Coach Brian Kelly received his 6th verbal commitment for the 2014 class today from OG Sam Mustipher (Olney, MD – Our Lady of Good Councel). He is listed at 6’4" and 285 lbs.
Mustipher committed to Notre Dame after multiple visits to South Bend, his most recent trip being earlier this month. He has been invited to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in January and his father played at West Virginia. He holds over two dozen offers from schools that include Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Recruiting Service Rankings:
ESPN – ESPN Watch List
Rivals – 4 star (#2 OG), #122 Overall (5.9 Grade)
Scout – 4 star (#2 OG), #61 Overall
247Sports – 4 star (#6 MD, #19 OG), 90 Grade
247Sports Composite Score – 0.9424, #116 Overall (#6 OG, #2 MD)
Sam Mustipher Junior Season Highlight Video (via Sam Mustipher)
Like so many other offensive line commitments, Mustipher will most likely take his first year on campus to hit the weights. He will probably need to put on around 20 lbs to get at a college playing weight north of 300 lbs. In addition bulking up, he can spend his first year learning the system and refining technique under the watchful eye of OL Coach Harry Hiestand.
Mustipher plays left tackle at the high school level, but will likely transition to the interior at the collegiate level. He is being recruited as a guard by programs, but could potentially learn the center position if necessary. He does an excellent job of moving and getting to the second level when called upon. He is a little inconsistent with his pad level (sometimes getting a little too high), so that will be one area of focus for improvement.
Overall, he is an excellent prospect for the Irish and is a great fit for the overall blocking scheme and offensive philosophy. He should have a very productive career for the Irish.
Welcome to Notre Dame Sam!