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Eifert's tweet runs afoul of NCAA

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert was apparently too anxious to welcome a potential recruit from his hometown to campus.

The former Bishop Dwenger standout posted a message on his Twitter account Friday night in anticipation of Bishop Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith's visit to Notre Dame on Saturday.

Eifert wrote: "Big recruiting day tomorrow here at ND. Looking forward to meeting and hangin with 5 star Fort Wayne native @JaeeSmiff9ENT"

@JaeeSmiff9ENT is Smith's Twitter handle, and Eifert's post violated NCAA bylaw 13.10.5 which prohibits institutions from publicizing a recruit's visit to the campus, according to an NCAA spokesman.

Eifert removed the post late Friday.

"We're aware of the tweet and it has been forwarded to our compliance office where they will process it appropriately," Brian Hardin, Notre Dame director of football media relations, wrote in an email. "We take any potential violation of NCAA rules very seriously and we will never compromise on matters of NCAA compliance. Ultimately, this will serve as an excellent teaching moment for all of our teams and student-athletes."

A student-athlete cannot publicize a prospective student-athlete's visit to his or her institution's campus, the NCAA said.

The violation is considered minor and will likely be classified as a secondary violation. The incident is not likely to cause any problems for Eifert, nor will it affect Smith's recruitment.

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