Matthew Hegarty is an offensive tackle who has already verbally committed to play at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Hegarty decided to play for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish after considering USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Cal, and LSU.
The 6'5", 265 lbs, Hegarty is rated as a four-star recruit and ranks as the fourth-best offensive tackle in the country. He will be making a far travel from home since he is from Aztec, New Mexico and attends Aztec High School.
According to ESPNU's 150, Hegarty has the height recruiting insiders like to see for the offensive tackle position at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level of competition.
The insiders like Hegarty's upper body, hand, arm and shoulder strength, which allows him to control defensive linemen. He displays a measured first step, which allows him to get his hands on defenders and walk them off the line of scrimmage.
He shows good ability in pass protection, although his run game production is further advanced. He demonstrates the athleticism bend and slide his feet, however, his ability to get to the deep set point will need to improve.
He has the tools to become a long term starter at the next level of play, but a little time may be necessary to add muscle and/or pounds to his frame.
Hegarty could be a valuable asset for Brian Kelly's team, as he is still trying to rebuild the program to make it prominent again, as it is one of the most traditionally rich football programs in the country. Things do sound promising though, as Notre Dame is the 11th ranked team recruiting class for 2011.