Bars is a 4-star offensive tackle from Nashville, Tenn., and he's ranked as the No. 9 player at the position, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
He announced, via Twitter, that he had made his decision in favor of Notre Dame:
Alex Bars @AlexBars_
I have officially committed to The University of Notre Dame! #playlikeachampiontoday5/17/2013, 6:38:51 PM
At 6'6'', 287 pounds, Bars has the size and potential to be an impact player for the Fighting Irish in the future. He's an athletic offensive tackle with good agility and quickness, especially considering his size.
He's adept at getting to the second level and walling off defenders, and he can also pull down the line and kick the defender outside, creating a running lane underneath him. Bars could also be an effective lead blocker in those pulling situations, getting upfield quickly and having the skill to engage and drive.
To make Bars' commitment even sweeter for Notre Dame fans, most experts considered him a Michigan lean. All nine experts who predicted in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Bars chose Michigan as his eventual destination.
To be fair, he did take two unofficial visits to Michigan in a short timespan, so it did seem as if the offensive tackle could have been favoring the Wolverines. Also, don't expect Michigan to just give up now that he has committed. This is recruiting after all.
Nonetheless, Bars is committed to Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish, and Notre Dame's 2014 class continues to grow—especially on the offensive line. Notre Dame now has four offensive linemen commitments, all four checking in with 4-stars, according to their respective 247Sports composite rankings.
Knowing that football games are won or lost at the line of scrimmage, Notre Dame fans have to be feeling good about the makeup of their 2014 recruiting class.
Note: All scouting and analysis of Bars done via tape study of video provided on his 247Sports profile page.
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