Mike Brey, Martin Ingelsby and the Notre Dame basketball program were recruiting Matt Ryan early and that’s helped the Irish secure a visit from the 2015 New York small forward.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder from Iona Prep School in New Rochelle, N.Y. will be making his first trip to South Bend this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the campus, talking to Coach Brey in person and I’m definitely looking forward to going to the football game and seeing the atmosphere there,” said Ryan.
Ryan has more than 25 offers already from schools like Notre Dame, Boston College, Rhode Island, Providence, Clemson, West Virginia and Vanderbilt among several others.
“It feels great,” the junior said of the early offers. “I have a lot of good options to choose from, so it feels really good.”
Ryan said the Irish’s early contact helped them stand out even before they offered.
“I was talking to Coach Ingelsby right when I could at June 15th,” Ryan said. “They were on me really early during the AAU season and once they made that offer, I was even more interested. I just want to get out there and see what they have to offer.”
A deadly shooter, Ryan averaged just under 17 points per game as a sophomore and is the kind of player that could help the Irish spread the floor on offense.
“I definitely think I’ll fit in really good,” he said. “They always surround a good point guard with a bunch of shooters, so I think I’ll fit into that system really nicely.”
Ryan took a visit last weekend and has another scheduled in a couple weeks.
“I visited Rutgers last weekend and Oct. 5th, I’ll be going to BC,” he said.
He doesn’t have any current leaders.
“I have a high interest in every school that’s recruiting,” he said. “I appreciate everybody who is recruiting me and I’m still open to everybody. Right now, I don’t have any favorites.”
But he does know what he’s looking for in a college.
“I’m looking to go to a school with a lot of great school spirit that’s really into the basketball program,” he said. “I definitely want to have a good connection with the coaches before I make any big decisions.”
And he has an idea of when he’d like to make a commitment.
“I’d like to decide around November next year. After AAU season, I’ll cut down the list to 10 or eight and hopefully have a decision by November.”