The Blue-Gold Game weekend wouldn't be complete without the Irish being able to land a new verbal commitment, and even though there was only one recruit heading into the weekend that was offered and hadn't committed - Notre Dame still managed to pull one off.
OT John Montelus is rated by 247Sports as the No. 53 offensive tackle in the land.
Everett (Mass.) High offensive tackle John Montelus was scheduled to have a busy week with a one-day stop in Gainesville to visit Florida on Wednesday, a return trip home and plans to drive to South Bend the following day.
The 6-5, 305-pound three-star recruit had reported to GatorBait.net after the trip to Florida that the Gators were now the leader, but BlueandGold.com was informed at the start of Montelus' visit that it was mainly due to the fact that the Irish hadn't been able to display the program interest in person yet.
It didn't take long to do so as we reported very early in the trip that things were going well, and it continued on from there as the Massachusetts native decided to end his recruitment.
"Committed to the University of Notre Dame," Montelus reported via Twitter as Irish head coach Brian Kelly was still mid-press conference.
It shouldn't have come as a complete shock, however, considering his comments to BlueandGold.com recruiting writer Will Biggers just over a week before the trip.
"I'm looking forward to seeing (Notre Dame) and the atmosphere of the game," he said. "I'm really hoping it makes me commit because I've been hearing some really good things about Notre Dame. I really like them a lot. If I like what I see, I'd say there's a good chance I could commit."
Montelus' lead recruiter was defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and the Irish assistant was seen talking to Montelus and his family shortly after the game. As the big addition tried to avoid his constant-buzzing phone, there was plenty of excitement among the group.
The Irish already had four offensive line commits - Hunter Bivin, Steven Elmer Jr., Mike McGlinchey and Colin McGovern - and there was a potential spot for a fifth and final recruit. Notre Dame felt that the Montelus being a swing player was an ideal fit for the last spot regardless of how many touted prospects are left on the board, and he headed into the trip already having that information from Diaco.
"He's been telling me he wants me to come down there and be the fifth offensive lineman that commits to them," Montelus shared. "He's a great guy, and I'm comfortable with him. He likes my versatility and thinks I could play inside at guard or outside at tackle. I'm comfortable with either one."
Montelus, who is rated by 247Sports as the No. 53 offensive tackle nationally and the No. 2 prospect in Massachusetts, is No. 11 for Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class.
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