Then he thought, why wait if he had found what he wanted? Mustipher on Monday chose Notre Dame from the 30-plus schools that had offered him scholarships.
“I just thought it was the best fit for me, and I didn’t want to end up missing the opportunity,” Mustipher said Monday night. “So I decided to [commit]. I felt like with the recruiting process, I was ready to get it over with. It was crazy. I would have to call coaches every night and things like that. It got a little bit overwhelming.
“When I got the chance to hang out [at Notre Dame] with the players, it felt like a perfect situation. I’m ready to accept the challenge athletically and academically.”
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Mustipher, a second-team All-Met last season who carries a 4.59 grade-point average, plans to study civil or aerospace engineering.
He becomes the first Notre Dame scholarship player in the 43-year coaching career of Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy. Other players under Milloy have been offered by the Irish, but Mustipher is the first to accept.
“Say what you want, Notre Dame is still Notre Dame,” Milloy said. “If you’re from a Catholic high school, it’s just a little bit different. It’s hard to put that in words, but it’s just a little bit different.
“He’s our poster child. We’re as pleased as we can be that he made a great choice and that he can be devoid of all those distractions and just concentrate on Good Counsel this fall. That’s good news to me.”
Mustipher, too, is focused on the Falcons winning a fifth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. But as of Monday he has taken on another role, morphing from frazzled recruit to gung-ho recruiter.
“Now that it’s all over, I’m looking forward to recruiting guys to come and be a part of the Irish family,” he said. “As a prospect, now I kind of understand what they’re going through and what it takes for you to feel that urge to commit. So I’m going to try to approach them the way coaches approached me, only on a teenage level.
“Are they really feeling the school? Is it a mutual thing or one-sided? I want to try to get the best guys in the country to go to Notre Dame. I want guys from all over. Guys who want to get a good degree and win championships as well.”
I’ve decided that I will be attending Notre Dame and will do my best to add all that I can to the Irish academically and athletically!
— Sam Mustipher II (@IAmFiveTwo) April 15, 2013