Safety Zeke Motta (Vero Beach HS, FL), ended his recruiting process on Monday evening when he verbally committed to Notre Dame. Motta came on his official visit October 3rd and saw the Irish dismantle Stanford and run its record to 4-1. Motta told blueandgold.com:
"My official visit to Notre Dame was great. The academics are so good, the football program is great and the fan base has so much to do with my trip being so pleasurable for my Dad and me. I am going to Notre Dame."
Motta, a 6'3 215 lb safety, was also considering Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Clemson, as well as Stanford. According to Motta, the reason he chose Notre Dame was because he, "wanted the opportunity to excel in the classroom and on the football field and to grow as a person, and so in the end, Notre Dame is just the best place for me to do that." There is a debate as to whether Motta will be linebacker or a safety when he arrives in South Bend.
Motta attended the Irish's summer football camp last year, where he earned his scholarship offer. To make sure he can make an immediate impact next year, he plans on enrolling early and attending classes beginning in January so he can learn the playbook faster.
Motta is the Irish's 16th commitment for 2009.