Falcon seeks out ND

Four-star running back Matt Falcon hopes visiting Notre Dame this weekend will get the coaches closer to making a scholarship offer. Tennessee is currently running out front for the Michigan prospect.

Matt Falcon doesn’t want to keep waiting on Notre Dame, which is why he’s heading to South Bend this weekend.

Falcon, a four-star running back from Southfield, Mich., will make the trek to Notre Dame on Saturday without a scholarship offer in hand. He hopes getting to campus for the first time will help build some momentum toward changing that status.

“The coaches were talking pretty good about me,” Falcon said. “I know they had told me they were evaluating some other guys, so I just wanted to get out there and show them my presence and try to make them a believer in me. Try to show them I’m the best running back they can recruit.”

Notre Dame already holds a commitment from Tony Jones, a four-star running back from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Falcon is ranked No. 149 overall in the latest Scout300 and holds offers from Arizona State, Iowa, Michigan, N.C. State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State and West Virginia, among others. UCLA and Michigan State have also shown interest.

But even with so many options on the table, Falcon wants to seek the Irish out at least a little bit.

“It’s the academic side of Notre Dame,” Falcon said. “I’m really big into academics. I feel like Notre Dame could help me achieve that goal. Plus the football is good too, so it would just be a great place to be.”

Falcon has watched the football team from afar for a while, including in opposing stadiums.

“I like the way Notre Dame plays,” he said. “I’ve seen them in person a couple times when they played Michigan. But other than that I’ve seen them on TV and they have a lot of success at what they do. That’d be a good thing to be a part of.”

More visits are starting to take shape for Falcon as well. Tennessee is slated to host the 6-foot, 200-pound prospect on April 25 and will do so looking to solidify a lead.

Falcon said the Volunteers are out front.

“I have good conversations with the coaches a lot,” Falcon said. “I’ve built good relationships with coach (Steve) Stripling and coach (Robert) Gillesie. Really I just want to get out there and see it for myself and have a more clear mindset about how everything I want to play out after I visit them.”

Whether it’s Notre Dame or Tennessee, Falcon has certain criteria for first time campus visits.

“Really when I get up there I just want to get to know all the coaches,” he said. “See what the coaches’ mindset is, if they’re in the right mind to get me better as a man and not just as a football player. I want to see if the school offers what I would like to do for a career. Those are two major things that I look for when I go out to a new college.”

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