Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead's Ben Bredeson is one of the Midwest's top offensive linemen in a deep 2016 class for the position across the region. Notre Dame is the most recent school to offer the rising junior.
"The Notre Dame thing got my summer off to a good start," Bredeson said. "I just went there for a visit on Tuesday and spend the day down there. That's when they offered me."
Bredeson had contact with Notre Dame coaches prior to Tuesday's visit, and was interested in the school even before he stepped on campus.
"Being a Midwest guy, I know Notre Dame is up there at the pinnacle of college football so I always wanted to see it," Bredeson said. "Coach (Harry) Hiestand had come by here one day and we were in contact over the phone, so I finally set up a visit and went down there."
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Bredeson has seen several college campuses over the last few months, and said Notre Dame stacked up well to his previous experiences.
"Notre Dame was definitely the best campus," Bredeson said. "Just the way everything is set up there and the tradition and history they have there, it is special. Not many other schools come close to that, so it was neat going down there and seeing everything."
Hiestand was Bredeson's primary escort on the visit, but he also spent time with head coach Brian Kelly and several additional members of the Notre Dame coaching staff.
"They didn't want to pack everything into the first day because they definitely have a lot to show," Bredeson said, "but they said the academics there are (matched) by only 2-3 other schools in the nation and they have the stats to back that up. Everyone knows a Notre Dame degree is worth a lot these days.
"Then, just the way they can grow people spiritually, mentally and physically was another thing they were preaching on. It all interested me because it is a different mentality than other schools."
The offer from Notre Dame was the eighth for Bredeson in the process, and has combined with his recent visit has the Fighting Irish in good position going forward in his recruitment.
"I wasn't completely sure (before the visit), but I was thinking that they would probably end up being somewhere near the top, and now I think they will be up there," Bredeson said.
The other schools that have offered Bredeson are Iowa State, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He does not have any other summer campus visits planned, but could schedule trips if the opportunities arise.