Less than a week after Notre Dame defensive line coach Keith Gilmore watched three-star prospect Jonathon MacCollister work out, the Irish extended an offer.
The Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore product spoke with Gilmore over the phone on Monday night.
“He said he’s really fired up about me,” MacCollister said. “He said he definitely wants to get me on campus soon.”
A visit could occur next month for Irish Invasion.
“I think my coach is going up there for Irish Invasion, so I may fly up there with him,” MacCollister said.
The Irish offered the 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect as a strong-side defensive end. Other programs are recruiting him to play tight end and along the offensive line.
“For me it really doesn’t matter where I play,” MacCollister said. “My decision depends more on the program and the education.”
Notre Dame inked MacCollister’s teammate, offensive lineman Parker Boudreax, in February.
“I definitely know a lot about Notre Dame,” MacCollister said. “I grew up watching them on TV, know about their tradition, and of course, Rudy. Then when Parker knew he was going there, I learned even more. We’re close friends.”
Schools that have offered MacCollister include Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.
A few are sticking out above the rest.
“I have a good list of schools right now,” MacCollister said. “Notre Dame definitely jumped up there. My top schools are Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and UCLA. Notre Dame would definitely be in my top three.”
Visits to Auburn and North Carolina occurred this spring. No future trips are currently scheduled.
MacCollister will make a decision sometime this summer.
“Obviously education is going to be important, but I want a place that feels like family,” MacCollister said. “I want an environment I can be happy in for the next four years.
“I definitely want to decide before the season. When is going to be the exact right time, I’m not sure.”