Long pitches ‘tight end heaven’

On the day Notre Dame made the hire of offensive coordinator Chip Long official, the newest Irish assistant reached out to both halves of the nation’s top tight end haul.

Brock Wright Brock Wright was going to get an introduction to Chip Long soon enough.

The four-star tight end from Cypress, Texas, will enroll at Notre Dame next week for winter workouts, likely with the program’s new offensive coordinator leading his position. So while Wright didn’t need a re-recruitment after his position coach was fired and his main recruiter left, the Under Armour All-American hadn’t heard much from the Irish in the past month either.

That changed Monday thanks to Long, who was formally introduced by Notre Dame nearly two weeks after accepting the position to lead Brian Kelly’s offense.

“There wasn’t a lot of contact but a few coaches reached out,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Wright. “With coach Booker leaving, that was the guy I normally went to for everything. It’s going to be different having him gone. But with me going up there so soon, I haven’t worried about it.”

Long reached out to Wright and Cole Kmet, the nation’s No. 3 and No. 4 tight ends on Scout.com, respectively.

“He told me and Cole the same thing, that it’s gonna be tight end heaven up there and of course that’s music to our ears,” Wright said. “The message was to get excited to get up there and work hard. He seems really excited and seems like a really cool guy.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting him.”

Notre Dame didn’t announce Long as tight ends coach, but it’s the position he worked at Illinois, Arizona State and Memphis. It’s assumed that’s where he’ll spend his time in South Bend, although the Irish also have an opening at receivers coach following Mike Denbrock’s departure for Cincinnati.

With all that turnover, Wright understood it might take a minute before the newly configured staff – one that is still not officially complete – would reach out. The Irish should have new faces at quarterback, tight end, receiver, special teams, defensive coordinator, defensive line, linebacker and strength coach.

“It’s all extremely new for them, just like it’s going to be new for me,” Wright said. “I think those relationships will come easily when I get up there, get acclimated with all the players. And it’s going to be new relationships for those current players as well.”

Wright will arrive in South Bend this weekend, with the spring semester starting one week from today. He’ll room with four-star offensive lineman Robert Hainsey, another Under Armour All-American, in a five-man early enrollee class that also includes athlete C.J. Holmes, safety Isaiah Robertson and offensive lineman Aaron Banks.

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