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Irish adding Eamon McOsker as a preferred walk-on

Feb 15, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

Eamon Osker

It looks like the Irish football program still isn’t done adding players to the class of 2012. Notre Dame has made an offer to two-way player Eamon McOsker of Loyola High in Los Angeles, and McOsker will join the Irish roster next season as a preferred walk-on. The Los Angeles Times reports that McOsker was committed to play his college football at Penn before he took the Irish up on their offer.

Here’s Eric Sondheimer’s report:

Standout safety Eamon McOsker of Los Angeles Loyola had committed to Pennsylvania several weeks ago, but now he has decided to play for Notre Dame as a preferred walk-on.

“I thought it was too good to pass up,” he said. “It’s been my dream to play for them.”

McOsker has been to Notre Dame at least 10 times. His older brother, Garrity, attends the South Bend, Ind., campus, and his father has worked for the school in development.

McOsker was the defensive player of the year in the Serra League.

The Irish picked up a productive player last year from Southern California with the addition of preferred walk-on Joe Schmidt, who chose Notre Dame over some scholarship offers after an impressive career at Orange County powerhouse Mater Dei. Schmidt made an impact early, playing on special teams and consistently making the travel squad. McOsker, who doesn’t have a Rivals profile and seemed virtually ignored by major D-I programs, did win the defensive player of the year for the Serra League. To put that in perspective, the offensive player of the year, teammate Kodi Whitfield, had over a dozen offers and signed with Stanford.

At six-foot-two, 193-pounds, McOsker’s an intriguing enough athlete and his highlights show a rangy safety that also did some damage as a wide receiver. He played in a league that produced former Irish quarterback Dayne Crist and one-time tight end Joe Fauria, and at the same high school as one-time Irish target Anthony Barr played. It doesn’t cost the Irish anything to bring him in, and he certainly profiles as the prototype safety in Kelly’s defense, so it’s essentially a can’t lose situation.



  1. nudeman - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Eamon McOsker. Seriously?
    Ok, Eamon McOsker, COME ON DOWN.

    • dickasman - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Finest mexicanirishman safety you’ll find in the US of A baby!!! LETSSSS GOOOOOOO MCOSCARRRRR BABY!!!! We don’t need Dingleberry.

      Its fine I don’t have a problem with this. Who’s that kid that’s 130lb. dripping wet that’s always making the 1st tackle on the kickoffs and punts. He could be one of those.

    • don74 - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM


      I copied this from Bruce Feldman’s blog just for you. Since it’s chilly here in the Valley (60’s for those of you in the NE) I figured this may warm you! You’re welcome, it’s his view on the 10 most interesting red shirt freshman. His numbero uno is………….

      , Everett Golson, Notre Dame, QB: Brian Kelly’s biggest headache in 2011 was due to shaky quarterback play. ND had some very capable weapons in Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert and Cierre Wood, but the Irish were inept in the Red Zone and prone to momentum-crushing mistakes at the worst possible times. Tommy Rees started most of the season at QB and is back. So is Andrew Hendrix, a more mobile option with a stronger arm. Touted freshman Gunner Kiel is already on campus, but don’t underestimate Golson, a 5-11, 185-pounder from South Carolina. When we had Kelly on our Signing Day Central show a few weeks ago and the Notre Dame coach gushed when I asked him about Golson. You heard a completely different vibe from Kelly just as he started to describe the young QB who had led his high school to state championships in both football and basketball. While Golson does not have prototype size, he has a quick release, a strong arm and wonderful footwork. He also apparently has that presence about him that coaches love.

      • nudeman - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        Well this wasn’t hard to call
        He’s GOT to be the guy in 2012

        The ERA OF EVERETT has begun
        ERA OF EVERETT (copyright, nudeman, 2012)

  2. fnc111 - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Kelly is getting really desperate. Hasn’t even told Neal where he will play so now the kid is going to U of A. Kelly was awful at recruiting this year.

    • akirish - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      Really? Terrible job recruiting? Out-recruited every program in the country except maybe 9 or 10, while limited by ND’s code of ethics? Why? Because one guy is a twitter moron, one guy wanted to run track at a premier track school, and the last guy couldn’t hack a major program? Greenberry didn’t just pass on ND, he passed on playing on any major stage. He probably wants to be a big fish in a small pond and wouldn’t have fit anyway. Most if the people that comment on this page are shockingly shortsighted and pessimistic. I’m glad u don’t represent the majority of the ND fan base.

      • joewyoming - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        +1,000,000. Glad for McOsker and this entire class.

    • trentnd - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Not sure why picking up a kid as a preferred walk-on at a position with some need is a bad thing. As KA noted above, not really a situation where ND loses. Especially with the kid already having some family ties to ND and the desire to succeed at a dream…

      Here’s to hoping this kid works hard and earns a scholarship eventually.

      GO IRISH.

  3. bernhtp - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    I suspect others also had the question of what a preferred walk-on is.

    • papadec - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      bern – thanks for putting that walk on info out here.

  4. nudeman - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Bk did the best he could considering what a lousy year his team had.

    • mtndguy - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      I agree with nude. When you stage a recruiting event like the one with USC and blow chunks everywhere, it’s tough to rebound.

      • bb90grad - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        Classic. Haven’t seen “blow chunks” since my soph year at ND (’87).

        Slow news day indeed…

  5. unomasmore - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Guy might work. Safety is a prime position for overcoming less than blue-chip measurable’s.

  6. rambler09 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    This is interesting. I’m all for bringing in quality football players as preferred walk-ons but we’re already stacked at safety this year. We have 4 kids coming in that profile at safety- Shumate, Baratti, Prosise, and Turner- not to mention the fact that Chris Badger will be back from his mission. I hope this kid comes in and is able to excel I just feel bad that he’ll have to compete against so many scholarship players. Here’s to hoping.

    • papadec - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      rambler – it’s not to say this kid, or any you mentioned, won’t end up @ CB or some other position.

    • dickasman - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Yeah, to that I’ll say what I tell my medical marijuana patients. QUALITY over Quantity.

  7. 1historian - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    ‘Joe Schmidt’ – that was the name of an outstanding linebacker for the Detroit Lions back in the olden days, aka the 50s. Is this kid any relation?

  8. fnc111 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Why was it a bad season? Oh yea the idiot head coach decided to play a division 2 level QB. Stop turning purple on the sidelines CBK, no more punting plays for Rees and almost forgot about the flea flicker in his second game ever as coach here. When you have huge depth and talent issues at WR plus in the secondary, and get shutout down the stretch it was a bad year in the recruiting dpt.

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