Many thought Notre Dame's blowout loss to Alabama in the national championship game would have a negative impact on the Fighting Irish's ability to recruit.
However, that was not the case with 4-star offensive tackle Quenton Nelson.
He committed to Notre Dame in early May and is one of the Fighting Irish's marquee 2014 commitments. According to the 247Sports Composite, Nelson is the No. 12 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 3 player from the state of New Jersey.
In a recent phone interview, Bleacher Report talked to Nelson about his commitment and more. Here's how it went down:
Bleacher Report: Why did you choose to commit to Notre Dame?
Quenton Nelson: It was a pretty easy decision. There's nothing not to like about Notre Dame. They gave me the best combination of academics, football and a Catholic education.
BR: Did you consider any other schools before committing to Notre Dame?
QN: I was considering Ohio State, Boston College, Penn State, Northwestern and Rutgers.
BR: Was it a close call in your opinion?
QN: After weighing everything, all the pros and cons about each school, Notre Dame really didn't have any cons to it. It was pretty easy to see that Notre Dame was the best choice and fit for me.
BR: What are you bringing to the table for the Fighting Irish?
QN: Just a kid that will represent the school well, academically and on the field. Work very hard, give it everything he has in practice and in the weight room.
BR: What do you look forward to in regard to being coached by Coach [Brian] Kelly?
QN: He has a lot of experience. He's been at a lot of places and has done very well. I'm just looking forward to becoming part of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish family.
BR: If Coach Kelly went to the NFL, would that have changed your decision to commit?
QN: No. As long as I still have my position coach, Coach [Harry] Hiestand. He's great and a big reason why I committed to Notre Dame, along with what a prestigious school Notre Dame is. The people there all love football and live it, and the academics are great.
Nelson was asked if he watched the national championship game last season, which Notre Dame lost to Alabama, 42-14. He responded yes, and it led to this question:
BR: As a Notre Dame recruit, did last year's national championship game impact your decision process whatsoever?
QN: Absolutely not. It didn't impact me at all. The facts remain the same. Notre Dame gives me the best opportunity academically, football wise and everything I said before.
BR: Why do you think Notre Dame lost?
QN: Clearly because Alabama was better. With 2013's recruiting class and the recruiting class we have going now though, I think things are going to change soon.
BR: What do you think would happen if ND and Alabama met up today with those recruiting classes?
QN: Notre Dame will win.
BR: Notre Dame has a very loyal fanbase. Have you had much interaction with Fighting Irish fans? What are they like?
QN: They definitely are the best. On Twitter, a bunch of them will tweet at me, direct message me if I follow them. They're truly the best fans out there.
BR: What's your favorite food?
QN: That's a hard one, the hardest question you've asked so far. Probably chicken parmesan—my mom's.
BR: Who's your favorite musician?
QN: I like all types of music, but my favorite artist is Luke Bryan. I just started to like country a lot.
BR: What are you looking forward to about your senior season?
QN: Hopefully winning a state championship. I just can't wait for football again.
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