Lavey Likes What He Sees

Lavey had a nice conversation with Charlie Weis.

Caleb Lavey's first-ever visit to Notre Dame was brief, but it left an impact.

Up from his Celina, Texas home, Caleb Lavey took last weekend to visit both Notre Dame and Michigan on consecutive days.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker enjoyed his stay in South Bend on Friday

"I was very impressed," Lavey stated. "It was a beautiful practice. Just great facilities, and it has an amazing tradition. I was excited to see it and I had a really good time.

"They have a great education and prestigious football program. I'm just real excited about them. It's a great school and it'd be a real honor to play football there."

When they first arrived on campus, Lavey and his father met with Notre Dame linebackers coach/defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. From there, they toured the Guglielmino Athletics Complex to get a up-close look at some of the football facilities.

"That was incredible," Lavey said.

From there, the Celina High standout toured the school.

"It was a beautiful campus," Lavey stated.

The visit ended with Lavey watching the Irish's first spring practice, and then a one-on-one conversation with head coach Charlie Weis.

"I couldn't of been more impressed," Lavey said. "It was a great visit."

Besides Notre Dame and Michigan, Lavey has racked up scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Nebraska. A three-year starter that has led his team in tackles every year, Lavey has 17 total scholarship offers.

As a junior, Lavey had 200 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, helping lead his team to a third-straight state title contest. Weis and Lavey talked for awhile about how he would fit in at Notre Dame.

"He just told me he was very interested in me, and that they're trying to build a program, and he thought I'd be a big part of it," Lavey explained. "I liked coach Weis, and he'll be the guy that will turn Notre Dame around, and I'm excited to see what he can do with Notre Dame."

After watching the Irish practice, Lavey thinks the team would be a good fit for him.

"I definitely liked watching the practice. It was full of intensity, and I liked the way coach Tenuta coached. He knows what he's doing, and he's doing a great job."

Lavey picked up his Notre Dame scholarship offer back in early February. Since then, he has kept in regular touch with assistant coach Tony Alford.

While Lavey is high on Notre Dame, he says he doesn't have any early favorites, and is still considering every program that is considering him. Before the trips to Notre Dame and Michigan last weekend, he took visits to TCU and Baylor. He has upcoming dates scheduled for Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He has already visited those schools in the past.

"I'm just enjoying the process right now," Lavey said, adding later that he still wants to decide before his senior year. "I'm trying to narrow it down as I go, but right now it's getting harder and harder the more schools I visit."

It didn't get any easier when he visited his childhood favorite Michigan. Lavey's father attended school in Ann Arbor, where he was the football team's equipment manager. Lavey has visited the school several times in the past.

"It just brought back memories," he said. "I was excited to come back as a recruit. It was a great experience getting to see everything behind the scenes, that I've never seen before."

Lavey sees a lot of similarities between Notre Dame and Michigan.

"They're both great football programs. The best football programs in the nation, and they're both recovering and making their way back to the top. They're similar, and they have their differences, but they each have a great football program and education program."

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