ESPN 150 Watch List recruit and future U.S. Army All-American offensive tackle Matthew Hegarty (Aztec, N.M./Aztec), has confirmed with Irish Sports Daily that he has verbally committed to Notre Dame, choosing the Irish over a slew of other scholarship offers from nearly all the nation’s best programs.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Hegarty becomes the ninth verbal commit to pledge to head coach Brian Kelly and Notre Dame in the class-of-2011, and the third offensive tackle, joining fellow ESPN 150 Watch List prospects Jordan Prestwood (Plant City, Fla./Plant City) and Conor Hanratty (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan).
“I did commit,” Hegarty wrote ISD in a text message.
Hegarty visited Notre Dame for the first and only time on March 20th for junior day. He also considered scholarship offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Florida State, LSU, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and USC.
"After taking a few days to just think about everything, I came to the decision of Notre Dame because they are truly the complete package," Hegarty said. "Their academics are excellent, the football heritage is incredible, and the situation couldn't be any better. I enjoy the spread, and look forward to playing tackle for the Irish."