Eifert Gets To Know Future Teammates

Tyler Eifert attended four of Notre Dame's six home games this past season, but the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger standout never really got a chance to meet many of his future classmates or current players on the Irish football team.

That all changed for Tyler Eifert this weekend.

Eifert, along with six other verbally committed players to Notre Dame, and two more prospects, visited South Bend for the Irish football banquet.

"It was fun," the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Eifert said. "I got to know a lot of players, and hanging out was fun with all of the guys."

Eifert and his parents arrived on Friday afternoon. They quickly met with Irish head coach Charlie Weis, who told Eifert that tight end would be the position he'd be playing his freshman season in a Notre Dame uniform.

When Eifert verbally committed to Weis back in July, the Irish coach didn't know what position Eifert would play. Besides the tight end spot, receiver, linebacker and safety were all potential options.

"It's nice," Eifert stated. "I know what to be doing and how to be preparing so I can come in ready next year.

"With (Mike) Ragone having an injury, and (Will) Yeatman, they're not sure what's going to happen, so they really only have two tight ends and they're both freshmen, so that's definitely a spot I can come in and compete with and help out. Sometimes they have three tight ends on the field, and this year they didn't even have three tight ends."

"I think if I work hard this off-season, and try to get a little bigger, I can come in ready."

The talk with Weis was really the first time Eifert's parents got a chance to meet the Notre Dame coach.

"He just talked about the whole coaching situation," Eifert said. "That he wants to be there. That was good to hear. We just talked about where I was going to play. It was a good meeting."

In helping lead Bishop Dwenger to the state title game this fall, Eifert proved to Weis he could play tight end on the next level. He had 40 catches for 675 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Eifert had 97 tackles and five interceptions. He hardly ever came off the field.

On Friday evening, Eifert attended the Notre Dame football banquet, and sat with all the recruits in attendance.

"It was nice," Eifert stated. "Joe Theismann spoke, and he had a really good talk."

Following the banquet, Eifert caught up with his host, former Bishop Dwenger teammate and current freshman receiver, John Goodman.

"It was good," Eifert said. "I think he enjoyed being a host for someone he knew, and didn't have to worry about entertaining as much. But we had a good time."

Eifert said he spent most of his time with Goodman, Tyler Stockton, Kyle Rudolph, Jake Golic, Mike Golic Jr., and Dayne Crist.

"We went out together at night," Eifert said. "We were together the entire day on Friday and Saturday. We actually got to talk to each other a lot and get to know each other."

Notre Dame tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee visited Eifert last Sunday. Over the weekend, Eifert and Golic sat down with Parmalee to talk about the tight end's role in the offense.

"We talked about the position and what they do with it, and stuff like that."

Weis told Eifert he'd be out to visit him in January.

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