Libertyville, Ill. four star ranked offensive guard prospect David Moosman (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) was expecting Notre Dame assistant coach Greg Mattison to make an in home visit on Tuesday night. When Moosman heard the news that Notre Dame head coach Tyrone Willingham was fired on Tuesday afternoon, Moosman assumed that his in home visit would need to wait. Moosman was right.
"I heard the news in school today about Coach Willingham getting fired," Moosman said. "Coach (Greg) Mattison called early on Tuesday night and canceled our in home visit."
"I think one of the things I've learned in my recruiting is that college football is big business. Big time programs like Notre Dame are in the business of winning games, and it's really unfortunate when a good guy and a good coach like Coach Willingham gets fired."
Moosman in the meantime is still keeping the Fighting Irish on the front burner.
"I'm just like everyone else who's going to just be watching and waiting to see who gets hired for the Notre Dame job. I'm still planning to take my official visit to Notre Dame on January 14th. I'm sure that Notre Dame will have a new head coach hired by then. I'm still very interested in Notre Dame at this point. We'll just need to wait and see what happens."
"Is it me or is everyone just getting fired this week?"
Moosman also had Iowa assistant coach Lester Erb visit Libertyville High School on Monday.
"I was able to sit and talk with Coach Erb for awhile on Monday. We basically talked about my likes and dislikes, and we also talked about Iowa and everything about the school and the football program. It was a really good talk and I'm glad he was able to stop by and talk with me. He was able to answer quite a few questions I had about the Iowa program and football in general."
University of Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr is scheduled to make an in home visit on Wednesday.
"I joked with my Mom that I hope Mr. Carr doesn't get fired tomorrow."
Moosman is now starting to realize that it's getting down to crunch time in making his final college choice.
"It's really starting to get hard now in trying to make a decision. I'm really hoping that one school stands out when I make my official visits."