2020 OL Michael Carmody Talks Notre Dame Commitment

June 16, 2019

Michael Carmody‍ knew plenty about Notre Dame when the Irish extended an offer to him last month, but the 2020 Pennsylvania offensive lineman didn’t know if it was the absolute best option for him until a pair of visits to South Bend the last couple weekends.

After this weekend, he knew for sure and that’s why Carmody decided to go ahead and commit to the Irish on Sunday.

“I got to hang out with the players,” the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder told Irish Sports Daily. “I really felt like I fit in, especially because there are a lot of the guys from around my area who I can relate to. It kind of just felt perfect to me.

“I didn’t want to wait to commit, so I just decided today was the day.”

The decision went beyond feeling comfortable with the players and beyond the fact that his brother Robby plays basketball for the Irish.

“Academically, I hold myself to a pretty high standard,” said Carmody. “It means a lot to me that Notre Dame takes academics very seriously, so that was obviously something that factored into my decision.

“On the football side of things, they play one of the best schedules every year. That’s obviously really awesome. It’s just a perfect fit for me.”

Carmody has gotten to know Notre Dame offensive line coach Jeff Quinn pretty well over the past several weeks and the players shared their thoughts on Quinn as well.

“Every one of the players says he’s the one guy you can count on,” Carmody explained. “No matter what, every day, he’s going to have the same attitude toward football. That means a lot to me. He seems like a great coach. I can’t wait to get there and be coached by him.”

Carmody chose the Irish over offers from schools like Texas A&M, Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State and several others.

“It’s such a weight off my shoulders,” he said. “It was pretty stressful. It’s a lot to think about as a 17-year-old, but now that it’s done and over with, I can just enjoy the rest of my summer and enjoy my senior year.”

Carmody said Quinn was “super excited” when he told him of his decision and so was his family.

“I’m pretty sure when I told my Papi, he started crying. My parents couldn’t be more excited for me. When I tell my other grandparents tonight at dinner they’re probably going to have the same reaction.”


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