Irish assistant coach Brian Polian spoke with Matt Summers-Gavin (6-foot-4.5, 275 pounds) at the beginning of the week and told him the Notre Dame coaches would contact him on Thursday to let him know if they were going to offer him a scholarship. When he received a text message from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, Matt knew what the decision was.
"It was pretty exciting," Summers-Gavin said of the moments leading up to his conversation with coach Weis. "I've heard stories of kids getting a text from coach Weis and that it's a pretty good sign that you're going to get the offer, so when I got that this morning I was pretty excited. It's cool.
"When I called him he was cracking some jokes. He knows about my whole process, how I'm going to be narrowing it down soon. We were having fun and then our lines were messing up and our phone call got cut off. For the most part he said I had an official scholarship in the mail and that they'd love to have me come out on an official visit."
With the Irish offer Matt is sitting on twenty invitations. All but USC, UCLA and Stanford have offered him in the Pac-10. Nebraska, Georgia Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, San Diego State, Purdue, UNLV, Northwestern and Boston College have also offered.
"It was real exciting," Matt said of receiving the scholarship offer from coach Weis. "It's such a prestigious school and there are so many opportunities athletically, academically and socially. It seems like such a great place. It was a real honor. I was feeling real happy.
"Coach Latina said he's thinking of me as a guard, but even a tackle or center. He's thinking of me all along the line. It's good that I have all of these opportunities and it's not just at one position. I appreciate that he thinks that I'm versatile enough to move all around the line.
"They're definitely going to be high on my list," Matt said. "I'm still going to take my time and wait things out and see how it goes.