Matt Cashore

Heggie will play fifth year at Ball State


Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Bruce Heggie will play out his eligibility at Ball State. One of Brian Kelly’s most “noteworthy” recruits, Heggie played sparingly in South Bend, but will have a chance to compete for Pete Lembo’s Cardinal squad.

He joins Alex Welch, Lo Wood and Andrew Hendrix as fifth year players finishing their career at a MAC program, with the aforementioned trio playing for Chuck Martin at Miami (Ohio).

Heggie finished at Notre Dame as a reserve center, playing in four games, mostly on special teams. He played in five other games between 2011-12, shifting from the defensive line to the offensive side of the ball. At Ball State, Heggie is expected to return to the defensive front. He’ll join junior college transfer Julian Jackson as added depth on the line.

“We are pleased to welcome Bruce and Julian to the Ball State football family,” Lembo said in a statement.  “It has been a real pleasure getting to know both young men and their families over the last several months.  Both of these student-athletes are here because they really liked how they fit in with our players and coaches when they visited the campus.  They are also excited about the academic opportunities the university has to offer.  The addition of two mature defensive linemen should increase the competition for playing time and our depth when preseason camp begins in late July.”

Heggie will forever be known as the recruit Brian Kelly plucked out of obscurity, offering a scholarship to the Mount Dora, Florida native when no other program had come calling. A profile prospect, Kelly liked the frame and power potential that Heggie projected, and while the offer and commitment had Irish fans scratching their heads, Heggie provided depth the past four seasons and will finish his college career as a 6-foot-5, 275-pounder.

Heggie follows in little-used defensive lineman Brandon Newman’s footsteps, who also played out his eligibility at Ball State. Former Irish SID Brian Hardin is now an associate athletic director at Ball State, potentially another key connection between the programs.



Even with heavy rain in forecast, kickoff stays in primetime

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With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.

College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.

“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”

Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.

Irish get commitment from 2017 TE Cole Kmet

Cole Kmet

Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.

Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.

Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:

“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”