Four-star junior will be back at ND

Matt Bockhorst plans to return to South Bend this fall for another visit. The four-star offensive lineman hopes to land an Irish offer.

Junior four-star offensive tackle Matt Bockhorst spent his summer vacation traveling to exotic locations such as South Bend and Happy Valley to check out some of his favorite programs.

The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati expects to return to Notre Dame and Penn State this fall. He hopes to see a few more programs too.

“I most likely will be at the Penn State-Rutgers game and the ND-USC game,” Bockhorst said. “I’d love to take a lot of visits but our Saturday morning films and lifting prohibits a lot of those. We’ll see what other places I can go.”

Penn State has offered Bockhorst but the Irish remain in a holding pattern as they put together their 2017 recruiting board. Juniors Dillon Gibbons and Josh Lugg have already committed to the Irish, filling two offensive line slots.

Bockhorst camped at Notre Dame each of the past two summers and remains hopeful he’ll pick up an offer.

For now, he’ll focus on taking care of business on the field.

“We had our first scrimmage last Friday and another scrimmage this Friday,” Bockhorst said. “I have been tearing it up. There's still some things I need to clean up with my pass pro technique and run blocking when I’m one-on-one with a defensive lineman. I focused on those things in practice and I'm very confident that they will be fixed for this Friday. I definitely had my fair share of pancakes though.”

Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt have also offered Bockhorst, who ranks as the 12th best guard and the 191st best prospect in the nation. Top Stories