2018 defensive tackle out of Texas, Hunter Spears, has committed to Notre Dame. Spears was just on campus for Junior Day and was also on campus for the USC game during last season. His relationship with former Notre Dame DC was good and a lot of people thought that could be a factor when Elko jumped at the sight of money and left, but clearly it wasn’t. More importantly, Spears fell in love with the atmosphere, the eduction, Notre Dame itself, and the bond with his future teammates. The relationship he’s built with current DL commit Jacob Lacey and possible future Notre Dame commits was another huge reason he decided to make his decision now instead of his previous commitment date he set in September.
Notre Dame is where he wants to be and he didn’t want to wait. At the moment, Spears holds 14 offers from Alabama, TCU, Texas A&M and more.
GOD, COUNTRY, NOTRE DAME
The work starts now, Go Irish 🍀 pic.twitter.com/NgvMuiUj93
— Hunter Spears (@Thehunterspears) February 20, 2018
Whats does Spears bring?
The 6’4 285 pound defensive tackle is extremely physical and that’s exactly what you want along the defensive line. His hands are strong and very impressive when he gets them on his opponent. He pushes you back and there isn’t much you can do about it. Last season he did tear his ACL but has had a full recovery and has kept up his quickest along the line. For as big and physical as Hunter is, he’s surpisingly very quick with his feet. His sophomore season he had 55 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 4 sacks.
This D-line class could be the best ever for Notre Dame and Spears only adds to that, along with current DL commit Jacob Lacey. Mike Elston and the rest of the staff have done an incredible job getting these kids on campus and growing their relationships. The Irish aren’t done here along the line and fans should be very excited. Make sure to follow @irishdaily10 for more updates.
Recruiting Service (Rankings):
• 247(Composite) — 4 star (.9307), No.181 overall, No.12 DT, No.24 player in Texas
• 247Sports — 4 star (92 rating), No.129 overall, No.9 DT, No.15 player in Texas
• Rivals — 4 star (5.8 rating), No.17 DT, No.31 player in Texas
• ESPN — 4 star (82 rating), 170 overall, No.19 DT, No. 27 player in Texas
*rankings are subject to change*
• Highlights for DT Hunter Spears:
— Hunter Spears (@Thehunterspears) September 7, 2017
(Title photo courtesy of 247sports)