Byrne Has Interest In Irish

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Class of 2014 offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne picked up his first offer this weekend and has Notre Dame as a program of high interest. We check in with Byrne about his interest in the Irish.

For Jimmy Byrne of Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius High School the past few months have been a blur. Friday, Byrne learned just how fast the recruiting process can start with his first scholarship offer from Ohio State.

However, the offer was just one of the things that had the St. Ignatius products head turning.

"I played JV for most of the year and didn't even start any varsity games until the playoffs," explained Byrne. "We had an injury on the offensive line that was causing problems throughout the year and they (coaches) thought it best if they moved me in as they thought it would be best for the team.

"It gave me a chance to compete against some great defensive ends that are going to Division One programs, so I got some great experience there."

With an offer from the home state team is Byrne ready to jump onboard early?

"I don't think so just yet," continued Byrne. "At least not right now, I would like to visit some schools and really get a better sense of what they are all about instead of just committing and not knowing what they are all about."

Notre Dame is a program the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Byrne is looking at.

"I would definitely look into Notre Dame," he said. "They would be a school I would consider as they have great academics and the football program has a great tradition.

"I'm looking for a good football program and a good school. St. Ignatius is a school that has shown me how an education can really help the rest of my life, so I'm looking for a good education when I go to the next level too."

Along with the Irish and Buckeyes, Byrne has interest in Michigan and Wisconsin as well.

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