Alex Bars is following his dad’s path to Notre Dame.
The Montgomery Bell Academy offensive tackle committed to the Fighting Irish on Friday.
His father, Joe, played linebacker for Notre Dame from 1981-83.
“Oh man, my blood is pumping right now,” Alex Bars said. “I’m really excited. It’s great to finally be committed to my dream school.
“A couple weeks ago, I realized that’s where I wanted to go, that’s the school for me. But my parents made me wait a couple weeks to get my head straight and then they let me decide (Friday).”
Bars (6-6, 300) has more than 20 offers, including Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgia and LSU.
Rivals.com ranked him as the nation’s No. 6 offensive lineman in the signing class of 2014 and 55th overall prospect.
His older brothers play in the Big Ten: defensive end Brad Bars at Penn State and offensive guard Blake Bars at Michigan.
Notre Dame lost to Alabama in the national championship last season.
“The great season shows me just how much their coaching staff fits in and has done a great job there,” he said. “My dad didn’t put that much pressure on me. He let me choose a school for myself. I think he’s pretty happy with my decision.”
Bars said his older brothers had mixed feelings about his decision. He had offers from Penn State and Michigan.
“They’re disappointed I didn’t go to their schools, but they’re happy for me and dad,” Bars said. “The academics, 100 percent graduation rate with the top football program along with a coaching staff that really cares about you and their players and, of course, the tradition were the biggest factors for me.”
Bars is glad to make his decision before his senior season with the Big Red.
“I don’t have to worry about it,” Bars said. “I’m getting a bunch of texts from all my buddies. They told me they’re proud of me, and looking forward to seeing me in the uniform.”