Irish Flag Flying

Over this past fourth of July day weekend, Tyler Eifert's father Greg made the near one-hour drive from a lake house near Angola, Ind., to the Notre Dame bookstore to purchase an Irish flag for the yard.

"They were saying they never pressured me, but he did that before I committed," Tyler Eifert laughed. "But Notre Dame was the way I was leaning all along."

Now it's official.

Late Tuesday morning, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Eifert verbally committed to Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, choosing the Irish over Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Purdue, where his father played college basketball.

Eifert, who hails from Fort Wayne, Ind., becomes the second recruit in as many days and 11th player overall to join Notre Dame's class of 2009 recruiting class. Marlon Pollard committed on Monday morning.

Eifert could end up playing tight end, wide receiver or defensive back. He doesn't care, as long as it's in an Irish uniform.

"Just the school itself," Eifert stated. "The football tradition. Even though they didn't have a good year last year, they're definitely on the rise, and I think it's a place I want to be."

When Weis offered Eifert a scholarship on July 3rd, he nearly committed on the spot.

"I wanted to, but I also knew I didn't want to make any mistakes," Eifert explained. "I just wanted to talk it over and make sure I made the right decision.

"I talked to my Dad and Mom and stuff, and I got a lot of advice from other family members and friends, and just everybody helped me make the right decision."

Eifert spoke with receivers coach Rob Ianello today, telling him he wanted to commit. He then caught up with Weis.

"He was excited," Eifert said of Weis. "He said it was great to have me on board now. They're glad to have me, and now they're going to move on and try and get the 12th commit."

A prep teammate at Bishop Dwenger High 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.


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