Notre Dame was counting on returning all five of their offensive linemen. It seemed like they would give ND stability on the front. Not anymore. In a stunning move, guard Matt Hegarty has announced that he will transfer:
"Unfortunately, I have already had to miss a precious amount of football battling back from my stroke, and I value every rep and opportunity going into my final year of college ball that much more. My goal is to contribute this season, continue to develop my skills and pursue my dream of playing in the NFL. Because of this goal, I have asked for a transfer to play at another school where I can contribute more on the field."
The New Mexico native was a four star commitment back in 2010, and started 11 games for the Irish last year. In 2012 he had a mini stroke and had to have emergency surgery. He wants to play right away to give him a chance in the NFL. Would Boston College be a good fit?
Unlike Ian Silberman and Matt Patchan, both offensive line transfers, Hegarty doesn't have a connection to the Steve Addazio camp. Also, coming from New Mexico, I don't know if transferring to the northeast would be a match made in heaven. However it might not be a hard sell for Addazio, with BC bringing in a slew of young offensive lineman. He has two players Frank Taylor and Jon Baker who haven't played much, and depth at either would be huge for the Eagles. I also believe I have heard that BC has at least one scholarship left for a transfer. Could Hegarty be the one?
It seems like it might be a bit of a long shot, but Addazio has made late transfer grabs in the past. Last season he snagged Shakim Phillips back from UConn. Keep an eye on Matt Hegarty. He is a graduate student who would be available to play immediately. Maybe selling some revenge against the Irish in November would be an enticing option for the young offensive lineman.
There is also one Eagle that is rooting for him to come to Chestnut Hill.