Byrne "completely committed" after visit
Notre Dame commit offensive tackle Jimmy Byrne of Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius had an extremely productive trip to Notre Dame this weekend. "When I first got there, I talked to [strength and conditioning coach] (Paul) Longo about how I'm training and what Notre Dame does for training," Byrne said. "Our programs are pretty similar. He told me to incorporate more Olympic style lifting to increase my strength. Then, I talked with [offensive line coach] (Harry) Hiestand for an hour. We watched film together and I got to pick up on some things which was pretty cool." "After I talked with the coaches I got to eat at the training table for the first time," Bryne said. "I can definitely get used to that. There were burgers, prime rib, and a lot of good food." The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman also got to spend some quality time with 2013 early enrollee, offensive lineman Steve Elmer. "I got to hang out with Steve Elmer and he was really cool," Byrne said. "He's impressing people up there." "Today [Saturday] I got to sit in on some meetings and watch practice," Byrne said. "It was pretty intense, which is what I expected. I liked watching the linemen go at it in the 1v1 drills. The intensity of everything really stood out. The coaches weren't just yelling and screaming, but they really coached up the guys." The highlight of the visit? "I have been a few times and was already familiar with the facilities and campus, so the highlight definitely was just taking my relationship with the coaches to another level," Byrne said. Byrne said the visit also reassured his decision to commit to the Irish. "I'm completely committed," Byrne said. "A few other schools have been contacting me, and I've told them, ‘thanks, but I'm not interested.'" Byrne is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 10 offensive tackle in 2014. He'll be back on campus for the spring game.
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