The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Here is today's Notre Dame featured commit:
Position: Offensive guard
High School: Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland
Weight: 292 pounds
Commitment date: April 15, 2013
Other scholarship offers: 28, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Tennessee.
Ranking: Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, the No. 8 player in the state of Maryland and the No. 14 offensive guard in the country; rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 9 offensive guard in the country.
Notre Dame depth chart at position: Senior Christian Lombard, sophomore Steve Elmer, junior Connor Hanratty, freshman Mark Harrell.
Scouting report: Another of the talented offensive lineman Notre Dame has landed in this class, Mustipher has the talent and ability to play either guard or center at the next level. He brings smarts and the ability to adjust quickly to the Fighting Irish interior, two things the Fighting Irish obviously covet in their offensive linemen. He was one of the best offensive linemen on the field at the Under Armour All-American game earlier this month, showcasing his skills as a pass blocker and run blocker. He also showed he has the ability to pull, something Notre Dame likes to do in some of its offensive sets. Overall, Mustipher is another cog in what has become almost an automatic in terms of the Fighting Irish landing class after class of top-flight offensive lineman. He likely is looking at a redshirt season in 2014 to bulk up and refine his technique, but long term will be another solid 2-3 year starter for Notre Dame up front.