Michael Dunman got a taste of the Notre Dame atmosphere during the Irish’s 37-34 win over Arizona State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night, but the 2015 Louisiana tight end is no hungry for the entire experience.
“It went great,” the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Shreveport, La., said. “It was very exciting.”
Dunman was impressed to see the passion of the Irish fan base.
“The Notre Dame turnout really surprised me,” he said. “I was really surprised by how many Notre Dame fans showed up being this far from South Bend. It shows how far-reaching the atmosphere is.”
The atmosphere inside the home of the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night was also memorable.
“It was great,” said Dunman. “It was definitely in Notre Dame’s favor and there was definitely more Notre Dame fans. Everybody was cheering, it was loud. I really liked it. It was exciting.”
The game was exciting and Dunman was cheering along with the rest of the Irish fans.
“It was great,” he said. “It came down to the wire there. We went up 10 points, but with less than a minute left, we still had to pull it out.”
The Byrd High School standout, who is still waiting on his first offer, paid attention to the Irish’s offense, specifically tight end Troy Niklas, who had three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.
“I was watching him,” Dunman said of Niklas. “He was blocking, he was running routes and I really liked the way they used the tight end. It was really exciting.”
Dunman’s interest in Notre Dame was high before Saturday and now it’s only higher.
“Just seeing this game, it definitely opened my eyes to Notre Dame football,” he said. “I’m definitely going to try to go to a game up in South Bend and really get the whole atmosphere.
“I just think it would be an a lot better atmosphere – not that this wasn’t all that I expected it to be – just the campus, how beautiful it is and the traditions that have gone on for years and years and years.”