Notre Dame’s run of success at the tight end position in the Brian Kelly era has featured consistency, experience and depth. But in 2015, Notre Dame will be without a surefire answer at the position when spring practice kicks off next week.
Obviously fans and coaches alike have reason to be excited about incoming five-star freshman Alize’ Jones. Also brimming with potential is redshirt freshman Nic Weishar, who has been compared to former Irish tight end Tyler Eiftert.
Notre Dame’s most experienced player at the position is redshirt sophomore Durham Smythe, who has one season with very limited playing time as Ben Koyack’s backup under his belt. Wrapping up the depth at the position includes redshirt sophomore Mike Heuerman and sophomore Tyler Luatua.
Turning the page to 2016, as it stands now, Notre Dame will look to ink 17-19 players. Notre Dame would like to sign one tight end in this class.
Notre Dame offered Asiasi in early March, and the four-star is primarily considering Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington. Notre Dame will work to get him on campus this summer.
Notre Dame offered Angeline in mid-Febrary when he was a on a visit to campus. Angeline has not publicly named favorites, but Penn State and Notre Dame should be contenders until the end. Other recent offers for Angeline include Nebraska, USC, Auburn and UCLA. Angeline plans to take official visits before making a decision.
A South Carolina commit, it will be a tough pull to get this Georgia native out of the South. He’s also considering Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee.