Three-star receiver Mac Hippenhammer won the 40-yard dash for his position on Saturday night during the Irish Invasion. Considering the talent working out – new commit Jordan Pouncey, top junior Amon-Ra St. Brown and elite sophomore Bru McCoy – it was victory to savor for the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider product.
“It feels good, to be honest,” Hippenhammer said. “To be the fastest receiver among a really good group of receivers and high competition feels good.”
After the Invasion, Notre Dame assistant Mike Elston chatted with the speedy slot prospect.
“He was telling me that he didn’t get a chance to watch me much tonight because he was working with the linebackers, but he’s going to talk to coach (Mike) Denbrock and see where I stand and get back with me,” Hippenhammer said. “I really enjoyed working with (Denbrock). It was great to work out in the stadium and be able to show what you got in front of some good competition. I think I did pretty well. I was catching everything and was consistent with everything.”
Irish Invasion was Hippenhammer’s fourth visit to campus. He visited for the Texas and Wake Forest games in the fall and attended a Junior Day in the spring.
The 6-foot, 170-pound slot receiver says he clocks a high 4.4 in the 40.
“I worked a lot on getting in and out of my breaks faster and the depth of my routes (this offseason),” Hippenhammer said.
Hippenhammer is exploring the possibility of being a dual-sport athlete in college.
He caught 67 passes for 953 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall and hit .429 as a shortstop and leadoff hitter in the spring.
Among Hippenhammer’s offers for football are double-digit MAC programs along with Illinois and Syracuse.
“I think Penn State and Iowa are pretty close to offering, and I’m camping at Indiana and Wake Forest this summer,” Hippenhammer said.
Should Notre Dame pull the trigger the Irish would be tough to beat.
“It’s Notre Dame,” Hippenhammer said. “It’s one of the best schools in the country. I love the atmosphere. The tradition is what makes it so great.”