Four-star OL Montelus Biding His Time

Notre Dame commit John Montelus doesn't begin training camp until next week, but the Everett (Mass.) High four-star offensive lineman has remained busy. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about his upcoming season, how solid his commitment stands and when he may make it back to South Bend, Ind.

While much of the nation is already in the late throes of training camp, Everett (Mass.) High offensive lineman and Notre Dame commit John Montelus is awaiting the start of practice. And he is waiting.

Massachusetts starts later than nearly every state in the nation, so Everett High doesn't hit the practice field until Monday. And the four-star guard Montelus, who added 30 pounds to his 6-foot-5 frame and weighs 325 pounds, is excited to get to a different kind of work.

"I worked on my speed and I lifted more," he said. "I guess I'm going to be more powerful than I was. It's muscle mass. I've been doing a lot of running, conditioning …the good stuff."

Montelus, who is the No. 2-rated guard in the class, figures the area of his game that will improve the most is run blocking.

"This year we're going to do more run blocking, so I've been working on my run block way more than my pass block," he said. "I'm definitely going to improve on that. My focus is to go through the season and win another championship."

Montelus is the best prospect in New England, and prior to his spring commitment to the Irish he was a hot commodity.

However, since then he has lived a peaceful recruiting existence.

"Schools are leaving me along," he said. "It feels great. It feels like everything is compete and it's all said and done.

"I call (Notre Dame offensive line) coach (Harry) Heistand every week. It's more just talking to get to know each other more, and I know coach Heistand really well. We just talk about how the day is going. It's just friendly stuff."

Montelus hasn't been to campus since he committed in late April, but he keeps in touch with a number of the committed prospects, including receiver James Onwualu and offensive lineman Steven Elmer.

He is also hoping to make his official visit soon, and it could be during the Sept. 22 game against Michigan since Everett has a bye on its schedule that week.

"I'll probably be out there during the bye week," he said. "I'm really pumped that I committed, really excited, and I can't wait to get there after the football season. It's a great school, a great coaching staff and I can't wait to watch them on t.v."


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