Evan Mallory enjoyed his last trip to Notre Dame, but the 2015 Indiana offensive lineman didn’t get much of a chance to speak with the Irish coaches after this summer's camp.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Brownsburg High School is hoping to speak with the coaches this weekend when he returns to South Bend to watch the Irish play Oklahoma.
“I’m very excited,” said Mallory. “I just think it’s going to be cool to talk with coaches again. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a decent conversation in with them again. I got to talk to them over the summer at the camp, but I’m really excited to meet them again and actually talk to them without a helmet and shoulder pads on.”
He’s also excited about his first trip inside Notre Dame Stadium.
“I can’t wait to see the game,” Mallory said. “I’m really excited to go out there and watch the game. I got to see the stadium one time with my rugby people when we went out there, but I never got to go in it. I’m excited to go in the place and see what’s going on.”
Mallory believes he performed well at Notre Dame’s camp.
“The thing I felt really good about is that my coach coaches almost exactly like their offensive line coach coaches,” he said. “We literally did the exact same drills I do every single day. I felt like I did pretty good with that.
“Not only drills, but how we block. My coach teaches more of getting-locked-on-and-running-them technique and less chop-your-feet. That’s exactly the same thing that Notre Dame coaches. I thought that was really cool. I had a lot of fun at the camp, it was really cool.”
Since Sept. 1st, Mallory has been receiving a lot of mail from South Bend.
“I’ve always been interested in Notre Dame,” he said. “I think it’s an awesome school, especially academically and I’m really excited about that. I just decided to go out, see a game, see how I like the place and see what’s going on there.”
The junior lineman has also been hearing from several other Midwestern programs.
“I’ve heard from almost all of the Big Ten schools,” he said. “I’ve been hearing from Michigan, (Indiana), Iowa, Cincinnati, Illinois, Ball State and a bunch of places.”
Mallory is still waiting on his first offer and thinks one could come from Indiana eventually.
“They’re real close, only about an hour away, so I’ve been up there for multiple visits and I’ve been able to get to know the people,” he said of the Hoosiers. “They’ve invited me to multiple things. I’m hoping they’re getting close to offering, but I’m not sure yet.”
But an offer from the Irish would have a major impact on his recruitment.
“That would be awesome,” he said. “If Notre Dame offered me, they’d be definitely be one of my top choices, not only for the football program, but for the academics too. Getting the grades is something I look at as a top priority.
“I know that there aren’t a ton of guys who go to the NFL, so Notre Dame would be a great place to go to get that great job.”