Notre Dame secured a commitment from Cathedral junior linebacker Pete Werner on Monday night.
Werner, a 6-2, 215-pound outside linebacker, was offered a scholarship by the Irish about five weeks ago. Ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the state by 247sports.com, Werner’s recruitment had ramped up considerably in the past several weeks.
At the time of his commitment, Werner had 27 offers. Included were Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin from the Big Ten Conference. Other major programs to offer included Cal, Ole Miss, Pitt, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
“After a long and exciting process, I have decided to verbally commit to the University of Notre Dame!” Werner wrote on his Twitter page Monday night. “I want to thank all coaches who have extended offers to me, but my heart is leading me to South Bend. I am extremely honored to become a part of the Irish family!”
Werner is the son of former DePauw University star Greg Werner. He said the day before Notre Dame offered that Duke, Northwestern and Wisconsin were his top three schools, but was hoping Stanford would offer and “would commit the next day.”
• Tri-West junior tight end Peyton Hendershot committed to Ball State on Monday. The 6-4, 215-pound Hendershot, also a standout basketball player, also had football offers to Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Syracuse and Western Michigan.
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