Irish 1 of 3 in Hunt for 4-star QB Alviti

Maine South High (Park Ridge, Ill.) four-star quarterback Matt Alviti is looking at a trio of schools after a weekend visit to Michigan State. He is also looking at Notre Dame and Northwestern, and he spoke to about the latest developments involving his recruitment, and why Notre Dame wants him to visit campus again.

Four-star quarterback Matthew Alviti was contemplating a decision in the coming weeks, but he is now thinking his timetable for figuring out his destination could be further down the line.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Alviti, who plays at Maine South High (Park Ridge, Ill.) added Michigan State to his list of suitors after a weekend visit. He is also considering Notre Dame and Northwestern.

But one thing that won't impact his recruitment is Notre Dame signing's No. 1-rated quarterback in the 2012 class in Gunner Kiel.

"No matter where you go, you're going to have to compete," Alviti said. "I know that. That's what I look forward to, but at the same time I want to be able to play as soon as possible."

Still, Alviti is thrilled the Irish landed Kiel.

"I'm happy for Notre Dame and Gunner Kiel," he said. "They had to do what they had to do, and they got the top quarterback in the country. I think that's great for them. It doesn't affect my decision."

The Irish certainly haven't slowed their recruitment of Alviti. The sides have been talking about another unofficial visit, although none are set, with the focal point being on developing a relationship with new offensive coordinator Chuck Martin.

"They want to get me back on campus and talk a little bit more now that coach Martin has taken over the offense," Alviti said. "He wants to explain to me what his plans are for the future." Alviti said he is looking at "Notre Dame, Northwestern and Michigan State, not in that order, per se, but those are the top three schools," and added he hope to make a spring decision but could wait until the summer.

He said part of the reason for waiting is to see if any other intriguing suitors comes his way, and his visit to Michigan State is a reason for it.

"I think I'm just taking my time now," Alviti said. "I visited Michigan State this weekend and had a great experience there. I really liked it a lot. I thought the facilities were great there, I really liked coach (Dan) Roushar), the offensive coordinator, (quarterbacks) coach (Dave) Warner and (head) coach (Mark) Dantonio.

"I really like how they approach everything, and what their goal is for their players. I think what they have there is very special."

One thing that won't impact Alviti's decision is the offense his future program will run.

"I run spread at my school, but no matter where I go, the offense doesn't matter," he said. "I have to feel comfortable in it in taking drops, making reads and knowing the terminology." Top Stories