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Blue-Gold Recruiting Updates
ons of recruiting updates have come in already from Saturday's Blue-Gold Game. The biggest news came early with the commitment of Massachusetts offensive lineman John Montelus, but Irish Sports Daily has touched base with several prospects who were on campus on Saturday.
2014 QB Gets Back To ND
McGovern Enjoys Visit
McGlinchey Enjoys 'Easy' Return
Montelus Talks Decision
Brent Blown Away
Bivin Gets Back
Roesler Returns To ND
Hilliard Impressed By ND
Montelus Finishes OL Class
Spearman Has Amazing Visit
Irish Offer Surprises James
Quick Update: Johnny Stanton
Quick Update: Shelby Spence/Jamarco Jones
Montelus Finishes OL Class
otre Dame has been telling John Montelus that the Irish wanted him to complete their 2013 offensive line recruiting class for some time now and after getting his first look at campus this weekend, the Massachusetts native accepted the offer, according to a source.
Montelus committed to the Irish on Saturday during a three-day visit to campus, giving the Irish their fifth offensive line commitment in the 2013 class and 11th overall.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Everett, Mass., (Everett High School) also had offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia among others.
It’s been a busy few days for Montelus. He visited Florida earlier in the week and named the Gators his leader before returning to Massachusetts to make the drive out to South Bend on Thursday.
It’s still early in the recruiting process for 2014 Indiana wide receiver Justin Brent, but as a dual-sport prospect, Brent has seen his share of colleges.
“It was amazing,” Brent said following Saturday’s visit to Notre Dame for the Irish’s Blue-Gold Game.
“It was one of the best visits I’ve ever been on basketball or football. I’m definitely glad I came and they’re glad I came.”
The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder from Indianapolis’ Speedway High School doesn’t have any offers at this early stage, but he is receiving interest from schools like Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas, Louisville and Pittsburgh in addition to Notre Dame and others.
“It was just different,” Brent said of his trip to South Bend. “Everything was set up well, everyone was so friendly. I was signing autographs for people. That was probably one of the coolest parts.
“It was just amazing, everybody was so friendly and welcomed you. You’ve got to love that. The facilities were so nice. It’s just hard not to like it.”
The Irish plan on continuing the contact with Brent and it sounds like he’s a guy they’d consider offering down the road.
“They’re going to come down to Speedway to see me and they have me coming to an evaluation that they do, so I’m going to be going up there,” he said of a return trip for summer camp.
“They said an offer could happen.”
Notre Dame assistant Mike Elston handles in-state recruiting for the Irish.
“I talked to Elston, but I also talked to almost every other coach,” said Brent. “They all came up and greeted you. I had conversations with all of them and they’re glad I came.
“(Elston) said he’s definitely going to come down and check on me in the spring, he’s going to talk to my coach. I know I’m for sure coming back. He said I’ve got to come back. I’m excited.”
Brent enjoyed the other recruits and current players he met during the day.
“I met a lot of them,” he said. “I didn’t really talk to them that much. I talked to Gunner Kiel, he’s real cool.”
He felt like Notre Dame is a place he could fit in socially.
“I’m cool and outgoing and everybody else was too,” he said. “There were no egos, no nothing. Everybody was really friendly and cool.”
Brent didn’t have much to say about the game itself and that’s a good sign.
“I loved it,” he said. “I can’t even say anything, I’m speechless. There’s not even a word to describe it.”
He certainly picked up on the amount of time the Irish put the ball in the air.
“That’s the first thing the coaches said,” he said. “They said they like to throw it and they need wideouts. They said maybe I could be their guy.”
Brent is enjoying the early stages of the recruiting process.
“It’s getting bigger and bigger each week. It’s getting kind of ridiculous, but I can’t complain.”
Karl Roesler (St. Xavier/Louisville, Ky.) has been on the Notre Dame campus several times, but Saturday's visit was different than the others.
"It was a little different being there as a recruit and trying not to look at it from a fan’s perspective," he said. "It was still a lot of fun and I enjoyed it as always."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end/outside linebacker has yet to receive his first offer, but he's receiving interest from Notre Dame, Miami, UCLA, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, Connecticut, Michigan State and Boston College among others.
While in South Bend, the Kentucky native was able to speak with the Notre Dame coaching staff and see where he stands in terms of a potential Irish offer.
"The coaches should be stopping by to see me at my school and hopefully I pick up an offer," he explained. "They want to see how I look in person and then we'll see what happens."
Besides meeting with the coaching staff, Roesler enjoyed the overall atmosphere on campus for the spring game.
"It was awesome," he said. "The team looked good on both sides of the ball and it was an exciting game. It was perfect weather for playing football.
“The defense played really well and they were able to force a few turnovers. It looks like they have quite a few playmakers on offense as well, but it'll be interesting to see what happens with the quarterback position."
Once the game concluded, Roesler and some of the other recruits were able to get an up-close look at the team in the locker room and then in the Gug.
"After the game we went to the locker room and after that we headed to the football complex," he shared. "It was cool getting to see the coaches and players interact in the locker room. We really got to see all of the stuff that the team goes through. It was an awesome experience."
If the Irish do come through with an offer, it may be safe to assume that they'll be the top school for the Notre Dame legacy.
"It would be a dream come true to receive an offer from Notre Dame," he stated. "I would definitely consider committing on the spot, but I'm not sure. I do want to see what schools get involved and I'd like to take my time, but I love Notre Dame. I just have to be patient and let everything play out."
2014 running back C.J. Hilliard (St. Xavier/Cincinnati, Ohio) wasn't sure what to expect during his first visit to Notre Dame on Saturday. But the talented sophomore came away impressed with what he saw from the Irish program.
"The visit was absolutely amazing," he said. "I loved everything about it and it was more than I expected. I've seen a few schools now and Notre Dame is right up there with everything I've seen."
The 6-foot, 185-pound tailback was also impressed with the campus and academics offered by Notre Dame.
"I already knew that Notre Dame was a very prestigious academic school, but they graduate almost all of their players," he noted. "The campus was very nice and everything was very close. I also liked that everything seemed to be brand new and top-of-the-line."
The way the running backs were used was another appealing aspect of the program to Hilliard.
"The game was a lot of fun and the running backs looked great. Wood, Riddick and Atkinson are all beasts and they have a lot of depth at the position," he said. "I like how they move them around and even split them out as white receivers. They make an effort to get the ball into the running backs hands in a variety of ways; they also use several players so they stay fresh."
Hilliard also had the chance to speak with some of the Notre Dame coaching staff.
"I spoke with Coach (Mike) Elston, who's my main recruiter and I got to meet Tony Alford," he shared. "They told me that they like my film and they'd be stopping to see me when they are in Cincinnati next month. Now we are working on building a relationship and just seeing where things go this coming season."
The Midwest product is yet to receive his first offer, but he's been receiving interest from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida State, Florida and Georgia among others.
Even though Hilliard is just finishing up his sophomore year of high school, the young running back already has a couple of schools standing out.
"I haven't received any offers yet, but it's still early and I'm getting a lot of interest," he stated. "I've taken visits to Notre Dame, Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan; plus, I'm visiting Michigan State next week. Out of everything I've seen so far, Notre Dame and Michigan have definitely been the best. I love the history and tradition of both schools."
3 Irish who helped their chances
April 22, 2012 11:14 a.m. - by Mark Bradford
No. 1 -- WR John Goodman. The fifth-year senior was named captain of the offensive team for the Blue-Gold Game, meaning Brian Kelly felt he was one of the most improved players in spring practice. Goodman is a reliable receiver but caught only seven passes for 65 yards last year when the passing offense centered around WR Michael Floyd. With the new main target being TE Tyler Eifert, Goodman may provide a quality secondary target. No. 2 -- DL Kona Schwenke. Listed in the spring program, which was printed before the departure of DE Aaron Lynch, as the backup to DL Louis Nix III, Schwenke's name was mentioned a lot during spring press briefings and he was named the captain of the defensive team for the Blue-Gold Game. Schwenke played only three games with no stats in 2011, but he has a real chance to contribute in a big way with Lynch's exit. No. 3 -- RB George Atkinson III. He was the star of the Blue-Gold Game, running for 124 yards on 15 carries. He also fumbled twice, prompting Kelly to label him as a player who gives him heart attacks. He returned two kickoffs for TDs in 2011 and could provide the breakaway threat ND needs to support a work-in-progress passing attack.
Everett OT Montelus commits to Notre Dame
Everett High offensive tackle John Montelus verbally committed to Notre Dame following its spring game on Saturday.
"Committed to to Notre Dame," Montelus wrote on his Twitter account.
The 6-foot-5, 293-pound 16-year-old chose the Fighting Irish over offers from Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Virginia, UConn, West Virginia, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and UMass.
Montelus, the nation's No. 21 overall offensive tackle prospect, had named Florida his leader after visiting Gainesville on Wednesday. He becomes the fifth offensive line commit and the 11th verbal commit overall for Notre Dame. He is the ninth four-star player to commit to the Irish.
Montelus first burst onto the scene last summer, when he racked up four offers from BCS-level schools before his 16th birthday. He followed up with a monster junior season, racking up ESPN Boston All-State honors as he paved the way to Dartmouth-bound quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso shattering the state's career touchdown pass record. He has started every game at left tackle the last two seasons; over that time, the Crimson Tide have gone 25-0 with two MIAA Eastern Mass Super Bowl titles.
ESPNU's latest evaluation of Montelus reads as follows:
Montelus uses his functional playing strength to dominate as a run and pass blocker. Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. His frame appears capable of supporting additional body mass over time. Playing out of both a two and three point stance we see the flexibility, agility and balance needed to pick up movement and handle change of direction movement in a tight box. Displays dominant upper body playing strength with explosive, strong hands however we see the need to improve his immediate surge and pop when drive blocking defensive linemen; at times this prospect comes off a little too high but is able to gain and sustain an immediate advantage due to his base, persistent leg drive and superior athletic skills. Demonstrates the ability to pull/trap and locate defenders on the move; can play on his feet in space and is an explosive finisher when blocking linebackers. We see the initial quickness needed to gain leverage on offset defenders while consistently getting a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders; does a great job getting out in front screen passes off the edge. This guy is a tough customer who displays the nasty finishing attitude we look for when evaluating offensive linemen. His long arms, quick hands and nimble feet are assets in pass protection; sets quickly, demonstrating the ability to bend, slide and play with excellent balance to the deep set point; doesn't cross his feet and is able to recover and stay out of trouble in space. Puts his long arms to use with good punch and location; flashes the ability to work his hands back inside the frame after initial contact; demonstrates the ability to pick up movement and late stunts. With added bulk and improved playing strength Montelus could be ready to compete for starting time once his collegiate career begins.
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