TE Michael Mayer, 6-4, 232; Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic
Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 3 TE, No. 37 overall.
247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 3 TE, No. 69 overall.
Notable numbers: 50 receptions for 970 yards and 15 touchdowns; 10 carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns; 99 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and four interceptions, including a pick-six, in 15 games as a senior.
Birthday: July 6, 2001.
First scholarship offer: Kentucky.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “The second time I visited up there (June of 2018).”
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Unordinary.
Best player I’ve played against: Kentucky QB commit Beau Allen.
Most interesting fact about myself: “Coming into high school, I wasn’t going to play football. I was just going to stick with basketball, because I was a big basketball guy. But turns out, playing football was probably the best thing to ever happen to me in my life.”
Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5.
Most controversial opinion: “There’s aliens out there somewhere.”
Dream job (other than the NFL): Entrepreneur.
NFL player comparison: Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph.
Freshman year expectations: “As of right now, Cole Kmet is planning on staying. I could definitely learn a lot from him. I want to try to get as much playing time as possible.”
Favorite thing about football: “Being able to hit people without getting in trouble.”
Under Armour, Nike or Adidas: Nike.
What’s your best sport other than football? Basketball or golf.
Sports idol: Los Angeles Clippers SF Kawhi Leonard.
Preferred social media: Twitter.
Favorite musician/band: Post Malone.
Favorite TV show: “The Office.”
Favorite movie: “Rocky III.”
Celebrity crush: Vanessa Hudgens.
How many times have you watched Rudy? Eight to nine times.
Most used emoji: 😂