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Romine ready for Midwest tour

 

By Steve Hare, IrishIllustrated.com Recruiting Analyst

 

With 19 scholarship offers in hand, offensive lineman Matt Romine of Tulsa, Okla., will have his work cut out for him when he tries to cut down to five schools before the start of his senior season. To help push that process forward, Romine will visit both Notre Dame and Michigan later this month.

 

"It will happen July 27," he said. "I'm going (to Notre Dame) for one day. My mom is going up with me. We're going to fly up on Thursday and then drive up to Michigan on Friday and fly out on Saturday."

 

Romine has already visited South Bend but wants to see another side of campus.

 

"I'm just trying to get a different view of it," he said. "Every time I've been up there it's been for the spring game or a game. I just want my mom to see Notre Dame; she's seen some of the schools around here so I want her to see Notre Dame."

 

The trip to South Bend was supposed to take place earlier in the month but a scheduling conflict with head coach Charlie Weis put the trip on hold.

 

"On Wednesday I was talking to coach (Mike) Haywood and coach (John) Latina trying to get the visit set up because originally I was supposed to visit on July 20," he said. "But coach Weis called them and said that he was going to be at an engagement in New Jersey that day so they texted me back and asked if I could move it back a week."

 

Romine met Weis at the Notre Dame spring game back in April and wanted to give his mother a chance to talk with the Irish head coach.

 

"I would like for my mom to meet coach Weis," he said. "I met him when I went up for the spring game. Just to talk to him is a great honor, but I would like for my mom to meet him."

 

Following his day in South Bend, Romine will head to Ann Arbor to take a look at what the Wolverines have to offer.

 

"This will be my first visit to Ann Arbor," he said. "I just want to see what Michigan is all about. I've never been to Michigan, so I just want to see what they have to offer."

 

While Romine waits for the Midwest tour to arrive, he'll continue working out with his team and personal trainer. He didn't attend any camps this summer but has joined his Union teammates for a team camp.

 

"We're allowed to have a team camp now here in Oklahoma, so we're taking advantage of that," he said. "We're just trying to learn our new system and get that all polished up. It's coming along really well. It's a little bit different than we're accustomed to but we're coming along really well."

 

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Matt, Michigan doesn't have much to offer so I advise you to just spend both days in SB... :lol: He seems really set on having his mom meet CW which would seem like a great sign...maybe mom wants to meet CW before her son commits to play there for the next 4 years!? Also, the mulitiple visits are another real plus.

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I love CW's ability to win over the moms.

 

I love CW but I'm not so sure it is Charlie winning over the moms. Personally, I think more than anything that Notre Dame itself is winning over the moms.

 

I mean that with zero negativity to Charlie. I just think a school like ND is VERY attractive to parents.

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Agreed! In fact, in a recent survey by, I believe, the Princeton Review, only Harvard ranked higher among parents as a dream school for their children. ND is VERY attractive to parents.

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Looks like we may have to wait on Romine also !!!!!

 

 

 

Offensive lineman Matt Romine from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union, is arguably one of the nation's top five tackle prospects. He just did the first leg of his only summer visit tour this week -- to Notre Dame and Michigan. GoBlueWolverine tackled the big tackle on Sunday afternoon.

 

Six-foot-six, 285-pound offensive lineman Matt Romine from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union, is arguably one of the nation's top five tackle prospects. He just did the first leg of his only summer visit tour this week -- to Notre Dame and Michigan. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the big guy on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

What other schools are you interested in?

 

"I don't have a top five yet. Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech are a few of them."

 

How did your visit to Notre Dame go?

 

"I was there on Thursday, and I got the full treatment. I had been there twice before but this time it was more relaxed. I got to meet a lot the of the players and had lunch with them. That was real cool."

 

How does Michigan and Notre Dame compare for you?

 

"They both have their positives and negatives, right now I haven't picked a top school yet."

 

 

What other visits are you making this summer?

 

"I'm leaving for Alabama and Tennessee tomorrow, and those are my last two."

 

What's your decision timetable look like?

 

" I want to wait until I've taken all five of my official visits before I decide -- later in the season."

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What's your decision timetable look like?

 

"I want to wait until I've taken all five of my official visits before I decide -- later in the season."

 

The clegry may know but a verbal doesn't seem in the prospects until late in the recruiting season from that comment.

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Sounds like he enjoyed his UM trip, says its more spread out and bigger than ND, but was impressed. This was 3rd trip to ND, says each one got better and better. He met some incoming freshman, they asked him to hang out in the dorms (good to see our guys helping out w/ recruits). Is taking visits down south to Tenn and Bama, I believe.

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I think when you look at it it, it's a chance for an Oklahoma boy to do some traveling at another schools cost. That's not a bad thing even if at ND with any away games he's sure not going to see much of the rest of the country.

 

If there is a joker in the deck it will be Coach Cutcliffe, who is a very persuasive Catholic, Southern gentleman. He's the one that bothers us most.

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With their problems count oklahoma out. :D

 

I don't know if you can jump that far.

 

Stoops got a lot of points for acting quickly (at least it appears it was quickly NCAA investigation will determine so) and more so for his strident comments about his ex-QB.

 

It should knock OU out of NC/Big 12 Championship but that program is not going in the toilet over one player.

 

It's a point for Romine to consider but I don't think HomeState U. gets an automatic DQ by him.

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I can't say dred???? about Oklahoma or NCAA. For what it is my clergy called Romine Irish I stick with it till announcement. I think an OK problem would only drive his Mother etc farther into what would be ND territory.

 

I said Irish way back when excluding all others, and this sure does not help raise Ok up any farther.The youth has good chracter.

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