Feb. 7, 2001

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Nineteen high school seniors signed national letters of intent today with plans to enroll at the University of Notre Dame in August 2000 and play for the Irish football squad.

The nineteen players come from 12 states — Florida (2), Georgia (2), New Jersey (2), New York (2), Minnesota (2), Illinois (2), Indiana, Virginia, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Alabama, and Washington.

As listed by position, the Irish add to their roster three offensive linemen, three running backs, two inside linebackers, two outside linebackers, two tight ends, two wide receivers, two defensive linemen, two cornerbacks and a safety — though many of the players played multiple positions in high school and could move to other spots once they arrive on campus.

Among the 19 players are three members of the Parade All-America team — tight end Mark LeVoir (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and offensive linemen Zach Giles (Marshfield, Mass.) and Dan Stevenson (Barrington, Ill.).

Also on the list are:

  • One member of the USA Today prep All-America first team (LeVoir) and two members of the second team (inside linebacker Corey Mays from Chicago, Ill., and Giles).
  • Four players rated among the top 100 nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times — LeVoir (27th), Mays (54th), Giles (89th) and Stevenson (95th).
  • Two players rated among the top 100 prospects nationally by the Dallas Morning News — Giles and LeVoir.
  • Two players rated the player of the year in their state by USA Today — Giles (Massachusetts) and running back Ryan Grant (New Jersey).
  • Two players rated among the top 50 on the CNNSI.com list of top national prospects — Grant (43rd) and LeVoir (46th).

Among the 19 are nine players who attended the Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2000 — defensive lineman Brian Beidatsch (Milwaukee, Wis.), Giles, LeVoir, Mays, outside linebacker Rashon Powers-Neal (St. Paul, Minn.), tight end Matt Root (Tallahassee, Fla.), wide receiver Matt Shelton (Collierville, Tenn.), defensive lineman Jeff Thompson (Granger, Ind.) and running back Marcus Wilson (Staten Island, N.Y.).

2001 University of Notre Dame Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees

Name Pos Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Beidatsch, Brian DL 6-4 265 Milwaukee, WI (Marquette)
Bolen, Lionel CB 6-1 185 Westhampton, NJ (Rancocas Valley)
Burrell, Quentin S 6-1 185 Decatur, GA (Southwest DeKalb)
Campbell, Carlos WR 6-1 190 Hampton, VA (Hampton)
Ellick, Dwight CB 5-11 170 Tampa, FL (Wharton)
Giles, Zachary OL 6-4 285 Marshfield, MA (Marshfield)
Grant, Ryan RB 6-1 198 Nyack, NY (Don Bosco Prep)
Hoyte, Brandon ILB 6-0 219 Parlin, NJ (Sayreville War Memorial))
Jones, Cory RB 6-2 215 Seattle, WA (Kennedy)
LeVoir, Mark TE 6-7 310 Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie)
Mays, Corey ILB 6-1 234 Chicago, IL (Morgan Park)
Mitchell, Darin OL 6-4 285 Jonesboro, GA (Lovejoy)
Powers-Neal, Rashon OLB 6-3 215 St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham)
Root, Matt TE 6-6 225 Tallahassee, FL (North Florida Christian)
Shelton, Matt WR 6-1 170 Collierville, TN (Collierville)
Stevenson, Dan OL 6-5 300 Barrington, IL (Barrington)
Thompson, Jeff DL 6-5 265 Granger, IN (Penn)
Tuck, Justin OLB 6-5 215 Kellyton, AL (Central Coosa County)
Wilson, Marcus RB 5-11 180 Staten Island, NY (Poly Prep)

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