Ryan enjoys Notre Dame

Four-star small forward Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep recaps a jam-packed weekend at Notre Dame, and is ready to name the Irish among his leaders.

Junior small forward Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep was offered by Notre Dame after Irish head coach Mike Brey saw the four-star play during a July event in Philadelphia. Ryan took his first visit to Notre Dame this past weekend.

"My dad and I got to Notre Dame in the early afternoon on Friday, and then we watched practice at 4 p.m.," Ryan said. "It went really well, and then we went and got burgers with Coach Brey and [assistant] Coach (Martin) Ingelsby and some of the players."

Brey emphasized to Ryan the direction he would like to lead the program in the next few years.

"It was nice getting to know the coaches more," Ryan said. "What we talked about was really casual, nothing too serious. They just stressed how much they want me in the program. Coach Brey said he's in the prime of his career, and he's ready to lead a team deep in March. He wants to win a national championship."

Ryan was also able to review some tape with the staff, and he got a better understanding of how Notre Dame plans to use him. A great stroke from deep, Ryan who stands close to 6-foot-6, 200-pounds, is dynamic on the wing.

"They said that my game reminds them of a few players they have coached in the past," Ryan said. "We were able to watch some film, and they just emphasized how I can fit into what they try to do."

Notre Dame held a walk-through on Saturday, and Ryan was able to participate.

"On Saturday, I got to play with the team," Ryan said. "That was great. Obviously, they're a lot faster and stronger than the guys that I play against, but I was able to get some shots off that I wanted. I think I definitely fit in well."

Ryan grew up a Notre Dame football fan, so taking in the football's team win over Michigan State was a highlight of the trip.

"The game was unbelievable," Ryan said. "The atmosphere was incredible."

Ryan holds close to 20 offers, and after visiting Notre Dame, the Irish occupy a top spot.

"Notre Dame is at the top of the list," Ryan said. "They're one of my favorites at this point. I'm just going to continue with the recruiting process and see where it takes me."

Ryan will head to Boston College for a visit on Oct. 6.

Ryan is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 19 small forward in the class of 2015.

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