Incoming Irish: John Montelus

Offensive guard John Montelus of Everett (Mass.) High explains the next steps in his shoulder rehab since suffering an injury in January and when he hopes to be back to 100 percent.

Offensive lineman John Montelus of Everett (Ma.) High will have to make the transition from high school to college in a much shorter time than the other guys in his class.

"It is bittersweet graduating from high school," Montelus said. "It's going to be a little weird. I don't graduate until June 12, so I will have only three days after graduation before I enroll at Notre Dame, so not much of a summer."

Montelus suffered a shoulder injury that arose during the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Montelus is hoping that injury won't slow him down in the fall.

"I want to be 100 percent for camp in August," Montelus said. "I am starting to lift heavy weight soon, but I don't want to make the injury worse by going too hard too soon. It's just hard to sit around, you know? I'll see the doctors at home a couple more times before I leave for Notre Dame, and then I'll meet with the doctors when I get to Notre Dame to see what's best for me."

Whether it's surgery or an increased rest period, the projected interior lineman doesn't plan on letting his injury affect how he'll return to the field.

"I'll be fine," Montelus said. "I am confident in my abilities as a lineman. I am happy with my size right now, 6'5", 325. I played left tackle in high school, so I can run block well. When I first started playing football, my coach focused us on pass blocking for the first two years, but our senior year, we had a new quarterback so we ran the ball more. We had four different quarterbacks my senior year, so I really improved my run blocking."

Montelus said Michigan head coach Brady Hoke's comments calling Notre Dame "chickens" for ending the series beyond this year struck a nerve with him.

"I can't wait for the Michigan game," Montelus said. "I get goosebumps just thinking about it, especially after Coach Hoke made those comments. I didn't like what he had to say."

Montelus was ranked as a four-star prospect and as the No. 2 offensive guard in the final rankings for 2013. Top Stories