Matt McCann is looking forward to his first chance to witness a game inside Notre Dame Stadium when the Irish host Oklahoma in South Bend on Saturday.
“I’ve never been to a Notre Dame football game before, so it’s pretty exciting,” the 2015 Indiana offensive lineman said. “I’ve already seen the campus, but I’ve heard the game festivities are great and I’ve heard there’s a sense of tradition there that is unbelievable. I just really want to see that.”
The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder from Indianapolis power Bishop Chatard is receiving interest from a handful of Midwestern schools.
“Iowa, Purdue and Indiana are the main schools that are giving me a look along with Notre Dame so far,” he said.
He’s made a couple visits already, including one that let him see the Irish in person for the first time.
“I’ve been to one IU game when they played Navy and I went to another game at Purdue when they actually played Notre Dame,” said McCann.
Just watching the Irish play live made an impression on him.
“It was cool just to see them,” McCann said. “I’ve never seen Notre Dame play, just standing there right next to them was an awesome opportunity. It was unbelievable.”
Naturally, he’s excited about the opportunity to watch them play in South Bend on Saturday. He was at Notre Dame’s camp this summer and received some positive feedback from the Irish staff.
“It was a really fun camp,” said McCann. “I worked with the coaches and I got to talk to Zack and Nick Martin, who came from my school. I’ve always kind of looked up to them.”
The Martin brothers also played offensive line at Bishop Chatard and, to McCann, seem to be enjoying their time at Notre Dame.
“I get the sense that they really like it,” McCann said of the brothers. “Zack is like the guy there, he’s a two-year captain and he’s a good leader. He’s probably one of the big faces for Notre Dame football. It’s kind of cool that he came from Chatard too.”
McCann knows what he does well and knows what he needs to work on.
“Chatard is a run-based team, so I do a lot of run blocking,” he said. “They say that my run blocking is pretty good, but I feel I could work on pass blocking because we run the ball a lot more. Our coach is an old-school guy who likes to run the ball. It’s a lot different than the college game, but it works.”
He’s still looking for his first offer and if Notre Dame were to extend one at some point, the Irish would be in the race.
“It would mean a lot. I’m really interested in them and I would take a good, hard look at them. Notre Dame is probably one of the best educations you can get. I’m looking for football, but I’m looking at it more from an educational standpoint too.”