Notre Dame ha slightly fewer commitments playing in Saturday’s US Army All-American Bowl than they did in Thursday’s Under Armour Bowl, but unlike the Under Armour Bowl, Notre Dame did add a new commitment during the game. The four Notre Dame commitments who played in the game all started for their respective teams and played well. Here’s a recap of how each fared yesterday afternoon.
Nyles Morgan – The newest member of the #GoldenArmy14 announced his commitment to Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at the start of the 4th quarter of the game and was active on the field beforehand. Morgan racked up 8 tackles as the starting MIKE linebacker for the West squad – a position he projects to play for the Irish in 2014. Morgan mentioned that Notre Dame needs a MIKE for next year during his commitment on the NBC telecast and it’s very possible that Morgan could find himself in the starting lineup at some next year given Notre Dame’s depth and injuries at the position.
Quenton Nelson – Nelson started at left tackle for the East Team yesterday – a testament to the week of practice he had in San Antonio – and played well. The West’s Solomon Thomas got the better of Nelson a couple times but Thomas also won the Anthony Munoz lineman of the year on Friday night so Thomas is going to get the best of a lot of offensive linemen throughout his career. Overall, Nelson had an impressive week in San Antonio similar to the week that Steve Elmer had at the Army Bowl last year. Nelson will come to Notre Dame with the same type of talent and potential as well.
Richard Yeargin – Yeargin started at outside linebacker in the East’s 4-3 scheme which was a bit new for Yeargin as he spent the last year primarily rushing the quarterback, but he showed the athleticism that gain him so many offers during the recruiting process with some good sideline to sideline speed. Yeargin didn’t standout at outside linebacker like Jaylon Smith did last year but not many prospects have stood out like Smith did a year ago at the Army Bowl, but did show that he has the potential to play the same position for the Irish once he picks up the offense.
Nic Weishar – It was tough to really get a gauge of Weishar in the game since the East really struggled to throw the football and Weishar wasn’t really targetted. Weishar did start for the East team though and drew great reviews during the week of practice for his receiving ability. He is very similar to Tyler Eifert as both were exclusively receiving threats on the high school level. The same was the case with Weishar in Saturday’s All-American Bowl. Notre Dame won’t need Weishar to play right away though so he will have plenty of time to learn the position before being called upon.