February 5, 2014 // Recruiting

Meet Notre Dame’s 2014 Offensive Recruits

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Corey Holmes (7) of Team Nitro (Green) in action during the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game between Team Highlight (White) and Team Nitro (Black) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

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.

[See Also: Meet Notre Dame's 2014 Defensive Recruits]

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).

[See Also: Signing Day 2014 Announcement Schedule]

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.

Measureables

  • 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
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  • duranko commented on February 5th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    And 2015 is already under way with three studs, all of whom are coming in early (less than a year until they arrive)

    Blake Barnett, QB
    Jerry Tiller OT
    Tristen Hoge OC

    They will arrive to the deepest Notre Dame team in over 20 years.

    Sure we need some difference makers, but the foundation has been built, and there is size and depth, sometimes young, in the OL and the front seven. We have moved far beyond the roster-and coaching staffs-of 1994-2009. Fasten your seat belts lads!!

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  • BJ commented on February 5th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35BSfSgPSOE

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  • Ron Burgundy commented on February 5th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    This class stinks!
    Where are the difference makers? Guys like Bettis, the Rocket, Joe Montana, Coley O’Brien, Page, Golic and Olson?

    Swarbrick doesn’t get it, he’s only interested in jumbotrons and fake grass. Go to the grotto and pray.

    Where is the offense?

    Notre Dame our mother pray for us. What a tragedy!

    - Bruce Johnson

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  • BJ commented on February 5th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    SPEAK FOR YOURSELF MY FRIEND, WE DID OK BUT ALABAMA OHIO STATE STANFORD AND LSU DID WELL. TOO WELL

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  • RICH ROBINSON commented on February 5th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    AS NOTRE DAME FANS WE MUST BE REALISTIC IN OUR RECRUITING EXPECTATIONS. AS LONG AS THERE ARE NO ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET AT THE SEC SCHOOLS AND HIGHER INSTITUTES OF LEARNING SUCH AS FLORIDA, AND OHIO STATES, THE IRISH CANNOT COMPETE. THAT BECAME PAINFULLY HONEST TO ME AS I WATCHED SOME OF THESE STUDENT ATHA LETES SPEAK TODAY. COACH KELLY HAD ANOTHER GOOD CLASS. OBVIOSLY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE GOTTEN A LATE COMMITMENT FROM JUJU SMITH OR ISIAH MACKENZIE.ONE THING COACH KELLY SHOULD HAVE DONE IS HIRE FORMER U.S.C. COACH , ED OGERON. COACH O IS A MASTER RECRUITER. MAYBE HE COULD HAVE SWUNG SOME WEST COAST RECRUITS TO NOTRE DAME. IT IS TIME TO OPEN THE PLAY BOOK NEXT YEAR, NO MORE EXCUSES. WE HAVE THREE MOBILE Q.B.’S NOW. DEFENSIVELY, NO MORE BEND BUT DON’T BREAK PHILOSOPHY. PLAY MICHIGAN STATE STYLE DEFENSIVELY, APPLY PRESSURE AND PRESS COVERAGE. HOPEFULLY OUR NEW DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CHANGES THE SCHEMES!

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    Ron Burgundy replied on February 6th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I can’t hear you, please speak up.

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  • BJ commented on February 6th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    HIRE FORMER U.S.C. COACH , ED OGERON. as a recruiter, COACH O IS A MASTER RECRUITER. MAYBE HE COULD HAVE SWUNG SOME WEST COAST RECRUITS
    a good idea i see outstanding guys on west coast going to oregon, usc, stanford that went to catholic prep schools and at one time would have gone no where else but to the dome

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    Ron Burgundy replied on February 6th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Oregon’s class is ranked lower than ours so can’t be that many guys going there. I guess your man crush on the OC out there is all hype.

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    IrishChan replied on February 6th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Oregon didn’t exactly have a steller class by any means. Standford was ranked very close to us but behind a few spots.

    Kelly and Co. put together a solid class. Morgan may be the only “flashy” commit but the Offensive Line and Defensive front seven was handled well. IMO

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  • jkennedy commented on February 6th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    This class is ok given what we have to deal with. Don’t forget ND lost both coordinators late in the game. It is a miracle that we held onto the kids we did have verbals from with Cage being a bonus get at the end. We will never be able to recruit with the SEC, USC, or Ohio State because Kelly has to take kids that can read and write, plus ND doesn’t oversign… See Tenn’s 36 member class this year for more on that.

    The overall landscape has changed since your Dad or Grandad’s ND teams of decades past. Notre Dame isn’t the dream destination it once was for most highly touted kids. There is a give / take here. For those who say “We are ND we do it the right way”, well that is fine, but realize that “doing it the right way” has consequences, such as the ND / Bama game result and no titles since the eighties. Realize what we are up against. Recruiting is a dirty dirty game and while I do applaud ND for letting Kelly get some “borderline” kids into the school, the cards are still stacked against us. Realize the money that changed hands on NSD, the jobs offered to kids’ parents, the rent being paid, the degrees promised without ever having to attend a class…. These things are happening at other schools and are appealing to a lot of kids with a lot of talent and not much intelligent support around them at home. Combine that with the fact that ND is currently the North Pole of the midwest right now and the perceived or real allegations of there not being much to do in South Bend socially and the lack of wild cute girls, and what do you get ? Not a dominant, deep, and relentlessly talented recruiting class consistently. If you think the girls and weather doesn’t matter don’t kid yourself. It does. The majority of the elite talent we do get is normally because the kid has a decent family who can appreciate ND as a 40 yr decision not a 4 yr one. Which is fine, but when our kids are writing papers, studying and doing community service while our opponent’s players are sleeping in, working out, practicing and studying their playbook all week with no school worries, I no longer ask myself why we seem sluggish out of the gate 10 games out of the year.

    So we have 2 choices. Lower expectations given the changed landscape. Or hope ND becomes more like the other schools when it comes to football but do so with an understanding that some of your core values must be chipped away to go this route. It is one or the other. It can’t be both. We can’t be that naive. Pick a lane friends. Soon enough we will be approaching 30 years removed from a title. How much more time has to pass before we as ND fans give up the dream of ” We can win a title and contend consistently while doing it the right way? “…88 was a longgggg time ago my friends and results do not lie.

    GO IRISH

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  • duranko commented on February 6th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Bj do you really admire people who beat their wives? Orgeron joins your other favorite candidate, oft recommended by you, Mike Haywood, as a wife beater.

    Notre Dame has some standards here. Ask Jimmy Black, McLeod’s former assistant hoops coach.

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  • Jack commented on February 6th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    First of all lets get off of the coordinators, it’s getting old. BK has his staff like it or not. If the staff doesn’t perform they will be gone and BK with them in 2 years. This class did one thing that CW couldn’t address, DL and OL. As far as the difference between 1-10 in recruiting, it’s not that much. I can name you some five star talent that did not become the greatest player of their generation. The first one being Sam Young, he was suppose to be that bookend first round draft pick. He has bounced around the league and was an above average Olineman at ND. I can list a long group of three and four star talent that produce and are good college football players. We will see in the next four years if 8-4 is the norm or 10-2. If the beginning is the case bj you will get your wish and a new coach.

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  • duranko commented on February 6th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    just a tiny asterisk here, Jack. regarding the offensive line:
    this haul augments the fivepack that was recruited in 2013, and with
    Hoge and Tillery already committed to early entry in 2015, we may have a pleasing trend underway. the depth and eligibility here are nicely balanced.

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  • bj commented on February 6th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    in the end its the nd magic that says on any given day you cant beat them all, now lets do it

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