TE Heuerman Talks Irish, Recruiting

Barron Collier High (Naples, Fla.) tight end Mike Heuerman is yet to set up his unofficial visits, but one school he knows he will visit is Notre Dame.

Mike Heuerman's offer list includes Auburn, Miami, South Carolina and Florida State, but Notre Dame's decision to off early has the Irish sitting in a very good position with the Barron Collier High (Naples, Fla.) tight end.

As the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Heuerman looks at making spring visits with a plan to make a decision by the end of April, he is showing Notre Dame plenty of interest.

"I'm going to do Notre Dame first," Heuerman said. "I want to give them the respect of going up there and seeing them first because they were firs to pull through with me and they gave me the respect with being the first to offer. I will give them the opportunity to have the first shot at me."

Heuerman will actually be on Ohio State's campus next weekend, but only because he is visiting his brother, Jeff, who is a tight end with the Buckeyes. During the trip he said he plans on going to "meet the new coaching staff" but he isn't treating it as a true unofficial visit.

Heuerman also plans on making unofficial visits to South Carolina and Clemson, and is considering trips to Purdue, LSU and Georgia. He already went to the Miami, Florida and Florida State, but he wants to see Notre Dame because of a long-standing relationship with the Irish's Aaron Lynch, and the relationship he is building with assistant coach Tony Alford.

"I talk to (Lynch) about once a week," Heuerman said. "You'll hear a bunch of things from people that you know -- alumni and people that live around here that are big Notre Dame fans – but you want to know what's going on in student life and player life. I know there are good things going on up there.

"I'm real close to coach Alford. I talk to him two or three times a week, and I know it's a nice place to be."

Heuerman is yet to set up any visits, but since spring practice starts for Florida high schools May 1, he wants to make his trips in March and April.

"I'll go up and visit (Notre Dame) probably during spring practice," he said. "I'll make my decision after I visit other schools. And whether I'm committed or not, I'll try to go up to the spring game."

One of the things minimizing the pressure on Heuerman is the experience he received while watching his brother go through the process.

"Probably one of the best things you can get is having the respect of programs like Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami …all of them," Heuerman said. "To have them worry about what you're doing in your life and where you're going to make a decision is definitely a feeling not many people can experience."

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