Irish offer in-state linebacker

Notre Dame offered three-star outside linebacker Pete Werner of Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral.

Notre Dame offered a third prospect in Indiana in the Class of 2017 on Tuesday afternoon.

Three-star outside linebacker Pete Werner of Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral joins four-star quarterback Hunter Johnson and four-star safety R.J. Potts as in-state products with Notre Dame offers.

“This is a big step,” Werner said. “It’s a really big offer. Brian Kelly has a lot going on right now with that program. It’s obviously a great school. I’m looking forward to finding out more about them.”

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker was informed by Kelly over the phone of his Notre Dame offer.

“After school, my head coach told me to call coach (Mike) Elston, and he kind of gave me the idea I was being offered,” Werner said. “Then he handed the phone to coach Kelly, who offered me.

“Coach Kelly said he wants players that want to win, and he can tell that about me. He said he loves my film, too.”

Werner is approaching 20 offers, and he’s turned the corner of exploding onto the recruiting scene as a national prospect.

Werner has taken trips in the past month to Duke and Illinois and has upcoming trips to Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Notre Dame on his radar.

“I know I’ll get up to Notre Dame sooner or later,” Werner said. “I’m just trying to figure out all of my Junior Day trips.”

The next Junior Day in South Bend is set for March 19.

Werner would ideally like to commit before his senior season.

“I’m trying to commit before my senior season in case of injury and things like that,” Werner said. “I know I’ve got some schools that haven’t offered yet, so I may go into my senior year to decide.”

Of Werner’s current offers, Duke, Northwestern and Wisconsin are likely to prove as Notre Dame’s stiffest competition. But if Stanford comes calling, the Cardinal would emerge as the biggest threat.

“If I get a Stanford offer, I’ll commit the next day,” Werner said. “They want to evaluate me is what they said. I might have to travel out there and camp, and then based on that performance go from there.”

Werner’s older brother, Dan Werner, is a freshman tight end at Harvard.

In recent years, Cathedral produced Irish safety John Turner.

The Irish are also in the process of evaluating a couple Cathedral sophomores in running back Markese Stepp and offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor.


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