Notre Dame received their commitment in the 2015 class from Small Forward Matt Ryan on Friday. Ryan announced the decision via Twitter. He said, “Honored and excited to say I will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2015.” Ryan also held offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Clemson, Creighton, Davidson, Fordham, Iowa State, Marquette, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
Ryan hails from Cortlandt Manor, New York where he plays for Iona Preparatory School. He checks in at 6’7″ 210 lbs.
Recruiting services consider Ryan as one of best Small Forwards and players in the country. 247Sports ranked him as the 19th Small Forward and the 101st player. Conversely, ESPN considers him as the 38th Small Forward. They do not rank him nationally. Most services ranks him as 3- or 4-star recruit.
Notre Dame was the first school to offer Ryan on July 18, 2013. He unofficially visited Notre Dame on September 21st of last year. Brey visited Ryan April 21st.
Ryan is considered an elite shooter. He is a perfect fit for Mike Brey’s system. With the loss of swingman Pat Connaughton following the 2014-2015 season, he will be a great addition for the 2015-2016 campaign. He underwent double hip surgery in February. Despite surgery, many schools were still pursuing the 4-star wing including Duke and North Carolina. However, Duke and North Carolina did not offer. Even with his commitment, Duke and North Carolina could be players if they offered.
Ryan can sign his Letter of Intent early on November 12, 2014.