The Notre Dame football team has a special recruiting class coming in 2023, and here, we sit down with star tight end commit, Cooper Flanagan.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2023 recruiting class is special, already off to a huge start, as they are the No. 1 ranked class Via/ 247 Sports. When it is all said and done this class could be the best in Notre Dame history.
We sat down with Cooper Flanagan, a 4-Star tight end that looks to continue the success tight ends have had at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame football: Interview with 2023 commit Cooper Flanagan
Sean Smith (SlaptheSign): What stood out to you about Notre Dame?
Cooper Flanagan: Notre Dame is an exceptional school with an amazing football program. I loved the campus when I visited last June, and the coaching staff was fantastic as well. It really seemed like a natural fit for me.”
Smith: Are there any TEs that you look up to or embody your game after?
Flanagan: I love the toughness of George Kittle and the skill of Travis Kelce. I think my favorite TE is Mark Andrews. Great blocking, passing game, really combines all the TE skills. He is just really well rounded, that’s my goal too.”
Smith: What are your plans Senior year to be ready to make an impact on day one for the Irish?
Flanagan: I gave up Lacrosse this year after playing since I was 4 to focus on training for football. So I am doing track, it has helped so much already. I compete on the track to get faster. I do look a little out of place on the track but that’s ok. I lift every day, work on my JUGGs machine on Sunday and focus on eating foods to build strength along with all my workouts. I am also doing 7 on 7 which helps me focus on my route running and gives me reps with catching. It’s a grind but I love it.”
Smith: How is the relationship between you and the new TE coach at Notre Dame Gerad Parker?
Flanagan: The new coach is awesome, we talk weekly. He texts and messages me every few days. We have built a solid relationship at this point. I head to Notre Dame to meet him in person on April 8. I will also catch the weekend practice and connect with Coach Rees and Coach Freeman too.”
Smith: What is the impact you want to have at Notre Dame?
Flanagan: I want to help the team in any I can right away, that is my goal. Whatever they need to win, I will work hard to be that teammate.”
We would like to thank Cooper for sitting down to talk with us here at SlaptheSign. It was a pleasure to do this interview with him. Flanagan is going to make an impact for the Fighting Irish immediately. Showing why the Irish are TEU.