Notre Dame is no stranger to recruiting the state of Michigan. Todd Lyght, Jerome Bettis and Pete Chryplewicz are just a few of the former standouts Notre Dame has landed from the state of Michigan in the last 20 years.
It appears to be a down year in Michigan this year as far as top talent, but one recruit that is on Notre Dame's radar is Patrick Rigan, DE, 6-6, 230-pounds, Traverse City, Mich., (St. Francis).
"I have an offer from Central Michigan," Rigan said when asked which schools have extended scholarship offers. But that does not mean Rigan is not a viable candidate to earn his share of major scholarship offers.
Rigan is receiving considerable interest from several schools to date, and he thinks a few scholarship offers are on the way with a good camp showing.
"Michigan State, Indiana, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Missouri and Eastern Michigan," Rigan commented about his list of schools.
What about the home state Michigan Wolverines?
"I'm not as sure about them. They are recruiting me a little bit," Rigan said.
The two-way player will attend camps at Michigan State in July, Indiana this Wednesday, June 15, Northwestern (not sure of the date), Notre Dame on June 25, and possibly Penn State, but that did not appear to be as likely.
Out of that group which schools does Rigan think he has the best shot to earn scholarship offers?
"I think Michigan State is close to offering me. Indiana might offer, Northwestern, Notre Dame might offer me. Penn State might offer if I go to their camp," he said.
Rigan's family is made up of Michigan State and Michigan fans, but he said if he had to pick he would lean slightly towards the Wolverines as the team he grew up rooting for.
How well he performs at the camps this month and next will likely determine which school(s) he has the opportunity to play for in college.
Rigan has a self-reported 3.4 GPA and is awaiting his test results on the ACT. He would like to be a pre-med major.
SMITTY'S TAKE – Rigan's recruitment is up in the air. Will Notre Dame really have a shot? Will the Irish extend a formal scholarship offer? It is anyone's guess at this point. Rigan is certainly the type of young man that college coaches will look for. He's well-spoken and down to earth. That will certainly help him in landing scholarship offers.