Notre Dame was well represented in Thursday afternoon’s Under Armour All-American Bowl with six commitments and one pending commitment competing in the annual all-star game. Here’s a quick recap of everyone’s performance.
- Corey Holmes – Holmes caught two passes for 20 yards and came close to scoring a touchdown int he second half when he was one of two wide receivers to be wide open in the end-zone for Team Nitro. Unfortunately the ball didn’t come Holmes way but that shouldn’t diminish the great week Holmes had in Florida. Holmes was one of the most impressive receivers in individual drills throughout the week.
- Nick Watkins – Watkins didn’t show up in the stat sheet much – he had just one tackle – but that was primarily because he was solid in coverage and the ball was not thrown his way. Watkins didn’t get beat deep by Team Highlight and like Holmes had a very good week of practice.
- Alex Bars – Bars started at left tackle for Team Nitro and more than held his own as the anchor of Ntiro’s offensive line. Bars showed why he is one of the highest rated recruits in this year’s recruiting class by starting at the most crucial offensive line spot in an all-star game.
- Sam Mustipher – Mustipher didn’t start like Bars, but he saw plenty of action for Team Nitro as well.
- Andrew Trumbetti – Trumbetti suffered a slight injury on the opening kick-off and was limited throughout the game, but when he played he showed a great burst off the line and moved very well. Trumbetti won the Lineman Challenge during the week of practice
- Tyler Luatua – One of two tight ends in Notre Dame’s class of 2014 saw action early on for Team Highlight but did not record a catch during the game.
The most impressive recruit with Notre Dame ties was actually Isaiah McKenzie – the speedster wide receiver from Florida. McKenzie committed to Notre Dame in the fall but is still working on getting his academics in order to be admitted by Notre Dame. McKenzie was a dynamic kick and punter returner for Team Nitro taking one kick0ff 75 yards and one punt 25 yards. McKenzie had a chance to take both of those back for touchdowns but just got tripped up. His other two punt returns only netted three yards, but it was clear that he has the potential to be an absolutely electric returnman on the college level. Where McKenzie stands with regards to his academic situation is not exactly clear at this time.
The next all-star game for Notre Dame fans to look out for is the US Army All-American Bowl on Saturday afternoon on NBC. Notre Dame has three committed recruits playing on Saturday – offensive line Quenton Nelson, Nic Weishar, and Richard Yeargin. That total could increase to four if Nyles Morgan commits to Notre Dame during the game as many expect him to.