Cooper Flanagan continues to bond with Notre Dame staff and is committed

It’s not just uncommitted players visiting Notre Dame for official visits in June, committed players like Concord (California) tight end De La Salle Cooper Flanagan also walked the campus.

For committed players, major recruiting weekends can be a little different. It’s not so much the sale of the program as the opportunity to continue to become more and more part of the family.

Flanagan gave us real insight into what makes a visit to Notre Dame so unique. Turns out there’s a lot to cover.

“It was a good trip. It’s hard to pin points on a few of my favorite parts,” Flanagan explained. “It was truly an amazing experience.

“If I had to choose a few, I had to meet committed guys like Brenan Vernon, Joe Ottingand Boubacar Traore,” he continued. “They’re all great guys.”

With such a long trip from California, Flanagan hasn’t had the chance to encounter many current commits. This trip provided that opportunity.

These aren’t the only players Flanagan has had the chance to meet. He also had the opportunity to meet several of his future teammates, already members of the program.

“I was also able to really hang out with some of the team members, including Mitchell Evans, which was really awesome,” Flanagan said. “Being able to meet some of the current players really gives you a sense of what it’s like to be part of the program.

Coaching was an important element in recruiting Flanagan. Originally engaging with the Irish while John McNulty was the tight ends coach, the California native did his due diligence to get to know the new staff, including Gerald parker. These concerns were resolved the last time Flanagan arrived on campus and continued to be silenced on this recent trip.

Add some great food and the tour was a huge success.

“It was also really great to spend a ton of time with each coach, not to mention the amount of food they had for us, it was pretty amazing,” Flanagan said. “Also, I was able to spend more time with Coach Parker and his family, and my older brother came over from Clemson and was able to live the weekend with me as well.”

The visit was not only fun and relaxing, Flanagan also had to let his competitive side shine through. It is his future coaching position which briefly becomes his teammate.

“I almost forgot to mention that we had lunch outside the stadium on the grass and played intense cornhole matches!” he said. “Coach Parker and I beat a few guys and we worked.”

The visit seemed to be literally all fun and games. Notre Dame continues to show Flanagan how he fits into the team and all the layers the program can provide. They continued to knock this recent visit out of the park, hugely important in cementing their standing with such a talented and vital member of their class.

Playing in a heavy running offense, Flanagan’s biggest responsibility is as a running blocker, where he shows a huge advantage. Despite limited opportunities, he was still able to lead the team with 285 receiving yards. Flanagan did it on just 15 receptions (19 yards per reception) and one touchdown.

He is well regarded when it comes to recruitment rankings. Flanagan is currently ranked as the No. 109 player and No. 8 tight end according to 247Sports. He’s a consensus four-star rookie across the board.

He ultimately chose Notre Dame from a particularly impressive list. Some of the notable offers included Ireland, Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan State, Washington, Utah, California, Florida State, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona, among others.

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