Flavin Receives An Invite From ND

At times, the head football coach at Notre Dame needs to explain to recruits why the University is unique, but that isn't the case with Patrick Flavin. The offensive lineman from the Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) not only has a brother that is a walk-on football player at the school, but he comes from a Notre Dame family.

Growing up outside of Chicago and with all of his connections to Notre Dame, it was a big deal to Patrick Flavin (6-foot-7, 260-pounds) when the Irish started to show interest in him. When he sifted through his mail at the beginning of the week and found and invitation to Notre Dame's upcoming junior day, Patrick was just about ready to jump in the car and head to South Bend right then and there.

"I just got a junior day invite in the mail," Flavin said. "I've been talking to coach Martin. He was in school back in January and he said that he really liked my film and he was going to pass it on to coach Warinner, the offensive line coach and see what he thought. It seems like they're interested. I'm definitely interested in them. I have a brother (Bill) that plays there right now that walked-on after his freshman year. I grew up a big Notre Dame fan, so it's a school that I've been rooting for my entire life, so it's cool for them to have them interested in me.

"A school like Notre Dame doesn't need to sell you anything. It's really top-notch in every aspect, especially their tradition and the way they handle football up there. I was able to see some of their facilities last year when I visited last fall. It's definitely top-notch in everything.

"I'm just looking forward to meeting the coaches," he said. "I really liked coach Martin when he came in. and coach Kelly seems to have built his staff with a bunch of great guys and I'm really looking forward to meeting them. They really don't have to convince me of anything. It's one of those things that if they're interested in you, it's an honor. If Notre Dame's interested in you, things are serious and they really don't have to sell anything to me, I'm already a fan. My dad graduated from there, and some of my uncles did too, so I'm part of a pretty big Notre Dame family."

Flavin is definitely looking for the Notre Dame scholarship offer, but he isn't going to sit back and wait. He has one scholarship offer in his pocket and he's taking the time to check out several big-time programs.

"At this point, my only scholarship offer is from Ball State," Patrick explained. "Some of the other schools that I'm talking to and visiting… I was at Michigan on Saturday. It seems like they're interested. They said that they wanted to see me at their summer camp. It seems like that's the case with a lot of schools. Illinois is interested. I talked to them and they said the really liked me on film and that they're really going to recruit me hard, but they want to see me in camp and see how I move… same with Northwestern.

"The coach from LSU called me and told me that he liked me on film, so I'm definitely going to try and get down to their junior day on March 27. I'm going to Purdue on Sunday, and hopefully Nebraska on Saturday. I'm just trying to hit some junior days and see what schools have to offer.

"As far as mail goes, I get mail from Boston College, Arizona, most of the Big Ten schools, Miami, UCLA, and Louisville," he added.

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