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SIGNED: Alex Bars

Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy offensive tackle Alex Bars submitted his letter of intent to Notre Dame Wednesday.

The 6-6, 309-pound Bars is ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports. He is rated as the No. 155 overall player in the country, the No. 14 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 5 player in Tennessee.

Measurables
• Listed with a 4.88 time in the 40-yard dash.

Honors
• Recipient of the Rotary Lombard “Chip Off The Block” South Region Lombardi Award. Seven different regions are represented, and Bars won in an area of seven states encompassing the SEC. Last year’s winner in the South was Ole Miss recruit Robert Nkemdiche, and this year Bars won over Alabama recruit Cameron Robinson.
• Selected as a second-team All-American by USA Today.
• A Tennessee all-state selection as a junior and senior.

All-Star Games And Camps
• Played in the Under Armour All-American Game Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He roomed with fellow Irish offensive line recruit Sam Mustipher. Other Notre Dame recruits for the event were receiver Corey Holmes tight end Tyler Luatua, defensive lineman Andrew Trumbetti and cornerback Nick Watkins.
• Camped at Kentucky and Tennessee after his sophomore season.

Recruitment
• Committed to Notre Dame on May 17, 2013.
• Offered by 46 programs, per 247Sports, including 2013 national champ Florida State.
• Primary recruiter at Notre Dame was offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.
• Official visit to South Bend was on Oct. 19, 2013, during the 14-10 victory against USC.

Notable
• Born on Sept.8, 1995.
• Older brother Brad signed with Penn State in 2010 and is a defensive end, while another brother, Blake, signed with Michigan in 2011 and is an offensive lineman.
• Father Joe, who played at Brother Rice in Michigan, signed with Notre Dame in head coach Gerry Faust’s first recruiting class in 1981 as a linebacker and played from 1981-84 before graduating.
• Maintains a 90-plus academic average at private school Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
• Led Montgomery Bell Academy to the Division II-AA semifinals this season, and also plays basketball and throws shot put for the track team.
• In addition, plays the saxophone in the band.

2014 Projection
• Will line up at offensive tackle, which in 2014 will be led by current sophomore Ronnie Stanley and current freshmen Steve Elmer as the projected starters. Current freshmen Mike McGlinchey and Hunter Bivin also are projected to align there on the second unit. Twenty-two of the last 24 Irish offensive line recruits since 2007 have red-shirted. The exceptions were Trevor Robinson (2008) and Elmer (2013).

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