Notre Dame linebacker signee Marist Liufau adds fourth star
Irish Illustrated has been high on Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou linebacker Marist Liufausince his senior tape emerged. Initially recruited by many as a 6-2, 175-pound defensive back, Liufau bulked up this fall, added weight, and became a force at linebacker. Prior to that though, Liufau was listed as the No. 1,686 overall player in the country. That all changed when everyone saw the growth he made during his final high school season. Naturally, with the added weight, increase in speed and overall size, the offers started rolling in. Notre Dame and USC offered in November and made it clear that he was a wanted man. Those two schools joined Arizona, Boise State, Oregon and others on his list. With an offer from the Fighting Irish in hand, Liufau quickly locked in an official visit to South Bend on Nov. 10 and committed to Notre Dame just a few days later. Notre Dame is extremely high on Liufau and believes he has difference-maker potential at the next level. His ranking started to reflect the interest from so many top programs, as he was bumped all the way up to No. 462 overall nationally by 247Sports. Then the Polynesian Bowl took place. He received rave reviews all week long from everyone in attendance. During the game itself, Liufau snagged an interception. With the final rankings being released, 247Sports named Liufau a four-star prospect and bumped him all the way up to the No. 388 overall spot. “A guy that impressed us with senior tape, Liufau really cemented his four-star bump with a dominant week at the Polynesian Bowl,” noted 247Sports National Director of Scouting Barton Simmons in Thursday’s latest update. “He could be a redshirt candidate as he develops physically but we think he will be special when it comes together for him at Notre Dame.” The 6-3, 210-pounder is ranked as the No. 26 outside linebacker in the country and No. 6 prospect in Hawaii from the class of 2019. He signed with the Fighting Irish on Dec. 19 during the Early Signing Period. Special teams coordinator Brian Polian is credited as the lead recruiter for Liufau. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clark Lea is noted as the secondary recruiter.