Irish Land Another!

Notre Dame added another commitment Wednesday as offensive tackle Matt Hegarty from Aztec High School (N.M.) called the Notre Dame staff and verbally committed to the 2011 recruiting class. Hegarty is the sixth prospect to commit to Notre Dame in just over a week.

The Irish are certainly on a recruiting roll. After receiving four commitments since the Blue-Gold game, Matt Hegarty (6-foot-6, 290-pounds) verbally committed to the Notre Dame coaching staff on Wednesday. Hegarty is the ninth player in the program's 2011 recruiting class.

"I called the Notre Dame coaches a little earlier today and committed," Hegarty said. "I spoke with coach Kelly and let him know first. We talked for a little bit and I let him know that I wanted to be part of the fighting Irish. He was obviously pretty excited. Then I talked to coach Cooks who was my recruiting coordinator and then I spoke with coach Warinner, the offensive line coach. They were all as excited as I was.

"I'm very excited about it. This was a big decision for me. Today just felt like the right day to take care of this."

It probably helped Notre Dame that Hegarty took some time away from the recruiting process this weekend.

"I was down in Austin (Texas) this past weekend for my brother's wedding," he explained. "I had a few days off from recruiting and I had a little time to think about things. Speaking with my parents, we sat down and looked at everything and we decided that it was the best fit for me. The academics side of things, the football program, the football heritage, and the atmosphere, the area and the coaching staff are all superb.

"We just kicked things about really. I don't think I could have made a bad choice really with as many options as I had, but there is a reason that I wanted to go ahead and commit and it's definitely that Notre Dame is the right school."

Hegarty had 26 scholarship offers to consider and ended up selecting the Irish over Stanford, Texas, Florida State and Cal. Top Stories