Three-star Jonathon MacCollister previews decision and Notre Dame visit

Notre Dame defensive end target Jonathon MacCollister explains how this weekend’s Notre Dame visit will affect his decision timeline.

Headlining the list of visitors with the best odds to commit at Irish Invasion is defensive end Jonathon MacCollister.

The three-star Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore prospect plans to make a decision by the end of this month, though it could come as soon as the weekend. 

“It could happen anytime at the end of June,” MacCollister said. “I don’t have a specific day picked out or anything.

“If I have an amazing time at Notre Dame, I could commit while I’m there.”

Irish Invasion will mark MacCollister’s first trip to Notre Dame after the Irish offered in May.

MacCollister’s parents will joint the 6-foot-4, 238-pound defensive end on the trip. They’ll make a stop at Tennessee before arriving in South Bend on Saturday and staying until Monday. 

Touring campus is MacCollister’s primary priority during the visit. He admits there’s nothing pressing he plans to address with the coaching staff.

“Not really, I’ve already asked (Keith Gilmore) about fit into the scheme and stuff like that, and I’m pretty comfortable with it,” MacCollister said. “I was talking to coach Gilmore, and he said I’ll be a good pass rushing defensive end at 245 or 250 pounds.

“I’m not sure of the exact specifics I’ll play in their 3-4 defense that they run … or maybe they run a 4-3?  Looks like I’ve got to do more homework. But he says they recruit guys for their scheme, and each guy has a specific fit.”

Ohio State, which projects MacCollister as a tight end, is also a contender in this recruitment, though the Buckeyes are not slated to receive a visit before MacCollister makes a decision.  

“Me personally, I think I can succeed at either position because I’m an athlete,” MacCollister said. “I just want to play wherever helps the team be most successful.”

Notre Dame freshman offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux was prep teammates with MacCollister. The Class of 2016 enrolled last weekend. 

“He’s been sending me pictures of the view he has from his dorm room and the Golden Dome,” MacCollister said. “He’s looking forward to getting me up there.”

Notre Dame is considered the favorite to land MacCollister as Irish Invasion approaches.

“I don’t have a list or anything,” MacCollister said. “I’m just going to announce my decision when I’m ready. Basically, if I feel at home and I find my second family, then I see no reason to hold back and not commit.” Top Stories