ND Has Goodman's Teammate On Its Radar

Tyler Eifert was John Goodman's top pass catcher this past fall, putting the Bishop Dwenger tight end on the recruiting map. Maybe one day, the two Fort Wayne, Ind. products could both be hauling in passes on the same collegiate team.

Goodman's father has told the Eifert family on numerous occasions that Notre Dame has Tyler on its radar.

Up until this past season, hardly any college did.

Tyler Eifert caught 30 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns last fall. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Scout.com top-300 prospect also had 40 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back, helping Bishop Dwenger reach the semi-state round of the state playoffs. Eifert was named first-team Indiana junior All-State.

Soon after the season, Eifert and his coach sent highlight tapes out to a plethora of colleges, and the recruiting attention quickly returned. Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Purdue have offered a scholarship. Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ball State are also showing attention.

"They like my athleticism," Eifert said. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. "They all tell me it won't be a problem in putting on the weight to play tight end. They like my frame. They said if you have athleticism, they can really work with you on everything else."

Eifert would like to personally hear more from Notre Dame. He got a letter regarding all of Notre Dame's camps this summer. He camped in South Bend last summer, and attended the Georgia Tech game this past season.

"I know it's an awesome academic school, you can't beat it," Eifert said. "I know all the facilities are state of the art. When I went there for the camp, they showed us everything. It's just a nice place. Awesome."

Eifert and Goodman, who has signed with Notre Dame to play receiver, occasionally talk about the Irish program.

"He talks about, that I could make it there playing tight end he thinks," Eifert said. He and Goodman are good friends and hang out on most weekends. "We talk about being able to play in college together, that'd be something cool, college and high school."

Eifert attended recent junior days at Michigan and Vanderbilt. He went to a football game and basketball game at Purdue. He will make a trip to Wake Forest in April. He also participated at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio back in January, showcasing some of the nation's top juniors.

"I did alright," he stated. "I ran routes with the receivers, not the tight ends. I think I did well, my 40 wasn't the best (4.8), I'm working on that. I ran a decent pro shuttle, a 4.2 shuttle. Vertical was pretty good, 33 inches. I'm working out trying to get all those numbers up."

Eifert can bench press 185 pounds 13 times. He has a 3.7 GPA, and like Goodman, would love to verbally commit somewhere before the start of his senior season.

"But if I don't have the offers from all the schools I want, I'll wait," Eifert explained.

"The academics first, I mean all the schools that are looking at me are good academic schools, which is good," Eifert added about what he is looking for. "Then the football program and the location, the campus is important. Also, I'd like to play. Wherever I go I'll have to compete with someone, but I'd like to play and I want to win too. If I got my choice, I rather be on a winning team than a losing team."

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