Cooper Flanagan Committed to Notre Dame in September, but the 2023 California tight end has yet to walk away from the recruiting process.
The major scholarship calls and offers never really stopped coming to him. Then Irish head coach Brian Kelly left for LSU.
Flanagan was one of many Notre Dame commitments hoping Marcus Freeman would be promoted to head coach. Once Freeman was named head coach, Flanagan also took comfort in the fact that John McNulty was retained as the tight ends coach.
Then McNulty was offered – and accepted – the position of offensive coordinator at Boston College and Flanagan learned that he would have a new position coach in Gerad Parker… while continuing to receive calls and offers from schools like Alabama and LSU.
But through it all, Flanagan stuck to Notre Dame, and Notre Dame stuck to the De La Salle star.
Flanagan’s first impressions of Parker were overwhelmingly positive.
“He’s a great guy,” Flanagan said of Parker. “I like him a lot. I’m happy.
“He looks like a great coach who talks a lot about Notre Dame. He speaks very well about Notre Dame. He has a lot of experience. He’s a great guy, that’s for sure.
Meanwhile, Freeman takes a personal interest in recruiting Flanagan.
“We talk every week,” Flanagan said of himself and the Irish head coach. “He was really cool too. He stayed in touch a lot.
The fact that Freeman shows that kind of interest certainly caught Flanagan’s attention.
“That’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s such an honor. He’s a great guy too.
“It really makes me feel important, like they need me. It’s really great to have the head coach behind me.
Flanagan plans to return to South Bend “soon” either this spring or this summer.
“I’m not really looking for anything like in particular,” he said. “I’m just happy to go out and meet all the rookies, all the commits, all the new coaches.
As for the interest of other schools, Flanagan is respectful.
“I mean it’s an honor, it’s kind of cool, but at the end of the day, I’m still committed to Notre Dame,” he said.
“I’m not going to say it’s difficult. It’s obviously an honor, but I’m just happy to have this opportunity.