Before Mike Heuerman informed the Notre Dame coaching staff of his
verbal commitment to the program, the junior tight end had a pair of
football-playing brothers to notify first.
Heuerman called older brother Jeff, a freshman at Ohio State, and
adopted brother Makinton Dorleant, a freshman at Maryland, to tell
them he chose the Irish over the Buckeyes, Miami and LSU.
"If I don't call them and tell them first, all hell will break loose
when they come back (home)," Mike Heuerman said. "I called them and
told them what I was doing and they were real excited."
Heuerman became the 12th verbal commit of the 2013 class a week after
his second unofficial visit to Notre Dame's campus and days after
visiting Ohio State.
The Buckeyes seemed to gain an advantage when Heuerman chose to go to the Ohio State spring game on April 21 rather than Notre Dame's, but
older brother Jeff didn't pressure him to choose Ohio State. Instead,
he offered advice on the recruiting process as a whole.
"He was just telling me to do what I want to do because I'm going to
be the one there and don't make the decision for anybody else,"
Heuerman said. "Don't make it for him, make it for me. Make it for my