Regan seizes walk-on opportunity

Darien (Ill.) Hinsdale senior quarterback Robby Regan explains how he and Notre Dame came to find one another

Last August, Brian Kelly made transparent the value he places on the work of his scout team signal-callers when Notre Dame granted scholarships to walk-on quarterbacks Charlie Fiessinger and Montgomery VanGorder.

In June, Robby Regan will join the Irish football class of 2015 as a walk-on quarterback looking to fight for that same opportunity awarded to Fiessinger and VanGorder.

Regan, who hails from Darien (Ill.) Hinsdale and is teammates with Notre Dame’s top 2016 target Josh King, committed to Notre Dame in December.

“I visited Notre Dame last spring and summer for camp,” Regan said. “That’s kind of when I first started to get to know the coaches. I visited for games against Michigan and Louisville in the fall, and around that time I reached out to Coach (Brian) VanGorder, but I never heard back from him. That’s when Josh gave me Brian Kelly’s contact information and I emailed him my film. He responded to me that he was coming to visit my school and we’d have a conversation about me being a walk-on.”

Other walk-on options for Regan included Indiana, Northern Illinois, and Penn, but Regan had his heart set on Notre Dame.

“Notre Dame is the perfect fit for me,” Regan said. “I have been a Notre Dame my entire life. I love the campus, and I’m getting a top education. It’s pretty awesome.”

At 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, Regan prefers the term “football player” instead of quarterback.

“I consider myself a football player and not just a quarterback,” Regan said. “I have a strong arm and I read plays well. I’m a tough runner that’s hard to bring down, and I have decent speed.”

Regan says his relationship with King will only bolster the Irish’s chances of landing the four-star junior.

“We hang out a lot, and we’re really close friends,” Regan said. “I know he has a lot of schools coming after him right now, but it only helps Notre Dame that I’m going there.”

Notre Dame expects King to visit campus within the next month.

Regan threw for 918 yards and rushed for 847 last season. He boasts a weighted GPA of 5.6 and plans to take pre-med classes at Notre Dame.


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