IE Quick Take: Mike Heuerman

Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier High product has now officially given his verbal pledge to Notre Damee coach Brian Kelly to be part of the Irish 2013 recruiting class.'s Dave Berk offers his first take on the future Notre Dame tight end.

The news fans of Notre Dame football have been waiting to hear happened Thursday afternoon as Mike Heuerman committed to the Irish. In doing so, Heuerman will have a chance to give coach Brian Kelly another athletic tight end to work with in the years to come.

A four-star (No. 9 overall TE) prospect out of Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier High, Heuerman made the decision to blaze his own path and not follow his older brother to Ohio State.

Here is our quick look at the newest member of the Irish recruiting class.


The first thing that sticks out when watching film of Heuerman is his ability to get off the line of scrimmage as a run blocker. He's a natural bender and is able to get his pad level low and have a flat back.

While he need to continue working on some finer techniques, Heuerman is capable of handling defensive ends by himself or work with the tackle for a double team.

If you only considered his blocking skills you would be looking at a top flight tight end. However, Heuerman releases quickly off the line and can be a main contributor in the passing game, capable of running short, medium and deep routes.


The Irish are not going to be able to rest on this early verbal as Heuerman is one of the best dual tight ends in the country. While we feel he did his due diligence prior to making his pledge, the fact is college football coaches are hired to battle until pen is put to paper.


If Irish fans love Tyler Eifert they are going to also love the abilities shown by Heuerman. Having followed Eifert as he was coming out of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger High and now Heuerman, I can say Heuerman brings more to the table early as he's a more polished blocker. Both players showed at the high school level to be solid pass catchers and as we've learned in Kelly's offense, they will get plenty of chances to catch the football. Top Stories