Cwynar To Take In His First Practice

Notre Dame's spring practice is in full swing and there have already been a number of top recruits that have made the trip to South Bend to watch the Irish practice. Notre Dame commitment Sean Cwynar of Marian Central Catholic High School (Woodstock, Ill.) has not been able to make the trip yet, but he does have plans to take in a practice this week.

Defensive end Sean Cwynar (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) is excited about his future at Notre Dame and he'd like to see a few more prospects jump on board. There will be several top recruits in town this week to watch the Irish practice and Sean will deliver one himself.

"On Wednesday I'm going to pick up Darius Fleming and then head over to South Bend," Cwynar responded when asked about his plans to travel to South Bend. "We're going to hang out and watch practice. I also want to go over there because I know there will be some other recruits there. I know Brandon Newman, Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald will be in town. I think Braxston Cave is going to hang out with us too.

"I really don't want to do any recruiting, but I think my presence is important. I did actually talk to Anthony McDonald for the first time last week. I didn't know him, but I heard he was going to be in town, so I got his number and called him.

"I had read a couple articles on [McDonald], but I really don't know much about him," Cwynar explained. "I know his dad went to USC, but he seems real interested in Notre Dame. He asked me about the Gug center and the facilities. We talked about Notre Dame's tradition and about the campus. We talked a little about the defense and what I thought about coach Brown. He seemed like a really good guy. He's fun to talk to, and I'm looking forward to meeting him and hanging out."

Although Sean has been to South Bend a couple times this spring, he hasn't had a chance to watch the Irish practice.

"I haven't watched a practice yet," Sean explained. "I'm going to check out the defensive line and meet some of the players. I want to see the coaches, see how they work with the players. I'll watch their coaching techniques and watch what the players do. That's going to be me in a year, so I want to get a feel for everything.

"I think the defensive end in the ‘3-4' is a hybrid between a defensive end and a defensive tackle in the ‘4-3' and I think I'm well suited for that. I'm think I'm probably oversized for my defensive end position right now. As is, I have contain on everything, every play in the ‘4-3'. It's my job to make sure no one gets outside of me, so I have to have some speed and be able to run. I think that's really going to help me at the next level, because I have the quickness to do that now and I also drop back into coverage at times."

Sean is excited to see the new Notre Dame defense. He's talked to coach Brown about it, but he hasn't had a chance to see it in action.

"We went over what the defensive end does in coach Brown's scheme during recruiting, but I really didn't know that much about it because I had never played it," Sean said. "I watched the tape of the defense and it's a lot of smoke and mirrors. You never know where a guy is going to come from. You never know what a defensive guy is going to do, because the defense is so versatile in what it can do. There are so many different ways you can attack the offense. I play both ways in high school and when I think about playing offensive tackle, I would not want to have to play that defense, because you never know what is coming at you." Top Stories