TE McNamara Ready for Notre Dame Visit

Taylor McNamara

Westview High (San Diego) tight end Taylor McNamara remains committed to Arizona, but this weekend he is set to make an official visit to Notre Dame. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about his expectations for the trip, and also discusses when and where his final two visits will be.

Taylor McNamara has a huge weekend, and his mood heading into his weekend official visit to Notre Dame could be dictated by what takes place 2,100 miles away Friday night.

McNamara and his Westview High (San Diego) teammates face Bonita Vista (Chula Vista, Calif.) in the opening round of the playoffs, and the next morning the 6-foot-5, 235-pound McNamara will travel to South Bend, Ind., to begin his official visit, with the plan to arrive in time for the game against Boston College.

An Arizona commit, McNamara will be making his third of five official visits as he weighs remaining with the Wildcats, who fired coach Mike Stoops in midseason, against other schools.

"I'm just examining all my options," he said. "Expectations-wise, I'm just really excited to see (Notre Dame). I've heard great things about it, and the tradition, and I'm really excited to see it."

One of the things that stands out to McNamara is how Notre Dame utilizes its tight ends, especially junior Tyler Eifert.

Eifert is the Irish's second-leading receiver with 51 catches for 589 yards and five scores.

"I have (watched) them," McNamara said. "Eifert is having a great year, and they've had a lot of great tight ends in the past, and they've shown they definitely know how to use the tight ends."

McNamara already made official visits to Colorado and Washington, and he is tentatively set to visit California (Dec. 9) and Oklahoma (Dec. 16).

However, he still considers himself committed to Arizona, but he wants to see what transpires in Tuscon, Ariz.

"I'm waiting to see what new staff members they get," he said, "and waiting to see the situation."

His current focus are the playoffs, and he is helping Westview in an unexpected way.

McNamara, a big target in the passing game, has moved to the backfield the last few weeks, and it helped propel the Wolverines into the playoffs with wins in the last two games.

It's a big one. We just have to stick to the game plan," McNamara said. "I'm playing fullback for my team. The last two games I've carried the ball 11 times. I'm just doing whatever my coach asks me to do. The plan for the game is a good one, and it's our first playoff game in a while, so it's a big deal for us."

Yes, it is quite the site to see the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder running the ball.

"I'm not used to it, but it's fun to switch things up and do something new," McNamara said. "Everyone is like, ‘What are you doing playing running back?' Hey, I've got no idea, but I'll do it. Obviously, it's not what I'm going to do in college, but that's part of the fun of high school."

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