming for loss. Motta has two sacks, an interception, three quarterback pressures, a pass breakup, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and one pass breakup.
“He’s doing good,” the elder Motta said.
When Notre Dame offered Motta his scholarship back in July, Tenuta told Motta they see him as a player that could play a combination of safety and linebacker.
As a junior, Motta was named to the class 6-A First-Team All-State squad after registering 143 tackles and two sacks. With his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, the hard-hitting standout also had one interception, four fumble recoveries and blocked five kicks.
Stay tuned to Irish Eyes this weekend for information on how Motta’s visit to Notre Dame went.