Two weeks ago Notre Dame had a tremendous recruiting weekend.
The Fighting Irish hosted Junior Day and well over 25 high school juniors attended the event. Right after the event, five recruits gave their verbal commitments.
We will review two of the recruits, Avery Davis and Pete Werner.
Avery Davis is a 6 foot, 180 lb. quarterback from Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas. He is rated a four-star quarterback by scout.com and 247sports.com. Hunter Johnson, a quarterback from the state of Indiana was Notre Dame’s first choice, but a few months ago he committed to the University of Tennessee. He later flipped to Clemson, where he is currently a verbal commit.
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As a sophomore during the 2014 season, Davis was a back-up to Justin McMillan who became a 2015 commit to LSU. Avery didn’t play until the playoffs and he led his team to the Texas 6-A state football championship. He can run well and he passes with excellent accuracy. He is the ultimate dual-threat quarterback. His head football coach is as impressed with his character and leadership qualities as he is about his physical ability.
Davis is also considered a very cerebral quarterback who is a student of the game. He chose Notre Dame over other schools who offered him. They included Colorado, Iowa State, Houston, Oregon State, SMU, Texas Tech, Utah and others. With his combination of running and passing well, we can expect to see Davis develop into the mobile quarterback Brian Kelly always seeks. There, of course, are a lot of quarterbacks ahead of him. But down the road, expect Avery Davis to make an impact for Notre Dame.
Pete Werner is a 6’2”, 215 lb. outside linebacker from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is rated a four-star recruit by 247sport.com. The Fighting Irish just offered Werner a scholarship two months ago, but Werner realized that Notre Dame was for him. Werner is a hard hitter who has speed. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds. His athleticism is through the roof as he not only plays linebacker, but also plays cornerback and safety for Cathedral High.
Werner has the speed Notre Dame loves for a linebacker. Pete runs the 400 meter run as a member of Cathedral’s track team. At Junior Day, he felt very comfortable with the coaches and with the campus. Like Avery Davis, Pete is also a high character guy who will be an asset in the Fighting Irish locker room. Werner had an impressive list of colleges that offered him, that included: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, and others. It is a testament to the Notre Dame coaching staff that they really impressed Pete and his family in a short period of tie. Also, Notre Dame can sell itself with the 4 for 40 mantra.
Notre Dame is fortunate to receive the verbal commitments from Avery Davis and Pete Werner. They represent top level talent in positions of need. More importantly, they represent the type of character that Notre Dame looks for in its athletes. It’s also most certain that Avery and Pete will make an impact on the football field and beyond during their Fighting Irish careers.