Notre Dame heads into Signing Day with 10 recruits on the offensive and special teams side of the ball with the hopes of adding one more in the form of electric wide receiver Michiah Quick. Of the 10 commitments on this side of the ball already though the Irish did an excellent job in addressing needs across the board.
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In this year’s class, Notre Dame signed 4 offensive linemen giving the Irish one of the nation’s best offensive line hauls for the second year in a row headlined by a 5-star offensive tackle. The two wide receivers Notre Dame already has on board give the Irish an excellent combination of size and speed at the position – a group that would also rank among the nation’s best should Quick select Notre Dame later today (announcement at 6:30 PM ET).
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For the second year in a row, Notre Dame added a quarterback tailor-made for Brian Kelly’s offense to finally give the Irish a full depth chart of quarterbacks capable of running Kelly’s ideal offense.
Oh yeah, and Notre Dame is bringing in the best tight end class in the nation… again. Not a bad haul for the Irish in 2014 regardless of the decision of Quick later tonight. That said, this offensive class becomes even more special if the Irish beat the Sooners for his signature.
With all that in mind, we bring you the 2014 Notre Dame offensive and special teams recruits. That is, of course, there are no last minute surprises like two years ago with Deontay Greenberry.
Alex Bars – OT
A consensus 4-star tackle and Under Armour All-American, Bars is also considered a top 100 overall prospect according to both Rivals and ESPN. Right now, Bars is a more accomplished run blocker than a pass blocker – at least that seemed to be the general consensus during the week of Under Armour Bowl practices where Bars initially struggled before rebounding to have a solid week.
Notre Dame beat out an impressive list of suitors for Bars pretty early in the process – Bars committed to Notre Dame back in May. His performance at the Under Armour Bowl clouded what made Bars a top 100 prospect in the first place such as man handling 5-star recruit Lorenzo Carter during the summer camp circuit. With the depth that Notre Dame has built along the offensive line, Bars will not be asked to play early, but rather should be afforded the luxury of red-shirting as a freshman before challenging for a supporting role in 2015 – the way you want to bring along college linemen.
- Height: 6-6
- Weight: 310 lbs
- Hometown/High School: Nashville, TN / Montgomery Bell Academy
- 40 Yard Dash: n/a
Competition: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee
Rankings & Stars
- Rivals: 4-star, #10 OT, #98 overall
- Scout: 4-stars, #14 OT, #202 overall
- 247 Sports: 4-star, #14 OT, #155 overall
- ESPN: 4-star, #7 OT, #76 overall