Matt Hegarty (OL – 6'6/281):
Scout.com 4-star lineman is the highest-rated among a trio (and potential quartet) of incoming prospects at the position…Likely slated for backup duty this fall but will enter a hotly contested three-way race for a starting tackle spot opposite Zack Martin in future seasons…Noted universally as a tackle prospect but there's a two-deep opening at guard entering spring ball – one that could remain open late into August camp…Finalist for national high school lineman of the year.
Kelly recruiting profile: Power
Returning offensive linemen: Braxston Cave (C), Lane Clelland (T), Taylor Dever (T), Mike Golic (G/C), Christian Lombard (T), Zack Martin (T), Tate Nichols (T), Andrew Nuss (G/T), Trevor Robinson (G), Chris Watt (G/C)
Baumhower on Hegarty: He was going to enroll early, but decided that he wanted to enjoy the last couple months of high school. The U.S. Army All-American had scholarship offers from all the top programs in the country.
Berk on Hegarty: A player with great upside once he adjusts to the higher level of play. Should be expected to be a top lineman at some point during his career. Humble and hard working, another player with a high ceiling.
Hegarty on the Irish
All on Hegarty
Four-star OL prospect Matt Hegarty faxed his LOI shortly before 9 AM EST.
Hegarty one of eight to fit Brian Kelly's "Power" profile in 2011 class.