Marist’s Pat Coogan commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame’s highly ranked football recruiting class for 2021 added more local flavor on Wednesday.

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Notre Dame’s highlyranked football recruiting class for 2021 added more local flavor on Wednesday.

Marist offensive lineman Pat Coogan, one of the state’smost sought-after juniors, announced his decision on Twitter: “Gold and Blue through and through, 100% committed to the University of Notre Dame.”

Coogan, a 6-5, 295-pounder, is the second local recruitfor the Irish after Bolingbrook safety Justin Walters. Notre Dame’s eight-member class for 2021 is No. 5 nationally in the247Sports.com compositerankings.

Lastmonth, Cooney noted his strong personal connections with theIrish.

“I have a great relationshipwith [ND offensive coordinator and Lake Forest grad] Tommy Rees,” Coogan said. “He has a strong Marist connection [through formerRedHawks coach Pat Dunne].”

The Irish were just one of many Power Five programs who offered a scholarship to Coogan.

He also had offers from defending national champ LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M of the SEC, along with Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue of the Big Ten, among others.

A three-star prospect ranked 14th overall in Illinois and 45th among offensive guards in 247’s composite ratings, Coogan’s strength is his versatility.

Rivals Midwest recrutinganalyst Josh Helmholdt said Coogan can play any spot on the offensive line and noted he’s Rivals’ No. 6 player in Illinois.

“That 5 to 7 area is the guys who we say have a chance to play on Sunday [in the NFL],” Helmholdt said.

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