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2020 Notre Dame TE Commit Michael Mayer Enjoys "Fantastic" Weekend

October 14, 2019

It was an eventful few days for Michael Mayer‍.

“It was an awesome weekend,” the 2020 Notre Dame tight end commit from Kentucky said when it was all over.

On Friday night, Mayer caught six passes for 97 yards and had a 45-yard pick-six to help his Covington Catholic High School squad to a win over Cincinnati power La Salle.

“We ended up winning by 20 points, which nobody really expected, so it was fun,” Mayer explained.

At 6:30 the next morning, Mayer and his family hopped in the car for the ride up to South Bend to join several of his fellow 2020 Irish commits on an official visit.

“Obviously, I think most people who were taking their official were there Friday, it was their bye week,” said Mayer. “It was a little different for me, but I got there about 12ish.”

Mayer was able to reconnect with 2020 Irish quarterback commit Drew Pyne‍ and 2020 running back pledge Chris Tyree‍ after all three spent a week together at The Opening Finals back in July. He was also able to hang out with Notre Dame’s other 2020 tight end commit, Kevin Bauman‍, and several others.

“Me and Drew were in Texas together with Chris,” said Mayer. “Kevin is another guy who I spent a lot of time with, Rylie Mills‍, Tosh Baker‍, Blake Fisher‍. All of those dudes, we were all hanging out, bonding.

“We’re going to be out on the football field together eventually. You’ve got to have a bond off the field before you have that bond on the field, so it was really cool.”

A pair of new members joined the family as 2021 wide receivers Deion Colzie‍ and Lorenzo Styles Jr.‍ announced verbal commitments to the Irish over the weekend.

“You give them a handshake, you tell them what’s up, you introduce yourself and welcome them to the family,” Mayer said of the process of welcoming them to the family.

“Notre Dame speaks for itself. They were at that game Saturday, they know what they’re joining.”

The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder also got around the coaching staff again, especially offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Chip Long, assistant Todd Lyght, who was the one who actually extended the offer to Mayer back when the talented tight end was a sophomore, and head coach Brian Kelly.

“I got more familiar with the other coaches also,” he said. “I’d say the overall message was to be ready. I’m enrolling early, so I’ll be there Jan. 10th, I think it is.

“Finish the rest of the schoolyear off strong, keep the grades up like they are, try to win a state championship. My team is 8-0 right now, we’re feeling good. It was all positive vibes up there, which I love. Just finish strong and then get ready to get in the car four hours, drive up to South Bend and start college off.”

After starting the weekend with a dominating performance of his own, Mayer said it was “fantastic” to see Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet lead the Irish in receptions and receiving yards while scoring a touchdown in their 30-27 win over USC.

“He’s a huge body, a huge build,” Mayer said of Kmet. “He’s got hands like no other. He can run, he can block. He’s crazy athletic. It was awesome. Hopefully he can stay and I can learn a lot from him. That would be exciting.”

Mayer said it’s “unbelievable” to imagine that could be him one day soon.

“Just to even think about fulfilling my dreams like that is fantastic, but I’ve still got a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of work to put in before I even think of that.”

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