When the Irish offered and received a verbal commitment from tight end Jake Golic, Tyler Eifert thought his opportunity at an offer had gone by the wayside. But the standout prospect from Fort Wayne, Ind., visited for the Notre Dame spring game, where the Irish coaches told him to come back and work out at a one-day came in June.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Eifert did just that, and shined at a Notre Dame camp two weeks ago. Irish head coach Charlie Weis told Eifert he wasn't planning on liking him that much, but he had to wait until he held his final one-day camp for an offer.
Well, Notre Dame held camp all this week, and nobody was better than Eifert. While an offer seemed like it was on the way Wednesday, Eifert and Weis couldn't get hooked up on the phone. Eifert called Irish assistant coach Rob Ianello twice, but they couldn't locate Weis.
"He just told Tyler sorry, but can you call back," Greg Eifert, Tyler's father said. "He said you're going to be very excited when you talk to coach Weis. We want you to have a good fourth of the July."
The third time was the charm, and Weis and Eifert finally got a chance to talk.
"He said, I'd like to offer you a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame," Eifert stated. He also holds offers from Purdue, where his Dad played basketball, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Indiana, Cincinnati, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.
"He said when they had a meeting, some of the position coaches said I could be successful at various positions. Coach Weis said he's not sure where I'll play yet. He said it could be tight end, receiver or safety possibly."
A prep teammate at Bishop Dwenger with 2008 Irish signee John Goodman, Eifert caught 30 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns last season. He also had 40 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back, helping the Saints reach the semi-state round of the state playoffs. Eifert was named first-team Indiana junior All-State.
Eifert has stated numerous times that if Notre Dame offered, they'd be his favorite, and that hasn't changed. However, he didn't commit to Weis on the spot.
"I just want to talk it over with my family and weigh all my possibilities, and make sure it's the right place for me," Eifert explained.
Well Notre Dame, or any other school that offered shouldn't have to wait too long on a decision. Eifert plans on committing somewhere before the school year starts.