Bivin Reflects On Irish Official Visit

In the heart of his final season of high school basketball, Notre Dame offensive line pledge Hunter Bivin made his way to campus last weekend for his official visit with the Irish. caught up with Bivin to learn more about his visit.

The past year has been magical for Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo High School offensive lineman Hunter Bivin as he became a top-level football prospect and helped his basketball team reach the Sweet 16 in the Kentucky high school basketball playoffs.

This past weekend Bivin took some time away from basketball for his official visit to Notre Dame.

"The visit went good," said Bivin. "I had a good time spending some good time with the players and eating at some good restaurants. My host was Nick Martin and he lives with his brother Zach and Tommy Rees so I was around them all the time."

Having issued his pledge in March of last year, Bivin was along for the full ride as the Irish completed an undefeated regular season and setting the bar high for those to come.

"Notre Dame just kept fighting and believing in each other," said Bivin. "Some of the wins were not pretty, but they got the job done. I'm excited as it seems like it's going to be a lot of fun there and I'm going to get a chance to play some good football against some good players. Hopefully, we'll keep the winning tradition going."

While some pledges were concerned about the Irish losing Brian Kelly to the NFL, Bivin lost no sleep with all the talk.

"I was not really worried as I felt I was going to Notre Dame anyway," said Bivin. "I committed to a school and not a coach. I've been a Notre Dame fan since I was a kid.

"If that was going to happen, it was going to happen, and there was nothing I was going to do about it. So I figured there wasn't any point of worrying about it."

Joining Bivin on his official visit was his mother and brother, and both came away impressed.

"My mom loved it as she's a hard core Catholic," said Bivin. "So being up there at a big Catholic university made her giddy the whole time walking around campus and looking at all the pretty artwork and all that stuff. So they enjoyed it a lot and had a lot of fun as much as I did."

As is normal practice, Bivin got a chance to catch up with Irish head coach Brian Kelly and future position coach Harry Hiestand. How did those meetings go?

"With coach Kelly there was nothing really new as we just talked about general stuff with my mom and brother there," he said. " So we just shot the breeze. Coach Hiestand went over schemes and all that good stuff. He didn't really say what position I'd play, but I'll play any of the five positions as I don't care. But we went over pass protection and all that good stuff."

As Irish fans witnessed during Bivin's performance in the Under Armour All-American game, he's able to play anywhere on the line including center.

"I played center my sophomore season and on and off during my junior season," said Bivin. "So it wasn't the first time I had to play there. We kind of had a knucklehead at center last year who liked to get kicked out of games and I had to fill in for him a little big. So I just had to shake the rust off a little big and do what I had to do."

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