Aside from a minor incident in the stands during Saturday’s game, Tommy Mister (Oak Lawn, Ill./H.L. Richards) could not have asked for a better trip to Notre Dame, and the Fighting Irish are in prime position to land the 2014 athlete.
With offers from Illinois, Northwestern and the Irish, and interest from the rest of the Big Ten and several national schools, Mister already has an early leader.
“I kind of like Notre Dame. Notre Dame is No. 1 right now,” Mister said. “... Coach [Chuck] Martin has really sold me on Notre Dame. The coaching staff is pretty cool. The facilities are great. The players that used to there were talking to me and telling me how great Notre Dame is and how they look out for you after college if you don’t go to the League. They don’t kick you to the sides, don’t use you for your athleticism then just say bye.”
A quarterback at the start of the season, Mister missed Week 3 and it opened the door for a sophomore quarterback at Richards. His emergence allowed Mister to play a hybrid role of running back, receiver, quarterback and Wildcat. He has about 500 yards rushing and 500 yards passing with 10 total touchdowns.
As of now he is thinking of adding 15 pounds to his frame and becoming a running back in college.
That has not changed how Notre Dame has recruited him, and Martin was joking with Mister a bit that he was not visiting the Irish enough.
The Notre Dame fans also let Mister know how much of an asset he could be to the future of the program, and he was impressed at their knowledge.
“The fans were crazy. Half the student body knew who I was. They’re like ‘You’re Tommy Mister.’ I liked that,” he said.
The one setback of Saturday’s game for him?
“I was looking for my seats and someone working for Notre Dame knocked down my nachos,” he said.