Pete Werner chooses Notre Dame

The Irish landed their third linebacker in barely 24 hours when four-star athlete Pete Werner of Indianapolis went Irish on Monday night.

Notre Dame landed its third linebacker in barely 24 hours and fifth commitment since last weekend’s Junior Day when four-star in-state linebacker Pete Werner chose the Irish on Monday night.

Werner announced his commitment on Twitter.

“After a long and exciting process, I have decided to verbally commit to the University of Notre Dame!” Werner posted. “I want to thank all the coaches who have extended offers to me, but my heart is leading me to South Bend. I am extremely honored to become a part of the Irish family!”

The Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral product chose Notre Dame over offers from Duke, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker picked up a Notre Dame offer last month and took his first visit to campus on Saturday for Junior Day, one day removed from a visit to Michigan.

“It was great talking with (Mike) Elston and the defensive coordinator,” Werner told Irish Illustrated on Sunday. “They have a lot of interest in me and talked about how much they want me.”

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

In recent years, Cathedral produced Irish safety John Turner.

Werner is Indiana’s second-ranked prospect. He ranks as Scout’s 259th overall prospect in 2017 and 20th outside linebacker. Top Stories