Three-star defensive tackle Kurt Hinish committed to Notre Dame in March following his first visit to South Bend.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder from Pittsburgh Central Catholic returned to South Bend on April 16 for the Blue-Gold Game. He felt right at home spending time with his future teammates and coaches.
“It was nice,” Hinish said. “It was like visiting back at home, honestly. I can't wait to get back up there for a regular game.”
Hinish and his father drove up for the day and spent the morning getting to know the Irish staff and several other prospects including Josh Lugg and Brock Wright.
“We were hanging out and playing Madden,” Hinish said. “We were talking to the coaches. It was real nice.”
Hinish already knew Lugg from their time playing against each other. It was his first real opportunity to talk with Wright.
“We're pretty good friends now that we hung out with each other,” he said. “It's nice making a bond and having chemistry before we actually get to play with each other. We talked to a couple of the younger guys too.”
After the game, Hinish spoke with defensive line coach Keith Gilmore as well as recruiting coordinator Mike Elston and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
“I talked to coach Gilmore after the game,” Hinish said. “We talked about the game and how he thought the defensive line did and how it improved and what they have to work on in the off-season. I talked to coach Elston and coach VanGorder too for a little bit.”
Notre Dame’s defensive line impressed Hinish.
“They got after it pretty good,” he said. “Notre Dame's defensive line is pretty good. I thought Andrew Trumbetti did a really nice job and Jerry Tillery too and Isaac Rochell is just an animal.”
VanGorder dropped in at Central Catholic on Friday to see Hinish and teammate David Adams, who also committed to the Irish in March. Hinish unfortunately was absent from school that day as he was having his wisdom teeth removed.
He plans to return to South Bend this summer for the Irish Invasion.
For now, Hinish is focused on his spring track season and adding weight for his senior year of football.
“I'm lifting and running a lot,” he said. “I'm trying to get up to about 290 so when I'm playing, I play both ways, so I'll drop down to about 280 and play there.”