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2025 OL Matty Augustine Talks Notre Dame Junior Day & More

January 23, 2024
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Getting back to Notre Dame this past weekend was clearly a priority for Matty Augustine‍, the 2025 Connecticut offensive lineman who adjusted his own schedule to make sure he was in South Bend for the Irish’s Junior Day along with his friend, Brunswick teammate and Notre Dame commit Ethan Long‍.

“Ethan was telling me that a bunch of commits, all their commits would be out there and then some of their top recruits, so just kind of building the relationship with the kids who you might play with one day was really good,” the 2025 Connecticut offensive lineman said of his reasons for getting back to Notre Dame after multiple trips last year.

And he’s glad he did.

“It was really fun getting out there again and seeing all the recruits and commits and connecting with the coaches again,” said Augustine. 

“We got to talk to one of the professors at Mendoza. He was really good, really funny, very entertaining. He talked about all the different schools, especially the Business School and what they have to offer there. I want go into Business, but I'm wanting to go into Sports Management. He talked about a class that he just put in a couple years ago and how that works. That was really cool to hear.”

The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder also had the opportunity to meet with new offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock.

“That went really well,” he said. “I was just talking football with him and the new schemes they're going to run. 

“I loved him, really open guy, really cool. He has a really good personality, which is cool, so I got to connect with him on a more personable level. He's been an o-line guy since he started coaching, so that’s good to hear. When you have an OC who is an o-line guy, you know you're going to be run heavy, which is good.”

Of course, Augustine spent a great deal of time with Irish offensive line coach Joe Rudolph as well.

“We sat down for a long time, it was probably like an hour,” he said. “My questions this time were more about the transition period for the kids who go in midyear.

“What do they do when they first get there? Because the coaches are on the road for most of January, so how do those kids really start getting into the program other than the weight room? Do they meet with Coach (Rob) Delaney, the assistant o-line guy? Just how that transition works other than Strength.”

He was also grateful to be able to spend time with the current Irish offensive linemen during lunch. 

“Just meeting some of the guys that you might play with, that was something cool that Coach Rudolph did,” said Augustine. “We were able to ask them any questions we had and they talked openly about their experiences.”

Augustine enjoyed the chance to reconnect with fellow offensive line target Owen Strebig‍, who he’s met on numerous visits across the country, and to meet offensive line target Jack Lange‍.

“That was my first time hanging out with Jack, meeting him,” Augustine said. “He's a really nice kid. Again, connecting with Owen, building our relationship. I hadn't seen him in a little bit, so it was good to connect.”

Augustine will be back on the road again this weekend, when he heads to Wisconsin.

He has not laid out a firm timeline for a final decision.

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