All Irish: Alex Bars

In the 9th of its series, Notre Dame offensive tackle commit Alex Bars of Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy is broken down with a recruitment recap and more. Bars chose the Irish over the likes of Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

Alex Bars (Offensive Tackle, 6'6", 309)

Location: Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell

Rank: No. 14 offensive tackle, Four-star

Quick Hit:

A Notre Dame legacy, Alex Bars also has connections at Penn State and Michigan, where his two older brothers signed to play football. His father, Joe Bars, played linebacker at Notre Dame.

Bars' recruitment really began to heat up in the spring of his junior year, and he took visits to Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Ohio State. Bars knew he wanted to commit before the start of his senior year, and he had plans to pull the trigger that summer prior. However, Bars knew Notre Dame was the school for him and he committed to the Irish in May. Michigan was the biggest threat for Bars down the stretch of his self-imposed commitment timeline. Even though he was a legacy, Notre Dame's combination of football and academics is what sealed the deal for Bars.

Bars became Notre Dame's fourth and final offensive line commit, joining an impressive class that already included Jimmy Byrne, Sam Mustipher and Quenton Nelson.

Bars took his official visit to Notre Dame for the Irish's win over USC in October. He participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, and he was recruited to the Irish by Harry Hiestand. Bars started the rankings outside the top 25 and finished inside the top 15.

Notable Quotable:

"I thought about it really hard the past month. A week ago I realized that's my dream school, that's where I want to go." – Bars

Links of Note:

Bars' Initial Commitment Analysis

Video Interview

Bars' profile, highlight clips & all stories

Note: Look for an in-depth film breakdown and analysis of how Bars will fit into Notre Dame's defense in a follow-up story.

Bars is commit No. 9 broken down in the "All Irish" series. Click below to view the first six in the series:

WR Justin Brent

DE Andrew Trumbetti

LB Greer Martini

DT Jay Hayes

OG Jimmy Byrne

QB DeShone Kizer

OG Sam Mustipher

TE Nic Weishar

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