Cincinnati Elder has been quite nice to Notre Dame in the past decade landing three players from the program including former five-star and NFL Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph and tackle Tommy Kraemer who is battling for the starting right tackle spot.
Rising junior defensive end Spencer Bono hopes he has the opportunity to be next in line to follow Rudolph and Kraemer. The 6-foot-4, 217-pounder heads to South Bend this weekend hoping to land an offer from the Irish.
“It is an honor that the staff from the University of Notre Dame invited me to their camp,” Bono explained. “I've always admired Notre Dame and to be invited is a huge accomplishment to me.”
Bono was invited by defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Elston.
“My coach gave me his number and told me to give him a call, so I did and he invited me up to camp,” Bono said. “Coach Elston has great enthusiasm towards the game, and I admire that.
“I'm hoping to show the coaching staff my ability to rush the passer and show my explosiveness.”
An offer from Notre Dame could make the Irish tough to beat in Bono’s recruitment which includes early offers from Iowa, Boston College, Cincinnati and Toledo with Ohio State and Michigan State showing interest.
“An offer from Notre Dame would mean a lot to me,” Bono said. “I've grown up loving them and I would be extremely excited to have an opportunity to wear blue and gold.
“I've admired Notre Dame my entire life and I'm extremely excited to be able to compete with the best while I'm there. I've always admired Notre Dame’s athletics and academics.”
Bono is also hoping to reconnect with the former Elder alum in South Bend.
“I would also like to see the facilities and get a feel for the campus while I’m there,” Bono said. “I'll probably meet up with Tommy Kraemer who graduated from Elder in 2016. I can't wait.”
Following his time in South Bend, Bono will have completed visits to Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville, Boston College and Cincinnati.
As a sophomore, Bono recorded 45 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles.
“I think I have a good motor, good hands and awareness on the field,” Bono said when asked to describe his game. “I think I can react really well to whatever I'm up against, but I always need to improve and I still need to get better facing double teams as well as improving my pass rush ability.”