Football Announces 2001 Signees

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 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

    NamePosHt.Wt.Hometown (High School)
    Beidatsch, BrianDL6-4265Milwaukee, WI (Marquette)
    Bolen, LionelCB6-1185Westhampton, NJ (Rancocas Valley)
    Burrell, QuentinS6-1185Decatur, GA (Southwest DeKalb)
    Campbell, CarlosWR6-1190Hampton, VA (Hampton)
    Ellick, DwightCB5-11170Tampa, FL (Wharton)
    Giles, ZacharyOL6-4285Marshfield, MA (Marshfield)
    Grant, RyanRB6-1198Nyack, NY (Don Bosco Prep)
    Hoyte, BrandonILB6-0219Parlin, NJ (Sayreville War Memorial))
    Jones, CoryRB6-2215Seattle, WA (Kennedy)
    LeVoir, MarkTE6-7310Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie)
    Mays, CoreyILB6-1234Chicago, IL (Morgan Park)
    Mitchell, DarinOL6-4285Jonesboro, GA (Lovejoy)
    Powers-Neal, Rashon OLB6-3215St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham)
    Root, MattTE6-6225Tallahassee, FL (North Florida Christian)
    Shelton, MattWR6-1170Collierville, TN (Collierville)
    Stevenson, DanOL6-5300Barrington, IL (Barrington)
    Thompson, JeffDL6-5265Granger, IN (Penn)
    Tuck, JustinOLB6-5215Kellyton, AL (Central Coosa County)
    Wilson, MarcusRB5-11180Staten Island, NY (Poly Prep)

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    Cory Jones 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Cory?Jones
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    Corey Mays 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Corey?Mays
    Darin Mitchell 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Darin?Mitchell
    Rashon Powers-Neal 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Rashon?Powers-Neal
    Matt Root 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Matt?Root
    Matt Shelton 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Matt?Shelton
    Dan Stevenson 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Dan?Stevenson
    Jeff Thompson 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Jeff?Thompson
    Justin Tuck 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Justin?Tuck
    Marcus Wilson 56 K | 200 KCoach Davie on Marcus?Wilson

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