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December 2012

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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sive tackle Ross Pierschbacher had been on a roll landing scholarship offers from around the Midwest, and in the earlier stages of his recruitment felt that the in-state Hawkeyes and Wisconsin had emerged as his top two programs. A visit to South Cedar Falls (Iowa) High junior offen- star player said. "The visit was great. The campus, tradition and the fans were awesome. I got to spend time with a couple of guys there, some of the 2013 commits [linebacker Michael Deeb, tight end Mike Heuerman, wide receiver To- rii Hunter Jr., running back Jamel James and wide receiver Corey Robinson were all on official visits for the game against the Wolverines], so that was all cool. "The whole experience was really Bend for the Michi- gan game Sept. 22, when he added an Irish offer to the list, did just enough to have Notre Dame climb into what is now a top three for the country's No. 176 overall prospect. "I definitely liked the visit," the four- great with the players' walk to the sta- dium up until after they got the win." Pierschbacher had the pleasure of learning about the offer after spend- ing the majority of the time with his Iowa Offensive Tackle Lists Notre Dame Among Top Three PREP PROFILES recruiter Bob Elliot, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and recruiting coordi- nator Tony Alford, and following up with the staff on the Sunday after the game. ROSS PIERSCHBACHER ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ player in Iowa, No. 21 offensive tackle in the country and No. 176 overall recruit nationally Class: 2014 Status: Offered Position: Offensive Tackle Ht.: 6-5 · Wt.: 275 247Sports Ranking: No. 2 Cedar Falls High School Cedar Falls, Iowa ing a relationship with Elliot prior to getting to the South Bend campus. "I've been talking He began build- campus visits from Pierschbacher this season include Iowa (Sept. 8 and Oct. 20), Nebraska (Sept. 29), Wisconsin (Nov. 17) and Alabama (Nov. 24). He's taking things in stride and sort- ing through what he'll look for most in a program. "I'm looking to be comfortable with in general. They have a great football program and are a big-time university." Other programs that have received with him on and off, and he's been telling me some good stuff about the program," Piersch- bacher said. "Notre Dame just has re- ally good tradition the coaches and the players," Piersch- bacher said. "I'm also going to be look- ing at the player development — how over the four years you're there how you develop and who has gone to the NFL." — Jason Sapp and Steve Wiltfong

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