Indian Trail (North Carolina) Metrolina Christian Academy Bryce McPherson was committed to the happiness of Wake Forest. McPherson pledged to the Demon Deacons back in September 2020, and the Dave Clawson program gave him the opportunity to stay in the state and earn a degree from a prestigious university.
But then came Notre Dame.
In October, Notre Dame Special Teams Coordinator Brian Pullian He began expressing his interest in McFerson, and a few weeks later when the 6-1, 181 pounder received his scholarship offer from the Fighting Irish, it ended up all over.
“I’ve already decided I’m going to change my commitment,” MacPherson said.
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The current scholarship gambler for Notre Dame is yany brambletAnd while he hasn’t publicly announced his intention to move from November 23, this season appears to be his last in the Irish Fighting Uniform. He will graduate from Notre Dame after three seasons and was honored during a big day November 19 against Georgia Tech.
If Bramblett really does convert, it opens the door for McFerson to start out as a real freshman. He can handle the duties of other special teams.
“I will be competing for the starting job as well,” he said.
Polian must have had a good idea prior to McPherson’s official visit from November 18-20 that he was going to land the All-American gambler, and that solidified during McFerson’s one-on-one conversation with the Irish coach Brian Kelly.
“He was fantastic. He’s a good guy,” said McPherson. “It was crazy that the head coach of such a powerful mega program would be such an elegant and humble man.
“I was telling him I had a great time visiting me and loved him. He asked me if I would stick, and I said, ‘I am.’”
The Irish assistant coach has long been instrumental in hiring McPherson.
“He sold me for it,” MacPherson said of Bolian. “He was very important in my decision. I think he is a great guy and very focused. He has a lot of determination to be excellent at what he does.
“It’s great to have a guy like that on the sidelines working with you. He also knows a lot about kicking and kicking style, which is not uncommon.”
Other highlights of McPherson’s fully paid visit in November included all the coaches and staff he and his family spoke with, dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House and meeting with Dr. amber silkingMental performance coach for Notre Dame.
“It showed me how important the mental side of things is,” MacPherson explained. “That sold me a lot too. The kicks are different from the other placements because in training you’ll have 60 reps, but in the game you’ll have five or less.
“Learning how to change practice into game mentality is going to be an important thing for me.”
Macpherson made an unofficial visit to the University of Notre Dame campus during the weekend of Irish Farewell Week in October. He fell in love with the university at that point.
“It’s Notre Dame,” he said. “It has the most storied program in all of college football. Wake Forest is a special place with intimacy and the coaching staff is great, there are also other great football schools that don’t have that kind of culture. But Notre Dame has both. It has the same familiarity and culture and it has fine football. the level “.
McPherson was one of the few people to attend Notre Dame’s 55-0 victory over Georgia Tech who was cheering the Irish and wanting to see their punt on the field.
“It was fantastic,” MacPherson said of the atmosphere inside Notre Dame. “It was a blast, people usually don’t stay to watch those after the first half, but the students stayed until the end of the match. The stadium was still packed when the match was over.”
During his first season in which he helped lead the Metrolina Christian Academy to a 10-2 season, he averaged 46.0 yards per kick with a length of 62 and pinned the opponent within 20 six times on 24 total balls.
As captain, McPherson started 67 times and scored 63 touchdowns. He was perfect on extra points (43 of 43) and 6 of 12 on field goals with 47 points.
McPherson is the 23rd commitment for Notre Dame for the 2022 enlistment class. Fighting Irish has now taken scholarship specializing in the past four seasons (2019 Punter Jay Bramblett, 2020 snapper Alex Peitsch, 2021 Kicker Joshua Bryan and 2022 Punter McFerson).
MacPherson plans to major in business at Notre Dame.
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