Sam Mustipher Commits to Notre Dame: Irish Land Talented Versatile 4-Star

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 15, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

It's being reported that 4-star offensive guard Sam Mustipher has committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 

Jason Sapp of reports on Mustipher's commitment on a BGI board, citing Alex Gleitman of 247Sports:

Per Alex Gleitman of 247Sports: Sam Mustipher has committed to Notre Dame.

Mustipher has great size for a guard at 6'4'', 285 pounds and he also possesses very good speed. He runs a 5.10 40 according to 247Sports, which is great for a player of his size. His speed is especially important considering that most coaches like to have speedier lineman with good feet and agility at the guard position, as this helps with pulling. It also allows the guard to get to linebackers faster.

He projects to be a good player and he's a highly ranked pickup for Notre Dame, ranked as the No. 7 offensive guard in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Mustipher plays with good explosion and bend at the line of scrimmage. He gets out of his stance quick, stays low to the ground and extends and drives with good pad level. He displays good strength, and a lot of that is obviously derived from his size, but much of his success can be credited to his fundamentals.

The "low man" wins, as we say in the football world, and even at 6'4'', Mustipher displays a good knowledge of leverage and fundamentals at the line of scrimmage. He can move a pile and he'll really make it hard for defensive lineman to get out of double teams. He plays his angles well as a blocker and he's constantly driving his feet. He doesn't give up on blocks and he's also very good at the second level.

His speed allows him to be effective in open space, and he has the size and skill to outmatch linebackers and wall them off from the play.

Mustipher is the sixth commitment to Notre Dame's 2014 class, and he joins 4-star recruit Jimmy Byrne as the second guard recruit. 

For what it's worth, he's also listed as being able to play defensive tackle by 247Sports, so overall, the Fighting Irish are getting a player with immense potential.

Mustipher has great size, speed and fundamentals, and he's an all-around football player.

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