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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Preferred Walk-On Status

Nate Montana started out as a preferred walk-on and now Joe Schmidt (6'2", 225 lbs., LB, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA) is doing the same. 

You don't have to go back any farther than David Ruffer (Special Teams - Kicker) or Mike Anello (Special Teams - Gunner) to realize the importance of walk-ons.

What exactly is a preferred walk-on status player compared to simply walking on and trying to make the team?

Here are some of the procedures and unwritten rules..........

1.  Coordination and correspondence between the walk-on and coaching staff is extensive.

2.  You do not have to tryout.

3.  No scholarship offer in the future is implied or promised.

4.  You are invited on the team because you are wanted by the coaching staff and have agreed to attend Notre Dame at your own expense.

5.  The issue of GPA is less than for scholarship athletes.

6.  Opportunity to participate in summer camp prior to fall practice and freshman year. (Where regular walk-ons tryout during spring training.)

7.  The athletic department and admissions office work together for enrollment.

Welcome aboard Joe.  Good Luck.  Go IRISH.

Joe Schmidt

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