Incoming Irish: Alex Bars

Notre Dame offensive tackle signee Alex Bars previews a fast-approaching move to Notre Dame.

Offensive tackle Alex Bars planned to take the phone call for this interview only after the first quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals had concluded.

"Yeah, I just have some buddies over right now, and we're watching the game (Thunder vs. Spurs)," Bars said on Tuesday night. "I'm a huge fan of Kevin Durant."

The Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy standout is soaking up his free time these next three weeks before the next chapter in his life begins, and he packs his bags and heads a few hours north to South Bend on June 15. He plans to major in business at Notre Dame.

"I get up there around June 15, and then classes start the 16th or 17th," Bars said. "So, it's a pretty quick turnaround."

"I'm really excited," Bars said. "I'm definitely glad that I'm not sitting around all summer waiting in anticipation to get up there. I'm also a little nervous too, you know, about moving in and getting settled in and everything."

The 6-foot-6, 308-pound offensive lineman committed to Notre Dame over a year ago, and he has been solid ever since. The Notre Dame legacy chose the Irish over Michigan, where his older brother, Blake, plays offensive tackle. Bars' other brother, Brad, signed with Penn State to play on the defensive line in 2010.

"That's the game (Michigan) I'm looking forward to most this season," Bars said, laughing. "No question about it."

Bars is expected to redshirt in 2014, but he's well aware of the physical demands that will be asked of him once he enters Paul Longo's strength and conditioning program this summer followed by team camp in August.

"I've really enjoyed the packet," Bars said. "It's pretty similar to what we've been doing in high school. I also did the shot and discus this spring. I was decent at it; it was something the offensive linemen at MBA do together."

Currently checking in at 308 pounds, Bars said his ideal weight entering August is 305.

Bars will join three other offensive linemen as true freshmen this year - Sam Mustipher, Jimmy Byrne and Quenton Nelson. Notre Dame's offensive line haul this past signing period ranks as one of the most talented in the country.

"We're all ready to get up there and get things going," Bars said. "We're just ready to get after it."

Bars is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 14 offensive tackle in the class of 2015 by Scout.com.


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