In the 21st of its series, Notre Dame tight end commit Tyler Luatua is broken down with a recruitment recap and player analysis. Luatua chose the Irish over Alabama in December.
Tyler Luatua (6'3.5", 240, Tight End)
La Mirada (Ca.) High
No. 18 ranked tight end, Three-star
Luatua exploded onto the recruiting scene his sophomore year, and had offers from Alabama, California, Colorado, Nebraska and UCLA by the spring of his sophomore year. Entering the fall of his junior year, the likes of Notre Dame
, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, UCLA, USC and Washington State had also extended offers. At this point, Luatua's leaders were Alabama and USC.
Luatua first named Notre Dame among his leaders in the spring of his junior year, along with Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and USC. He set officials to Alabama and Notre Dame back in the spring for his senior year, and from that point forward, it was an Irish-Tide battle, with Notre Dame holding the quiet lead.
Luatua took his official visit to Notre Dame in October for the USC game, and then he took his official to Alabama in November. From then on, it was only a matter of time until Luatua made his pledge official to the Irish. Even though he went public with his commitment on Dec. 16 (his birthday), he gave his commitment to Mike Denbrock during an in-home visit the first week of the contact period in December.
Luatua stirred the pot in early January when he said he would be open to hearing from USC, should the Trojans be interested. He firmed his commitment to Notre Dame shortly after when that interest didn't occur.
"I'm very excited about my decision. They recruited me harder than anyone all year and I felt very comfortable with the school and the coaches. I have a good relationship with Coach Denbrock, my lead recruiter and I like Coach Kelly a lot as well." – Luatua
Links of Note:
Mokwuah's Initial Commitment
Luatua's profile, highlights, and all stories
Look for an in-depth film breakdown of Luatua in a follow-up story.
Luatua is commit No. 21 broken down in the "All Irish" series. Click below to view the first 20 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
OT Alex Bars
OT Quenton Nelson
LB Jonathan Bonner
DE Grant Blankenship
CB Nick Watkins
P/K Tyler Newsome
S/LB Drue Tranquill
MLB Nyles Morgan
MLB Nile Sykes
WR Corey Holmes
DT Pete Mokwuah
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