Luatua has high interest in the Irish

The nation's No. 1 ranked tight end, Tyler Luatua of La Mirada (Calif.), tentatively knows the five schools that will receive official visits in the fall. Below is an in-depth look at how the Irish are recruiting Luatua and why he has interest in the Irish.

The No. 1 ranked tight end in 2014, Tyler Luatua of La Mirada (Calif.), is contemplating which schools will receive official visits this fall. His head coach, Mike Moschetti, spoke with IrishEyes about the latest in Luatua's recruitment.

"We actually talked very recently about recruiting," Moschetti said. "Tentatively, he's planning on taking official visits to Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State, and USC. That's what he's thinking right now, but things could change."

Moschetti says Luatua has authentic interest in the Irish.

"Notre Dame is definitely high on his list," Moschetti said. "He has nothing but respect for that program. Last week, Tyler talked to the entire Notre Dame offensive coaching staff. It was like a conference call. He really liked that. When you think of the top five or ten programs in college football history, you think of Notre Dame. He likes what Notre Dame has done in the past with their tight ends. It's Notre Dame, what else can you say. Your eyes light up when you hear Notre Dame. They're doing a really good job of recruiting him."

Even though Luatua shies away from the spotlight, Moschetti says the star tight end is extremely grateful for the opportunities that await him.

"He's really keeping an open mind right now in the process," Moschetti said. "Tyler is a humble kid, and he sees all this attention he's getting as a blessing. I've coached him for three years, and he's still pretty quiet around me."

The Irish are targeting a variety of top players in the West this recruiting cycle, and the Notre Dame brand reaches to the Pacific.

"It's not just about the Pac 12 in the West," Moschetti said. "A lot of people like Notre Dame out here. In fact, his principal is a huge Notre Dame fan."

According to his coach, Luatua is going to be a coveted man not just in the recruiting process, but beyond.

"Whoever gets him, there's going to be a war between the offensive and defensive staff," Moschetti said. "He could be a really good outside linebacker or possibly a defensive end. What separates him from the other tight ends, in my opinion, is how both athletic and physical he is. He can run by people, and people can run behind him. We use him as a wide receiver and spread it out, and we also use him with his hands down in a two tight end package."

Notre Dame has offered five tight end types so far in the 2014 class.

"One of the questions we had for the Notre Dame coaching staff was if another tight end were to commit first, would Notre Dame stop recruiting him," Moschetti said. "They said absolutely not. They are going to recruit him regardless, even though they're planning on taking one tight end in this class."

A decision won't come soon for Luatua.

"After talking with him and his family recently, he definitely wants to take all five official visits before he makes a decision," Moschetti said.

Luatua visited USC and UCLA this spring. He also plans to visit Alabama unofficially this spring, potentially for the Tide's spring game. His older brother, Isaac, plays on the offensive line at Alabama.

La Mirada currently has five players in the 2014 class with Division I offers. Notre Dame has also offered La Mirada wide receiver Dallis Todd

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