After ND Visit, Two Stand Out to QB Alviti

Class of 2013 quarterback Matt Alviti took in his first game at Notre Dame Stadium when USC was in town Saturday. He spoke to about the day, why the fans stood out, and what he is hearing from the Irish coaching staff. Alviti also talked about the two schools standing out to him.

Quarterback Matthew Alviti made his first visit for a Notre Dame game, and he left with an enhanced image of the program, and with the Irish among his top two schools.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Alviti, who has Maine South High (Park Ridge, Ill.) sitting at 9-0, was also taken aback by the reception he received from the fans before the loss to USC.

"It was a great experience being at Notre Dame and it was mind-blowing to see people you don't even know, they know you already," he said. "You're a recruit and they know who you are, and the fans are crazy."

Alviti acknowledged he had a hard time suppressing a smile when fans starting calling his name. "It's hard to explain," he said. "You're not used to it. That was the first time it happened to me. It's mind-blowing, a great experience and a great feeling."

Alviti holds offers from North Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana and UCLA, but said two were standing out.

"I would say my two top schools are Notre Dame and Northwestern," Alviti said. "I talk to (Notre Dame assistant) coach (Chuck) Martin at least once a week and we have a real good relationship. I like Notre Dame a lot, and I like the coaches there a lot and I feel that they like me, so it's a good fit, and the offense is a good fit for me.

"I like Northwestern a lot. I talk to their coach a lot, coach (Pat) Fitzgerald every week and I talk to (quarterbacks) coach (Mick) McCall every week. I talk to both of those schools, and both of those schools are great fits offensively."

Alviti already attended Northwestern vs. Michigan and Wisconsin vs. Nebraska this season. He said he tries not to compare the visits at this point of his recruitment, but did say the day in South Bend (Ind.) was exceptional.

"It was above and beyond anything I could have imagined," Alviti said. "It was a great experienced. Obviously, I wanted Notre Dame to win and you get caught up in the game, but I was trying to watch the quarterbacks as much as possible, and see what they do, and learn."

Prior to the game, Alviti was able to talk to a few of the Irish coaches.

"I got a chance to speak a little with coach (Brian) Kelly and (assistant) coach (Charley) Molnar," he said. "I talked to Kelly a little bit before the game, and he was excited. We just talked about the game because he was more focused on the game." Top Stories