In-state LB Pete Werner claims Notre Dame offer

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame didn’t sign any recruits from Indiana in the 2016 recruiting class, but the Irish have their eyes on multiple 2017 prospects in their home state.

Indianapolis Cathedral linebacker Pete Werner became the third in-state recruit to report a Notre Dame offer in the 2017 class. Werner, who shared the news via Twitter on Tuesday, joins quarterback Hunter Johnson of Brownsburg and safety R.J. Potts of Fishers with Irish offers.

247Sports pegs Werner as the No. 2 prospect in the state for the 2017 class behind Johnson. Rivals ranks Werner third behind Johnson and Potts.

The 6-3, 212-pound Werner, a four-star recruit, played cornerback, safety and linebacker last year for Cathedral, one of the top teams in the state annually. He’s accumulated more than 20 offers from schools including Ole Miss, Duke, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh.

His father, Greg, played tight end for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles in a two-year NFL stint following a Division III All-American senior season at DePauw University.

Notre Dame signed four players from Indiana in 2014: linebackers Asmar Bilal and Josh Barajas, safety Mykelti Williams and defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum.

Extremely excited and thankful for an offer from The University of Notre Dame!!

— Pete Werner (@petewerner23) February 16, 2016

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks about National Signing Day during a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Notre Dame in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN