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FIGHTING IRISH LOOK AHEAD TO INCOMING PLAYERS

May 10, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



 The University of Notre Dame football roster will increase by 23 student-athletes for the 2014 season.

Twenty-one of those individuals signed national letters of intent on Feb. 5 - while two others enrolled at the University in January, began taking classes and are taking part in Irish spring football drills.

The 23 new additions represent 14 states - three from Illinois, three from Ohio, three from Texas, two from Indiana, two from New Jersey, two from New York, plus one each from California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee.

As listed by group, Notre Dame adds 10 power players, seven big skill players, five skill players and one specialist. As listed by position, Notre Dame adds two defensive backs, six defensive lineman, five linebackers, four offensive linemen, two tight ends, two wide receivers, one punter/kicker and one quarterback.

Two of the 23 players - wide receiver Justin Brent and defensive lineman Andrew Trumbetti - enrolled at the University in January and are taking classes. They have participated in Notre Dame's spring football practices that began March 3. The other 21 players have signed national letters of intent and will arrive on campus by June for the start of summer school.

Two who were selected to the Parade prep All-America squad - TE Nic Weishar (first team) and OL Quenton Nelson (honorable mention)

Three who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio: LB Nyles Morgan, Nelson and Weishar

Six who were selected for the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.: OL Alex Bars, WR Corey Holmes, DE Andrew Trumbetti, TE Tyler Luatua, DB Nick Watkins, OL Sam Mustipher

One who played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Los Angeles: P/K Tyler Newsome

Three members of the USA Today All-America team: Morgan (first team), Bars (second team) and Nelson (second team)

Three members of the 247Sports All-America team: Luatua (first team), Morgan (first team) and Weishar (second team)

Seven members of the MaxPreps Top 100: Luatua (23rd), Watkins (30th), DL Jay Hayes (60th), Bars (82nd), Trumbetti (92nd), Weishar (94th) and Morgan (100th).

Ten members of the ESPN 300: Morgan (72nd), Bars (76th), Holmes (94th), Trumbetti (97th), Luatua (107th), Watkins (123rd), Nelson (175th), LB Greer Martini (255th), Weishar (274th) and WR Justin Brent (280th)

Eight members of the Rivals.com 250: Nelson (29th), Morgan (72nd), Brent (84th), Bars (98th), Watkins (186th), Mustipher (203rd), Holmes (224th) and Hayes (233rd)

Fourteen members of the Scout.com Top 300: Morgan (34th), Nelson (46th), Brent (64th), DL Grant Blakenship (91st), Mustipher (134th), DL Daniel Cage (165th) Trumbetti (166th), DB Drue Tranquill (171st), Holmes (200th), Bars (202nd), Watkins (205th), OL Jimmy Byrne (211th), Hayes (233rd) and QB DeShone Kizer (263rd)

Eight members of the 247Sports Top 247: Brent (67th), Nelson (75th), Trumbetti (86th), Morgan (98th), Bars (155th), Kizer (162nd), Hayes (193rd) and Weishar (213th)

Thirteen members of the Tom Lemming/CBS Sports Top 300: Nelson (50th), Morgan (54th), Bars (99th), Weishar (109th), DL Jhonny Williams (115th), DL Jonathan Bonner (120th), Byrne (161st), Hayes (202nd), Brent (229th), Mustipher (240th), Watkins (251st), LB Nile Sykes (257th) and Tranquill (284th)

2014 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NATIONAL LETTER-OF-INTENT SIGNEES

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)

Bars, Alex OL 6-6 290 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)

Blankenship, Grant DL 6-6 264 The Colony, Texas (The Colony)

Bonner, Jonathan LB 6-3 245 Chesterfield, Mo. (Parkway Central)

Brent, Justin* WR 6-1 204 Speedway, Ind. (Speedway)

Byrne, Jimmy OL 6-4 285 Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)

Cage, Daniel DL 6-2 305 Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods)

Hayes, Jay DL 6-4 275 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Poly Prep Country Day)

Hill, Kolin LB 6-2 220 Schertz, Texas (Samuel Clemens)

Holmes, Corey WR 6-2 176 Pembroke Pines, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Kizer, DeShone QB 6-5 212 Toledo, Ohio (Central Catholic)

Luatua, Tyler TE 6-3 241 Paramount, Calif. (La Mirada)

Martini, Greer LB 6-3 225 Cary, N.C. (Woodberry Forest)

Mokwuah, Peter DL 6-4 315 Staten Island, N.Y. (St. Joseph by-the-Sea)

Morgan, Nyles LB 6-2 223 Crete, Ill. (Crete-Monee)

Mustipher, Sam OL 6-3 294 Olney, Md. (Good Counsel)

Nelson, Quenton OL 6-5 302 Holmdel, N.J. (Red Bank Catholic)

Newsome, Tyler P/K 6-3 190 Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)

Sykes, Nile LB 6-2 220 Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic)

Tranquill, Drue DB 6-2 210 Fort Wayne, Ind. (Carroll)

Trumbetti, Andrew* DL 6-3 260 Demarest, N.J. (North Valley Region)

Watkins, Nick DB 6-1 190 DeSoto, Texas (Bishop Dunne)

Weishar, Nic TE 6-4 215 Midlothian, Ill. (Marist)

Williams, Jhonny DL 6-5 230 Benton Harbor, Mich. (Berrien Springs)


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