TE McNamara Has Notre Dame In Final 5

Taylor McNamara

Westview High (San Diego) tight end Taylor McNamara is trimming his list to a top five, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about it. The 6-foot-5, 228-pound McNamara also talked about when he will visit Notre Dame, how he fits into the Irish offense and his relationship with the coaching staff.

Westview High (San Diego) tight end Taylor McNamara is about to trim his extensive offer list to a top five, and while he is not ready to unveil it, there is one school he is willing to say will be on it.

Notre Dame.

"I am going to get out there this summer," the 6-foot-5, 228-pound McNamara told IrishEyes.com. "I don't know when yet, but we're really close to scheduling it because I'm almost done with school. But I'm positive I'm going there this summer. I already talked to them about it.

"It'll be whenever I can to see it, (and) to talk with the coaches and see how they coach. I've read up on (the campus), and it's beautiful, and there's tons of tradition there. So, I'm excited to get out and see it, finally."

McNamara isn't sure if he will get there for a camp, or just to look around, take tours and further his relationship with the coaching staff.

However, one person he already knows well is Irish tight ends coach Mike Denbrock, who visited Westview High during the spring evaluation period.

"He's a real good guy," McNamara said. "He's easy to talk to. He's a great coach. He's sent something like four tight ends to the NFL, and you have to trust him there. I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing."

Plenty of recruits speak highly of Denbrock, but what makes him so successful at connecting with players?

"He's honest," McNamara said. "He doesn't sugarcoat anything. He's not going to sit here and tell you that you can play as a true freshman. He tells you you'll have to earn everything, and he thinks you can if you work hard."

As a junior, McNamara had nine catches for 122 yards. In studying Notre Dame's offense, he believes the mix of run and pass, as well as the way the Irish move the tight end around, would showcase his talents well.

"It's the play-action pass game, and then they spread me out," he said. "It's a unique offense for a tight end, and it's why they're been so successful sending them to the NFL."

Not only is McNamara close to cutting his list to a top five, he is contemplating a time frame for making a decision.

"I think I'm going to take a couple of officials, but I don't want to drag it out," he said. "If I know, then I'll commit."

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