Mustipher calls Notre Dame "perfect fit"

Sam Mustipher of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel discusses his commitment to Notre Dame and explains why the Irish are the "perfect fit," how his commitment unfolded, and what specific recruits he's targeting to join him in South Bend.

Offensive guard Sam Mustipher of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel committed to Notre Dame on Monday after talking it over with his family and his coaches.

"I sat down with my family and coaches over the weekend and decided that Notre Dame was the best place for me," Mustipher said. "I called [head coach] (Brian) Kelly on Saturday and set everything up, and then today after school, I called [tight ends coach] (Scott) Booker and [offensive line coach] (Harry) Hiestand and committed. They were really pumped. I wanted to end the recruiting process as soon as possible and get started on preparations for putting together a national championship team."

Mustipher said after considering all of his options, the Irish provided the "perfect fit."

"Notre Dame was the perfect fit for me and my family," Mustipher said. "It's perfect for my academic career and football career. My family loved it there. Notre Dame already had one offensive line spot filled with Jimmy Byrne, so now we can get the ball rolling on some other recruits to build a national championship team."

"I visited Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, and Maryland, and those were all great schools, but Notre Dame is the place for me," Mustipher said.

Mustipher says he has a few specific guys in mind he wants to target to join him in South Bend.

"I'm going to reach out to Alex Bars and Quenton Nelson and see what I can do to build this offensive line," Mustipher said. "I want to collaborate with (Notre Dame commit) Jay Hayes and get in touch with Jimmy and see if we can get some more Golden Domers, including running backs and wide receivers. I want our class to be cohesive before we get there."

"My family was very proud, as any family would be if their son committed to a school like Notre Dame," Mustipher said. "My little brother is pumped too. He loved it there."

Mustipher is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard in 2014.

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