Eighteen high school seniors have signed national letters of intent with plans to enroll at the University of Notre Dame in August 2002 and play for the Irish football squad.
The eighteen players come from 10 states - Pennsylvania (4), California (4), New Jersey (2), Texas (2), Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota.
As listed by position, the Irish add to their roster five defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, two tight ends, two defensive backs, two running backs, two wide receivers and one quarterback -- though many of the players played multiple positions in high school and could move to other spots once they arrive on campus.
Two players rated on The Sporting News Hot 101 list - McKnight (41st) and Landri (48th).
Among the 18 are eight players who attended the Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2001 - offensive lineman James Bonelli (Ventura, Calif.), defensive back Jake Carney (Louisville, Ken.), tight end Anthony Fasano (Verona, N.J.), tight end Marcus Freeman (St. Paul, Minn.), running back Jeff Jenkins (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Leitko, offensive lineman Jamie Ryan (Tamaqua, Pa.) and defensive lineman Dan Santucci (Chicago, Ill.).
2002 University of Notre Dame
Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees
|Name||Pos||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)|
|Bonelli, James||OL||6-6||285||Ventura, CA (St. Bonaventure)|
|Carney, Jake||DB||6-0||180||Lexington, KY (Catholic)|
|Fasano, Anthony||TE||6-4||237||Verona, NJ (Verona)|
|Freeman, Marcus||TE||6-4||240||St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham Hall)|
|Frome, Chris||DL||6-5||240||Saugus, CA (Newhall Hart)|
|Jenkins, Jeff||RB||6-0||195||Ann Arbor, MI (Huron)|
|Landri, Derek||DL||6-2||275||Concord, CA (De La Salle)|
|Leitko, Travis||DL||6-6||250||The Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands)|
|Mattes, Brian||DL||6-6||250||Larksville, PA (Wyoming Valley West)|
|McKnight, Rhema||WR||6-2||190||La Palma, CA (Kennedy)|
|Morton, Bob||OL||6-4||305||McKinney, TX (McKinney)|
|Olsen, Chris||QB||6-4||220||Wayne, NJ (Wayne Hills)|
|Raridon, Scott||OL||6-7||285||Mason City, IA (Mason City)|
|Richardson, Mike||DB||6-1||180||Warner Robins, GA (Warner Robins)|
|Ryan, Jamie||OL||6-5||285||Tamaqua, PA (Marian Catholic)|
|Santucci, Dan||DL||6-5||250||Chicago, IL (St. Patrick)|
|Schiccatano, Nate||RB||6-3||220||Coal Township, PA (Southern Columbia)|
|Stovall, Maurice||WR||6-5||205||Philadelphia, PA (Archbishop Carroll)|