The Brian Kelly recruiting train is picking up steam with Notre Dame receiving its fifth verbal commitment of the week and ninth overall on Wednesday in the form of offensive tackle Mattew Hegarty.
Hegarty (6-5, 265, 5.25) selected Notre Dame after collecting an offer list that represents a who’s who of college football. Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, and USC among other schools all offered the blue chip tackle.
Hegarty was recently selected as the OL MVP at the National Underclassman Combine. Highlights from his one on one drills at the combine can be seen below.
Securing a commitment from an elite offensive tackle this early in the recruiting process is impressive enough for a new staff. The fact that Kelly and company were able to pull Hegarty out of New Mexico, a state that rarely sends players to Notre Dame, makes the feat that much more impressive.
With the addition of Hegarty, Notre Dame is up to 5 commitments since the weekend. Elite tight end Ben Koyack committed on Monday while Tony Springmann, Jarrett Grace, and Conor Hanratty didn’t make it through the weekend before pulling deciding on Notre Dame.
The calendar still reads April and Notre Dame now has three offensive line commitments for the class of 2011 – all of which were highly sought after recruits recruited by the nation’s elite programs. The types of offensive linemen added to this class gives a hint as to the type of OL we’ll see Kelly target – versatile big men that can play multiple positions.
Hegarty joins Jordan Prestwood and Conor Hanratty along the offensive in this class. All three are capable of playing tackle on the college level although Hanratty is most likely destined for the interior of the line. Tony Springmann is also listed as an offensive lineman on most recruiting sites, however, he has said that he was recruited as a defensive end for the Irish.
If Kelly can keep this momentum going through the summer and into the season and back up what appears to be one heck of a sales pitch with a solid product on the field, this class could end up a very good first go round for the new Irish head coach.