While some committed prospects are exploring their options this fall, Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo offensive tackle and Notre Dame commit Hunter Bivin is staying rock solid to the Irish.
The four-star, Rivals250 member was in South Bend to watch the Irish defeat Purdue two weeks ago, and said he'll be back in town this weekend for the school's game against Michigan.
"I was up there two weekends ago and I liked it a lot," Bivin said. "I'm going to try to get to as many games as I can but I'm not going to take my official visit until after the season."
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After attending three games last year on unofficial visits, Bivin is becoming a quite the regular. He said that with the team playing well, he's even more excited to be a member of the Irish family.
"They haven't been 3-0 for a long time," he said "I think that shows a lot about Coach Kelly. He just needed a couple of years to get his players in there and now they're having success. I think I'm joining in at the right time."
Taking in Notre Dame games has provided as a nice break for Bivin from his high school season, which hasn't exactly gotten off to the start that he and his teammates had hoped for.
Through four games, Apollo is 1-3, having struggled with turnovers early in the season. With district play around the corner, Bivin is hoping there's still time to turn things around.
"We had a pretty intense practice today," Bivin said Monday. "We've been up and down but if we can hang onto the ball we can start winning games."
Bivin has done his part for the team, moving from left tackle to right tackle to help protect the blindside of the team's left-handed quarterback,.
"It's a little bit different playing on the right side because it's like doing everything with your offhand," Bivin said.
He's also starting at defensive tackle and playing on all four special teams units.
"I get a little tired playing every snap," Bivin said. "But we worked hard with conditioning in the offseason and with the weather cooling down it won't be nearly as tough."