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Irish in lead pack for elite tight end

The Irish hosted one of the top tight ends in the country on Sunday. Notre Dame made sure to give Austin Stogner plenty to think about before he headed home to Texas.

Austin Stogner is emerging as the top tight end in the 2019 class.

His top offers include: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, TCU, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Texas, Oregon, SMU and Texas-San Antonio round out his offer list.

Throughout his active recruitment, Stogner has maintained that visiting Notre Dame was one of his top offseason priorities.

On Sunday, the 6-foot-7, 235-pound athlete from Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Texas arrived at Notre Dame to meet the coaching staff and tour the campus.

“I talked with coach (Chip) Long,” Stogner said. “He was telling me about how I would fit in the offense, showing me film, showing me how they used the tight end when he was at Arizona State and Memphis. He showed me how they used the tight end and how much they used them.”

Long’s tight end-heavy offense is appealing.

“They used the tight end every single down,” Stogner said. “They’re catching a ton of balls. He tries to get them 10 targets a game. So, if you catch half of them, you’re having a record-setting season.”

Aside from the chalk talk with Long, Stogner was impressed with the Notre Dame’s surroundings.

He was led on a campus tour by the head football coach.

“The campus is really pretty, really cool,” Stogner said. “Lots of it was somewhat new. They’re putting in new additions to the stadium. We talked to coach (Brian) Kelly. He told us about all his plans. Coach Kelly gave us a tour, me and the commits and near commits, gave us a tour of the new stuff.”

With several current Notre Dame players and commits on campus Sunday, Stogner received a few sales pitches.

“I talked to some current players,” Stogner said. “I talked to (Brock) Wright, the tight end from Houston. I talked to the (Ademilola twins) and the new quarterback (Phil Jurkovec). It was cool because they were really excited and trying to get more commits.”

Going into the visit, Stogner had Notre Dame high on his list.

With a 3.4 GPA and goals to earn a quality degree, the education aspect of Notre Dame coupled with the strong history of the tight end position creates a strong case for Stogner’s pledge.

“I liked it a lot,” Stogner said. “(Notre Dame) is definitely one of my top schools. I’d like to get back there sometime soon.”

Earlier in the month, Stogner visited Auburn (June 2) and Alabama (June 3).

Next month, he will make his way to a few more colleges on his list.

“I’m going to Florida State sometime in July and I’ll probably go by Florida then too,” Stogner said. “I’m going to Oklahoma on July 19 and then (Texas) A&M.”

Stogner mentioned a handful of schools that are leading in his recruitment.

“My Top 5 are probably Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, Florida State, and Notre Dame, in no particular order,” Stogner said. “I’ll probably make a decision at the end of this summer.” Top Stories