I just got off the phone with Terry Hanratty, who told me he was watching an NBA playoff game and how much he prefers the college game to the pros.
“Oh, and Conor committed to Notre Dame,” he said.
Conor Hanratty, New Canaan High School’s 6-foot-4, 300-pound junior tackle, gave a verbal commitment to attend his father’s alma mater, Notre Dame, on Saturday. He met with the Fighting Irish’s new coach, Brian Kelly, before the start of the spring game.
“He told me on Thursday that he made up his mind and I told him you can’t commit until you talk to the coach,” Terry said.
Terry was the starting quarterback for Notre Dame from 1966-68 and led the team to a national championship.
Conor, who had offers from over a dozen schools, has been a part of New Canaan teams that have won four straight state titles.
Unfortunately Conor was asleep and I haven’t been able to reach New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli tonight but I’ll have more tomorrow.
Updated today at 6 p.m.: I met with Conor and New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli for over an hour today. I also spoke with Terry for about 45 minutes. I have interviewed Conor, who has a very low-key personality, before, but we got to sit and talk by ourselves, along with one of his teammates, Kevin Macari, for about a half hour about a wide variety of subjects. Conor doesn’t say a lot, but what he has to say is worth listening to.
I’ll have a complete story in tomorrow’s paper.
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