McWhirter Impressed With Irish Visit

The state of Minnesota has been very fruitful for Notre Dame in the past. Current starters Ryan Harris, Mark LeVoir, Rashon Powers-Neal and Trevor Laws all hail from Minnesota. The Irish will once again recruit Minnesota looking for top prospects. One player on their radar is defensive end Sean McWhirter. The 6-4, 245-pound Long Lake, Minn. native recently attended Notre Dame's junior day and we spoke with McWhirter to get his reaction to his Irish visit.

Defensive end Sean McWhirter said he enjoyed his unofficial visit to Notre Dame for their junior day.

"I liked it a lot. That place is amazing," said McWhirter. "I really liked how the whole campus was set up. They have a lot of tradition there and you can feel that tradition when you walk around there.

"I also really like how it takes a lot to get in there, but once you're out of there, you're going to be succesful."

McWhirter said he had the chance to speak to a number of Irish coaches during his visit.

"I was able to speak to coach Ianello, coach Oliver and coach Rick Minter," McWhirter said. "I liked all of them. You could tell they are very experienced and they know I they are talking about.

"They told me they really wanted me to come to their camp. Right now I'm planning on going to their camp."

Notre Dame isn't the only place McWhirter has been to a junior day.

"I've been to Northwestern and Minnesota," McWhirter said. "I plan to attend the Nike camp this summer and several camps. I'll get around to see a lot of campuses."

Does McWhirter have any offers at this point?

"Not yet," he said. "Notre Dame, Minnesota, Northwestern, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State are the schools that are recruiting me the most right now."

We asked McWhirter what would be important to him when looking at prospective schools.

"Academics will be important," he said. "I think the tradition of the school will be important. I'll also look at how I like the staff and the players."

McWhirter says his work ethic is what makes him stand out on the field.

"I think my motor," said McWhirter when asked what makes his a good player. "I run to the ball every single play. I never take a play off."

McWhirter also reported a 3.3 in his core g.p.a. and plans to take the test soon.

Comments: The Irish should have a good shot at McWhirter if they offer him. He seemed very impressed with Notre Dame. Getting him to camp will be important. We'll check back soon to see if McWhirter starts picking up offers and still plans to attend Notre Dame's camp.


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