The four-star tight end was given a clear vision of his potential
future with the Notre Dame careers of Tyler Eifert and NFL tight ends
Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson as examples.
"I like the way (Eifert) plays the game and the way Notre Dame uses
him in the offensive scheme," Heuerman said. "There's no other
offense in the country that you could say uses the tight ends and
idolizes the tight ends better than Notre Dame does."
Heuerman said he could talk for hours about what ended up separating
Notre Dame from the other schools, but his second trip to South Bend
on April 16-19 was crucial in his decision.
Heuerman, from Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla., had formed
a close relationship with former Notre Dame defensive end Aaron
Lynch, but knew after Lynch decided to transfer back to the state of
Florida he needed to revisit Notre Dame to make other connections to
The visit helped solidify Heuerman's feelings about Notre Dame. He
spent a lot time getting to know Eifert, tight end Troy Niklas and
quarterback Gunner Kiel. He even played nine holes of golf with
"It was good to be around them and get to know some of the players and