Recruiting Flashback: TE Mike Heuerman and LB Michael Deeb


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Injuries have officially ended the Notre Dame football careers of tight end Mike Heuerman and linebacker Michael Deeb. Head coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday both players being medically disqualified. Both players serve as the most recent reminders of complicated recruiting projections.

Heuerman, who enrolled in the spring semester of 2013, joined Notre Dame as a four-star tight end prospect. As a senior at Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier, Heuerman caught just three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a run-heavy offense. He missed part of the season with a tonsillectomy.

Heuerman, whose older brother Jeff played for Ohio State and was drafted earlier this year by the Denver Broncos, committed to Notre Dame over offers from Ohio State, Miami and LSU. (Click here for our story on his commitment from 2012.)

247Sports slated him as the No. 7 tight end in the 2013 class. Rivals ranked him No. 8 at the position. Notre Dame's projected starter at tight end, Durham Smythe, also signed with the Irish in the same class.

Deeb was also a member of Notre Dame's 2013 class. He committed to the Irish after visiting in June of 2012. (Click here for our story on his commitment.)

Deeb, who was rated as a three-star prospect, recorded 95 tackles, four sacks and an interception in his senior year at Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage. 247Sports slated Deeb as the No. 25 inside linebacker in the 2013 class. Rivals ranked him 36th at the position.

Both Heuerman and Deeb were recruited by former Irish running backs coach Tony Alford, who left Notre Dame for Ohio State earlier this year.

Michael Deeb, a former three-star linebacker at Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, signed with Notre Dame in 2013. (Photo courtesy of South Florida Sun-Sentinel)