Mike Heuerman (Tight End, 6'4" 220 pounds) The four-star Naples, Fla., product told Irisheyes.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn that Notre Dame's use of the tight end played a key role in his decision to move north:
"It really was (big)," he said. "When it came down to it, I had a few schools in mind, and they use the tight ends well. But I can honestly tell you that no school uses the tight ends like Notre Dame does, and Notre Dame will continue to do so."
Said Heuerman of his pledge to Brian Kelly in April: "There were a lot of pros to Notre Dame that I respected and came across," he said. "I honestly can tell you when I went there the second time, I knew I was going to be there. I knew it. I kind of told the coaches, and they knew it was coming and it was just a matter of time. It couldn't have gone any better for me, and I could not imagine myself at any other school.
"I'm just so blessed to be where I'm at, and I couldn't imagine committing anywhere else and having to call them and know that my heart is truly at Notre Dame. That's why I know that's the place for me."
Heuerman is on campus and will compete this spring as an Early Enrollee.
Veterans returning at Tight End: Redshirt-junior Alex Welch, juniors Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack
Fellow incoming Tight End prospects: Four-star freshman Durham Smythe
Berk on Heuerman: Brings the ability to stretch the field from the tight end position much like Tyler Eifert has the past few years. Has the potential to be a major playmaker as he gets bigger, stronger and faster.
Dohn on Heuerman: He wasn't used much in the passing game, but Heuerman is a tightend who can get down the seams and make plays. He can also be lined up in theslot to create mismatches. He is working on his blocking and is tenacious, but he needs to improve his pad level and be more consistent.
O'Malley's Initial Slotting
Both fast and quick for the position, its Heuerman's aggressiveness going after the ball in the air, running after the catch, and as an in-line blocker that shows best on film and appears undervalued at the national level.
Heuerman appears well-equipped to be a move tight end, lining up in the slot, to the boundary, in motion, and occasionally in a traditional in-line set. He's a prototype modern tight end -- a hybrid wide receiver meant to be employed in a spread offense.
Look for Heuerman to make a major push for freshman season playing time, but if the trio in front of him remains healthy, for the promising downfield target to follow in the footsteps of past Irish greats Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, and Tyler Eifert and preserve a season of eligibility on the scout team.
Should the Irish need an additional chain mover, Heuerman could forge his way onto the field.
Links of Note: Click the links below for more highlight reels and comprehensive recruitment information for Mike Heuerman:
Heureman's Initial Commitment
Scout's Take: Irish TE Mike Heuerman
Heuerman's most recent interview
All Stories on Heuerman