Bishop Luers senior linebacker Jaylon Smith has been in a Notre Dame frame of mind all season by wearing Irish headbands and gloves. Now he can focus on his future with the Irish football program after winning his fourth straight Class 2A state title last month and the subsequent parade of awards is over for him.
Smith talked Saturday about Notre Dame after receiving his Butkus Award as the nation's top prep linebacker at the school from the award's namesake, NFL legend Dick Butkus.
Smith will not be attendance Jan. 7 when Notre Dame plays Alabama in the national championship game because of the expenses to make the trip to Miami, Fla.
He will watch the game on television with family and friends.
"It will definitely get better when they win the national championship," Smith said of being a Notre Dame recruit.
He took his official visit to the Notre Dame campus last weekend and even helped to recruit a player -- Greg Bryant from Delray Beach, Fla., the No. 2 high school running back in the nation.
"We got him to commit, and he loves it," Smith said. "We are just going to step in and play. We are going to be a young team and developing. I am just glad to have the staff we do at Notre Dame."