St. Joe's Ratigan to play for Notre Dame

Conor Ratigan // WSBT 22 Photo

South Bend St. Joseph wide receiver Conor Ratigan will have the chance to live out a lifelong dream.

Ratigan accepted an offer to join the Notre Dame football team as a preferred walk-on. The Notre Dame football program introduced Ratigan on Wednesday as part of the 23 player incoming class on national signing day.

"Growing up around Notre Dame, you see all the recruiting classes coming in," Ratigan told WSBT 22 on Wednesday. "To actually be apart of that is exhilarating. "

Ratigan is coming off a standout season at St. Joe, where he developed a reputation as one of the most reliable pass catchers in the area.

He also has strong ties to the program:

His father Brian is the head of orthopaedic sports medicine for Irish football and baseball teams. Brian played for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame in the 80s.

"Being contacted by Notre Dame, the school that my dad also played at was great," said Ratigan. "It left me speechless."

It made quite an impression on the elder Ratigan as well.

"He [Connor's father] was almost brought to tears when I first told him," said Ratigan. "This whole process of seeing me in a jersey and me with a gold helmet on, he was super excited about it."

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