Notre Dame picked up another member of the #GoldenArmy14 on Monday when Tyler Luatua committed to the Irish over the Crimson Tide after months of having Notre Dame and Alabama in his top two. Luatua confirmed his commitment over Twitter.
— T.L. (@Luatua9) December 16, 2013
Luatua is a consensus 4-star recruit and considered one of the nation’s elite tight ends. ESPN in fact ranks Luatua as their #1 tight end in the entire country and has him ranked in their top 100 overall at number 76. Rivals doesn’t have Luatua ranked in their top 100, but does rate him as a 4-star recruit. Bottom line, Luatua is pretty darn good.
Over the last few months Luatua has had Notre Dame and Alabama atop his list. During that time it was speculated that Luatua could commit to Notre Dame several different times leading some to speculate that he was cooling on the Irish. Luatua had dropped several hints along the way, however, that the Irish were still his top school including one over the weekend to Class of 15 commitment Blake Barnett.
— T.L. (@Luatua9) December 15, 2013
In the end, Luatua ended up selecting Notre Dame over Alabama even though his brother is a guard for the Crimson Tide. Before narrowing his choices to Notre Dame and Alabama, Luatua picked up scholarships offers from Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, and a host of other schools.
Notre Dame’s recent string of success with tight ends played a role in Luatua’s decision. The last four starting tight ends for Notre Dame have all gone on to have very successful collegiate and professional careers. Tyler Eifert, Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson, and Anthony Fasano all had great careers for the Irish and were then draft in either the second or first round of the NFL Draft.
Notre Dame now has two tight ends in this year’s class with Luatua joining Nic Weishar who committed to Notre Dame back in April. Notre Dame has utilized multiple tight ends often over the last few years and took two tight ends last year as well – Durham Smythe and Mike Heuerman. With Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack both being out of eligibility following the 2014 season and Alex Welch deciding to transfer for his 5th year, bringing in two tight ends again this year makes a lot of sense.
Notre Dame fans will be able to get a glimpse of Luatua next month when he competes in the Under Armor All-American game on January 2 (4:00 ET on ESPN). Luatua will join future teammates Corey Holmes, Alex Bars, Nick Watkins, Andrew Trumbetti, and Sam Mustipher. Isaiah McKenzie will be playing in the All-American game as well and could have his test score situation resolved by then as well.
The #GoldenArmy14 continues to grow after the weekend commitments of Kolin Hill and Nile Sykes and now Luatua giving the Irish 21 members with just a few spots remaining as the Irish push up against both the 25 limit for a single class and the 85 overall scholarship limit.
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