In short, Notre Dame just landed its top offensive recruit for the 2012 season.
After a quality seven-game starting stint to conclude the 2010 campaign, the record-setting Eifert emerged as one of Notre Dame's best players in 2011, catching 63 passes for 803 yards and five scores. His 90 career receptions are tied with former teammate Kyle Rudolph for fourth all-time, 38 shy of Ken MacAfee's career mark.
Eifert's return offers head coach Brian Kelly and position coach Mike Denbrock a conveniently staggered depth chart at tight end for 2012. Eifert will be a senior as will the untested Jake Golic, with promising backups Alex Welch a junior and Ben Koyack a sophomore entering the fall. All but Koyack have a redshirt-season they could tack on after graduation, though in Eifert's case, that appears unlikely.