Irish Make a Quick Decision with Reardon

Notre Dame signed linebacker Anthony Vernaglia from Lutheran high school (Orange, Calif.) a couple of years ago, and the new Irish staff would like to get Michael Reardon to follow Vernaglia to South Bend.

Getting a scholarship offer to play football was certainly something Michael Reardon (6-6, 253-pounds) wanted, but it really isn't something he expected. In fact, Reardon hadn't really heard much from the Notre Dame coaching staff until a couple weeks ago when he received a visit from an Irish coach.

"Coach Polian came down and looked at me. About two weeks later coach Weis was down and the next week I got a full ride," Reardon explained of Notre Dame's scholarship offer process. "I think they got my highlight video and then became interested."

Despite the Irish getting involved late with Reardon, the Irish will get a strong look from him.

"I've always liked it and my family has always really liked it. They're definitely a school that I'm really interested in," he explained. "They want me as a defensive tackle. I think if they saw me at offensive tackle they night like me at that position, but I don't really care."

Reardon listed Stanford, Nebraska, Notre Dame and USC as his top schools. All but USC have offered him a scholarship, although he's hoping the Trojans come through with an offer in June.

"I'm going to their camp June 11 and that's basically when they decide," Reardon said of his expectations of a USC scholarship offer. "They told me to come to their camp and that's when they hand out their lineman scholarships."


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