Tag:Steve Elmer
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:55 am
 

Jacob Matuska commits to Notre Dame

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame has started to ramp up recruiting in the class of 2013, not only with a slew of recent offers going out in recent weeks but in picking up a commitment on Wednesday from Columbus (Ohio) athlete Jacob Matuska.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect held offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Michigan, Oklahoma and others. A recent visit to South Bend over the weekend by the defensive end/tight end seamed to seal the deal for the Irish however.

Matuska becomes the second commitment for Notre Dame's class of 2013, joining Midland (Mich.) offensive lineman Steve Elmer. As a junior last season, Matuska caught four touchdowns on offense and racked up 33 tackles on defense.

Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:01 pm
 

2/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alabama is off to a quick start in the class of 2013.

 Mark Richt says they are always recruiting at Georgia. The Bulldogs picked up a Juco cornerback commit.

 An early look at Washington's recruiting in the class of '13.

 Derek Dooley defended his decision to sign troubled cornerback Deion Bonner.

 Stanford, Michigan could be trying to flip offensive tackle Steve Elmer.

 Stefon Diggs says he is ready to play at Maryland.

 Running back Ryan Green picked up an offer from USC.

 Arizona, Arizona State are out to change the perception of their program among in-state recruits.

 Michigan State is set to host several prospects on their next Junior Day.

 Greg Schiano is happy Rutgers was able to keep the 2012 recruiting class intact.

 Texas commit Ricky Seals-Jones is a top athlete in the state.

 It's a big recruiting weekend for Virginia and Mike London.

Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Elmer gives ND recruiting win over Michigan

By Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak

Steve Elmer attended the instant classic between Notre Dame and Michigan two weeks ago on an unofficial visit with the Wolverines, in which Michigan won 35-31 in the game's closing seconds.

One week later, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle from Midland (Mich.) committed to the Fighting Irish.

Elmer made the verbal pledge to Brian Kelly and the Irish over the weekend during a visit to South Bend, Ind. He chose Notre Dame over Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

According to his father, Steve Sr., Elmer made the call when the time was right for him.

"He has been on many campuses many times. We told him to pick one when he felt comfortable and when he knew with certainty, but don't rush it," he told MaxPreps. "He's a smart kid, very analytical by nature. We are confident and pleased with his decision."

According to Elmer, his trip to the Big House solidified his feelings about Notre Dame.

"I went to the Michigan-Notre Dame game last weekend at the Big House (in Ann Arbor)," Elmer told the Midland Daily News. "I'm being recruited by Michigan. I should be jumping around like the other 115,000 people. But I wasn't happy. I was a little bit upset that Notre Dame lost.

"I just knew, walking out to the car after the game, that I was going to go to Notre Dame. ... That was the defining moment. I really like Michigan too, but when I was upset (after that game), I knew that I couldn't go to Michigan because I loved Notre Dame too much."

Elmer's recruiting stock has skyrocketed over the last six months, where he's emerged as a top offensive linemen in the Class of 2013.

It seemed like Elmer's recruitment would be a photo finish between Michigan and Notre Dame, though Elmer did a great job of not tipping his hand. In retrospect, Notre Dame clearly had the inside track.

"I'm not sure how close it really was between Notre Dame and Michigan," Steve Sr. said. "He really liked the football programs at all four schools, but he followed our original plan and chose the best school for him, the one he would choose even if he wasn't playing ball."

Elmer becomes Notre Dame's first recruit for the class of 2013.

Landing him is an impressive recruiting victory for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish beat out a team in Michigan that currently has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2012 and a blue-chip recruit already in the fold for 2013, Shane Morris.

This will likely not be the last time the two schools do battle in the 2013 cycle.

Both schools would love to pluck Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) defensive back Cam Burrows from Ohio State's backyard. Burrows told MaxPreps that he was in Ann Arbor when the Wolverines took on Notre Dame, like Elmer, and similarly made the trip to South Bend the following week.

Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson also has early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, though it may be difficult to pull the Celina (Texas) junior from Texas.

Taco Charlton, from Pickerington Central (Ohio), also attended the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game in Ann Arbor. He has an offer from Michigan, but also plans to visit South Bend this fall.
 
 
 
 
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