Evan Mallory didn’t get the opportunity to have extensive conversations with the Notre Dame coaching staff during his visit to South Bend on Saturday, but the 2015 Indiana offensive lineman still have a very nice visit.
“Everything went great,” the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Brownsburg High School said. “It was a really cool place and I had a lot of fun.”
Mallory, who is receiving interest from most of the major programs in the Midwest, was at Notre Dame’s camp this summer, but didn’t get the chance to speak with the coaches afterward. That was the case as well on Saturday.
“Before the game, I got to briefly shake hands with a couple of the coaches,” he said. “I ate some food and then we went on a little tour. We walked to the weight room and a couple places. Then we did the walk from the Gug to the Stadium with the team in between the fans. All of the fans were cheering, that was really cool.
“I was looking forward to (speaking with the coaches), but I didn’t really get to talk to them all of that much. It was kind of, ‘Hey, how’s it going? It’s good to have you here. Thanks for coming. Get in contact with me later.’ Just after the loss, I didn’t really feel like talking to them that much.”
Mallory does plan on getting in touch with the Irish soon though.
“I’ll probably send them an e-mail and try to get in contact with them within the next few days,” he said.
Mallory was impressed when he saw Notre Dame play Purdue in West Lafayette earlier this month, but Saturday’s experience blew that away.
“It was awesome to watch them play inside Notre Dame Stadium,” he said. “The crowd and all of the fans were crazy and excited. All of the players were excited when they were getting going. They just had a couple bad plays and it didn’t end well, but they did well and it was a cool thing to watch.
“The atmosphere was crazy. Everybody was screaming and yelling. The atmosphere was absolutely ecstatic.”
He was also impressed with the fact that the students didn’t quit on the players even after the loss, calling them back out to sig the alma mater.
“I thought that was a cool thing,” he said. “I thought it was cool how all of the fans support the team so much and how big their student section was. I thought that was awesome.”
Mallory would like to get back to South Bend again, but isn’t sure when he’ll have the opportunity.
“I don’t know if I’ll have time to go to another game or not. I’ll definitely try to get up there again for a camp or during the offseason or something.”