UA Game: Tyler Luatua
On Monday afternoon, Notre Dame tight end commit Tyler Luatua of La Mirada (Calif.) High addressed reports that he was entertaining thoughts of switching his commitment to Alabama or USC. "I haven't spoken with anyone, like (USC and Alabama)," Luatua said. "If they want to talk with me, then I'll talk with them. I'm committed to Notre Dame though and don't expect that to change." Luatua competed much harder on Monday than on day one of Under Armour practice, and he acknowledged the competition in Orlando is stiff. "I thought I did a lot better at blocking and pass catching today," Luatua said. "It was nice going up against the defensive line and then the defensive backs on 7-on-7. Yesterday, I had trouble blocking some of the guys, but today was better. These guys are really big and physical out here. It makes me want to work harder when I go up against them. I've got to get bigger, faster and stronger for the next level." Luatua is close friends with Notre Dame safety target Juju Smith of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, who is also competing on Team Highlight this week. "He's one of my best friends, so I hope he goes to Notre Dame," Luatua said. "I know Oregon is in it, too. I don't know if he wants to stay close to home, but he likes USC a lot." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end said Notre Dame's coaching staff made the difference in the end. "It was all about the coaching staff," Luatua said. "I really like Coach Denbrock and Coach Kelly. I trust his (Denbrock) word on playing time. I love the guys already on the team, too."
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