In one of the busier 24 hour periods in memory, the Irish picked up two more recruits, their 15th and 16th commitments for the 2011 signing class.
There may not have been a more important recruit on the board than defensive end Aaron Lynch, who committed to the Irish this morning live on WNDU-TV in South Bend. Lynch profiles as a guy who can play defensive end in the 3-4, as well as get after the quarterback. At six-foot-six and a reported 265-pounds, he’s also the prototype of guys that Brian Kelly and staff are looking for to set the edge of their front, something the current roster is dangerously short of after starters Ethan Johnson and Kapron Lewis-Moore.
Lynch has offers from just about every major program in college football and turned down in-state powers Florida and Florida State to pledge to the Irish this morning. It’s another key recruit reeled in by defensive line coach Mike Elston, who just yesterday got a commitment from Anthony Rabasa as well.
The prediction of a recruiting trifecta was a little too conservative, as the Irish also completed the superfecta with the commitment of Texas cornerback Jalen Brown. At six-foot, 175-pounds, Brown has great size for a cornerback and was one of Notre Dame’s earliest offers at defensive back. He reports offers from over a dozen schools including a final four of Nebraska, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and the Irish. Outside linebackers coach Kerry Cooks recruited Brown out of Irving, Texas, a state Cooks will try to mine for talent.
At 16 commitments the proverbial bus is filling up quickly and the Irish can be incredibly selective with their final scholarships as they head into the fall and official visits. It’s quite an impressive weekend for the coaching staff, who filled major needs with every pick up, especially landing Lynch, who was an absolute critical get for the coaching staff.