Scouts: TE tradition to continue at ND

Notre Dame has had some pretty good tight ends come through their program in recent years and the Fighting Irish have done a good job of consistently signing promising prospects at the position, but after not signing one in their 2012 class they bounced back and just landed a pretty good one for their 2013 class.

Notre Dame secured a commitment from top five tight end prospect Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) out of Florida. The younger brother of Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman, Mike reminds us an awful lot of his older brother coming out of high school, but arguably the younger Heuerman is slightly better.

With Mike, the Irish are getting a prospect with the tools to develop into a very good and well-rounded tight end. He has the tools to be a productive receiver as he possesses good hands, high-points the ball well and uses his size and some savvy to help him get open and make plays. He also is a good blocker with a junkyard dog style to him. He needs to keep filling out, but has good overall size and displays good playing strength, and while he needs to keep improving technique he gets after it as a blocker.

Heuerman may not offer some of the same receiving prowess as some past Notre Dame tight ends, but he can contribute in the passing game and should develop into a very good blocker who helps aid their run game. Very nice pick-up for Notre Dame and Heuerman is now the second “Y” tight end in Notre Dame’s 2013 class.