IE Quick Take: John Montelus

Notre Dame continues its string of top offensive linemen with the verbal pledge of Everett (MA) High School offensive guard John Montelus. recruiting analyst Dave Berk gives his initial take on the newest member of the Irish class.

Last year Notre Dame found a few verbal pledges during their annual spring game. On Saturday, just following the Irish annual spring event, John Montelus of Everett, Massachusetts added his name to one of the best offensive line classes in the country with his verbal pledge.

Montelus, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive guard looks to be the final offensive lineman to be taken in the 2013 class and should fit in very well with the other pledges already in the class.


The first thing that stands out when looking at Montelus on film is the spring in his step. I always like linemen who have that extra spring and Montelus has it. As a blocker the big-body Montelus has no problem mixing it up in the trenches and shows the ability to reach second level defenders.


As we've learned many times getting a pledge during a spring game visit does not mean a prospect will sign on National Signing Day. On the field Montelus at times plays with a top lean that causes him to reach to engage in blocks and will need to improve his hand pop. However, this is fixable once he gets in better shape and taught more technique.


There was no shortage of suitors looking to earn the pledge of Montelus across the country. With this pledge it looks as if Notre Dame should be finished along the offensive line and can place their efforts in shoring up other areas of need.

Montelus has the ability to move laterally and the physical size to maintain contact and finish blocks onto the second level. He also shows a good kick step in pass pro and the ability to change directions off of a slide move. Top Stories