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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Everett OT Montelus commits to Notre Dame

By Brendan Hall

Everett High offensive tackle John Montelus verbally committed to Notre Dame following its spring game on Saturday.

"Committed to to Notre Dame," Montelus wrote on his Twitter account.

The 6-foot-5, 293-pound 16-year-old chose the Fighting Irish over offers from Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Virginia, UConn, West Virginia, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and UMass.

Montelus, the nation's No. 21 overall offensive tackle prospect, had named Florida his leader after visiting Gainesville on Wednesday. He becomes the fifth offensive line commit and the 11th verbal commit overall for Notre Dame. He is the ninth four-star player to commit to the Irish.

Montelus first burst onto the scene last summer, when he racked up four offers from BCS-level schools before his 16th birthday. He followed up with a monster junior season, racking up ESPN Boston All-State honors as he paved the way to Dartmouth-bound quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso shattering the state's career touchdown pass record. He has started every game at left tackle the last two seasons; over that time, the Crimson Tide have gone 25-0 with two MIAA Eastern Mass Super Bowl titles.

ESPNU's latest evaluation of Montelus reads as follows:



Montelus uses his functional playing strength to dominate as a run and pass blocker. Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. His frame appears capable of supporting additional body mass over time. Playing out of both a two and three point stance we see the flexibility, agility and balance needed to pick up movement and handle change of direction movement in a tight box. Displays dominant upper body playing strength with explosive, strong hands however we see the need to improve his immediate surge and pop when drive blocking defensive linemen; at times this prospect comes off a little too high but is able to gain and sustain an immediate advantage due to his base, persistent leg drive and superior athletic skills. Demonstrates the ability to pull/trap and locate defenders on the move; can play on his feet in space and is an explosive finisher when blocking linebackers. We see the initial quickness needed to gain leverage on offset defenders while consistently getting a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders; does a great job getting out in front screen passes off the edge. This guy is a tough customer who displays the nasty finishing attitude we look for when evaluating offensive linemen. His long arms, quick hands and nimble feet are assets in pass protection; sets quickly, demonstrating the ability to bend, slide and play with excellent balance to the deep set point; doesn't cross his feet and is able to recover and stay out of trouble in space. Puts his long arms to use with good punch and location; flashes the ability to work his hands back inside the frame after initial contact; demonstrates the ability to pick up movement and late stunts. With added bulk and improved playing strength Montelus could be ready to compete for starting time once his collegiate career begins.