Mathers talks Irish offer

One of the new Notre Dame scholarship offers was handed out to I'tavius Mathers, running back from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Irish Eyes spoke with Mathers to learn more about his interest in the Irish.

With offers from several SEC programs, running back I'tavius Mathers of Murfreesboro (TN) Blackman High School has now added Notre Dame. How did Mathers learn about the offer?

"I was told to give Coach (Tim) Hinton a call. He asked me how many offers I had and then told me to add Notre Dame to my list."

Having camped last summer at Notre Dame, Mathers is hoping to make a return trip at some point.

"I have not made up my mind yet on when I will make a return visit. I am hopeful to do so this summer or sometime next fall."

With the attention he has received from program in the south, Mathers is not afraid to say it may be hard to say yes to the Irish.

"I will have to take a hard look because of all the SEC programs that have offered me. I know Notre Dame has a nice campus and some very good facilities. Right now I am open as to any college who offers me."

The Irish are recruiting I'tavius as a running back and at 5-foot-11, 195-pounds; he fits the mold of players Brian Kelly likes at the running back position.

Mathers is only now starting to build a relationship with Coach Hinton, look for the Irish to push forward in the coming weeks to visit Mathers.

As for his game, Mathers knows his strengths and weakness.

"I need to work on my open field running and using my blockers. I feel my strengths are my ability to cut back and use my power."

While he knows little about the Irish offense, I'tavius Mathers has not set a timetable on when he is likely to make his college decision.

"Right now I have not thought too much about when I will make a decision."

Irish Eyes will continue to check in with I'tavius and his interest in the Irish.


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