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Offensive lineman John Montelus commits to Irish

Apr 23, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

John Montelus

It appeared that Notre Dame was done recruiting offensive line prospects, with Hunter Bivin, Steve Elmer, Mike McGlinchey, and Colin McGovern restocking the future depth chart. But the Irish had room for one more along the line, with Everett, Massachusetts’ John Montelus giving his commitment to the Irish coaching staff after seeing campus for the first time this weekend.

Montelus, an imposing 6-foot-5 and 315-pounds, is actually the shortest of the Irish recruiting commitments. He’s also got one of the most impressive offer lists of the group, with the Irish beating out Florida, where Montelus just visited, Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Nebraska and a dozen others for one of the top prospects in the northeast.

“I knew right away this was the place I wanted to play at. Committing is a huge weight off my shoulder,” Montelus told the Boston Herald during the visit. “I liked the academics and I loved the coaching staff. I can see myself playing here.”

That the Irish expanded their wish list along the offensive line shows how highly they think of Montelus. And after receiving the commitment of four guys that look like tackle prospects, fitting Montelus into the interior line discussion makes a lot of sense, especially for a guy that looks really athletic on tape.

After starting out slow along the offensive line, Irish fans were squirming, especially after Michigan began snapping up some of the Midwest’s bigger names. But the Irish have more than rebounded, and their five-man class compares quite favorably to the Wolverine’s at least from the perspective of scholarship offers. (All five Irish commitments had an offer from Michigan. Three of the Wolverines’ commitments have ND offers.)

Montelus’ story off the field seems to be just as good as his work on the gridiron. Raised by a single mom that’s been working her way through nursing school, Montelus had hoop dreams before coaches at his school worked with him to develop as a football player. He’s started at left tackle for Everett High, who have won back-to-back Super Bowl titles. Montelus drove to campus with his offensive line coach to take in the Blue-Gold game. The result is Notre Dame landing one of the best offensive line hauls in the country.

“I don’t know if they could have done any better,” 247Sports.com recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong told the South Bend Tribune. “These are all guys that were high on their board. Offensive line was one of the big things that Notre Dame needed. To land the caliber of guys that they landed — and you can look at all five of their offer lists and see how highly sought after they were — Notre Dame landed five really good ones.”

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  1. barneysbullet - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    It all starts with the Fattys!!

    Totally pumped about this OL class of commits…we’re on the way up for sure!

    Good job Kelly & Co.

  2. barneysbullet - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    …or is it Fatties, my bad ;)

  3. tony34343434 - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    game is won on the offensive and defensive lines, great job BK and staff, GO Irish!

  4. bernhtp - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Very nice OL haul. ND should always have a good OL given that so many OL players fit the Notre Dame RKG profile. Now we turn to our huge need at CB where much of the best talent unfortunately fits the LSU profile – a 4 on the Wonderlic after three years of “college education.”

  5. larrynamesauthor - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Football games are won and lost in the trenches. A strong offensive line makes life easier for QBs and RBs. I see three of these five recruits starting in 2014. Next year, we get a center to go with them and we’ll be ready for Texas in 2015.

  6. pacific123ocean - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I don’t know anything about this kid, but I like the focus on O-line recruiting.

    • oldestguard - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Gunner likes it too.

      • brazilianirish - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        Malik too.

  7. domer77blowsgoats - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    and the recruiting train keeps rolling!!!

    “imposing 6-foot-5 and 315-pounds, is actually the shortest” what the what!!!

    who cares who is QB when we line up these behemoths!!

    oh and TR sucks – sorry that was glaringly absent from this post so figured I would beat nude to the punch

    oh and AH should convert to safety

    Go Irish

    • nudeman - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Goat/UAW/Glenn Beck

      Why are you picking a fight here

      • domer77blowsgoats - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        ahahhhhhaaaa Glenn Beck – now there is another well thought out, intelligent, post worthy retort

        early dementia? “we reserve the right to throw a canister…. BS armistice…. blah blah blah”

        you’ve posted the same damn comment at least 20 times in last two days so figured I would beat you to the punch – or retardation as in the case at hand

      • nudeman - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        GlennGoat/GlennRoss
        yes, you’ve got me beat in the retardation area
        no fight there

        Do you think you could field a serious question?
        (Prob not)
        If so, say “yes” and I’ll ask away

  8. tonyricemajorharris - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Great job BK and staff

  9. 1historian - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    That gives us 5 OLs in this class, 7 over the last two. We should average 4 OL per class. We’re @ 3 1/2 which will do.

    It is a cliche that games are won up front. A cliche is a phrase that is said over and over over a number of years. It gets to be so because it is TRUE.

    I see that USF has announced the transfer of Aaron Lynch. Good luck, kid – we’ll miss you.

  10. idratherbeinsouthbend - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Stole this guy from Charley Molnar?

  11. brazilianirish - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I think this guy – Montelus – could perfectly play at the defensive line. Look at his recruiter in rivals: Bob Diaco. Just saying…

    Love the comment “Kiel likes it too”.

    Malik Zaire as well.

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