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Notre Dame adds commitment from DB Ashton White

Jul 1, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

The recruiting train continues for Notre Dame, with Washington D.C. area defensive back Ashton White pledging his commitment to the Irish on Tuesday evening. The one-time Virginia Tech commitment chose Notre Dame after being offered at the Irish Invasion camp.

White had offers from West Virginia, Ohio State, Iowa, UConn, Maryland and Boston College (among others). He’s a 5-foot-11, 182-pounder who will finish up his prep career at Bishop McNamara.

In a matter of weeks, Notre Dame has solidified its secondary with a strong recruiting class, a year after focusing on the front seven. White joins cornerbacks Shaun Crawford and Nick Coleman as well as safeties Nicco Fertitta and Prentice McKinney.

White made it clear why he made his decision when catching up with’s Tom Loy ($):

“It’s Notre Dame. It doesn’t get better than that,” White told Loy. “They will contend for a national championship just about every year and you can get the best degree in the country. It will set you up in life, with work, and just puts you in a better position than a lot of other people. It’s just an incredible opportunity for football and academics. You’re double dipping. It’s perfect. It’s the best place I could possibly be.”

With White, Notre Dame extends its recruiting class to 16. He’s the ninth commit to Brian VanGorder’s defense, a cornerback who had an offer from both Urban Meyer and Bob Diaco.

The recruiting news should kick up early tomorrow as well, with blue-chippers Jashon Cornell and Justin Hilliard in the morning and receiving target Miles Boykin in the afternoon. Quarterback Travis Waller pledged to Oregon today, taking him off the board. And most are bracing for the worst with the Cornell and Hilliard “joint” announcement (they’ll both make the decision at 9 a.m. CDT), while others are optimistic about Boykin.

Either way, for a class many were worried about entering June, it looks like Notre Dame will be close to full by the time the season opens.


  1. dickasman - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    5ft 11? Eaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…Sorry you ain’t gettin laid by me imma size king. Cute name though. So much for my wet dream CB bobby Taylor. Oh well turn that black Jewish kid into DB n imma happy camper.

    Clearly the pornstache guys aren’t into tall db’s like I am. Different strokes for different folks. I prefer the long strokes.

    • bernhtp - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Hey, he’s two inches taller than Shaun Crawford. Be grateful.

      Van Gordner is obviously going more for SEC-type speed/quickness than Diaco prototype size.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        I think they are taking whatever they can get. at this point I don’t think it even matters. this year is gonna hurt like hell.

      • upthera44 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:33 AM

        Galt, we’re in 8th in the country in the class rankings for 2015. Clearly the world is ending.

        Also: Ayn Rand is a sub-par writer and ideologue.

      • ibleedirish - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        Message board hack calls Ayn Rand a sub-par writer. Sounds about right.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        upthera44 – OH NO another fan who thinks we are in 8th place 20 minutes into the race.

      • upthera44 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:25 AM

        Sorry ibleed, next time I’ll write a review in the New Yorker

  2. oldschoollyons - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    The class is filling up. But is it quantity (way) over quality?

  3. jmfinsd - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    From what I read, White is a solid CB. But I thought I also read that ND was a strong candidate for Mook Reynolds, a CB regarded a little better quality. I don’t know much about either. With White committing, does that close the secondary so that ND doesn’t take a commitment from Reynolds?

    • papadec - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      jm – I guess we’ll find out soon enough. 59 & a wake up – but who’s counting?

      • 1historian - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        U R

  4. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    I hate to say it folks but I think the writing’s on the wall. I honestly feel Brian K is out of here next year. This recruiting class is a failure beyond epic proportions. We have mostly kids that were offered by MAC programs, very few being offered by top power programs. I just have a real bad feeling about how these kids are being recruited. It almost seems like the head coach has given up. At this rate we will be lucky to rank in the 20th range now. And you can expect at least 2 4 star kids to bolt before signing day. What is going on at Notre Dame ?

    • notredameirish1980 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      It is really sad to see that a head coach such as Urban has given up and is recruiting kids like this one. Come to think about it, it’s sad to think that programs like Stanford and Pitt would be recruiting players like Josh Adams, since neither is known for an emphasis on a power running game.

    • baldyscotsman - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      I have seen a few comments concerning the MAC offers, but lets look at the offers for the 3* kids:

      White has offers from O$U and Va. Tech

      Yoon has offers from Stanford and A&M

      Fertitta has offers from Arizona and Boston College

      Coleman has offers from Michigan State and O$U

      Dew-Treadway has offers from Miss State and Wisconsin

      Ruhland has offers from Nebraska and Northwestern

      Guyton has offers from ASU, Baylor, O$U, OU, Stanford and A&M

      Tiassum has offers from Louisville and Miami (Fla)

      McKinney has offers from ASU, Michigan, OU, UCLA and Texas

      Adams has offers from PSU, Stanford and Wisconsin

      Sanders has offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, Stanford and $C

      Taylor has offers from F$U and O$U

      I don’t know about you, but it looks like all of our current commits have offers from big time schools, or am I incorrect?

      I understand the concern, I really do, but we are getting our panties in a wad when these kids have not even started playing their last year of HS football. Did any of you develop your senior year of HS? I know I did. Usually when a kid is a 5* before his senior year he is already developed and that is what gives him the edge, IMO.

      Calm down a little and enjoy the summer–Happy Independence Day/weekend….. Merica!

    • dillonbigred - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      You obviously don’t hate to say it, because day after day, post after post, you write the same doom and gloom.

      • upthera44 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:27 AM


  5. shaunodame - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Poor ol’ Bob. Diaco is batting .000 versus Notre Dame for recruits so far.

  6. yaketyyacc - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    well, now we have added a new trophy to college football: the National Championship in Recruiting.
    would we like all eight star players? sure. besides offering a solid college education, what is the main attraction for young college football hopefuls? belonging to a National Championship team.
    certainly, some look ahead, joining teams that will enhance their NFL prospects. bad gamble. leave the NFL to the pro scouts, and focus on being with a winning school.
    Ashton White has already shown good judgment choosing Notre Dame, and Coach Kelly has shown good judgment in recruiting him. and yes, I know there is no “8” star rating.

  7. irishlad19 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    ND recruiting is building nicely, adding depth at most positions

  8. irishlad19 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Johngalt is negative in most postings–needs serious time with a shrink.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Mumbo Jumbo at your service ! Someone say shrink……

      • 1historian - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        John – my ship is sinking. Help!!


      • irishlad19 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:15 PM


  9. irishwilliamsport - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    There certainly are some talented players in this class. There is still room for about 5 more guys or even more than that depending on how many guys get offered a 5th year. The sky isn’t falling, I think you’ll see us be more selective going forward and we will get a 5 star guy when all is said and done.

    We have to be realistic, we’ve got 15 losses in the last 4 years, two 8 – 5 years followed by a great year where everything went our way and last years 9 – 4 record. We are not an elite program yet, when you win like Alabama does players want to go to your school. The recruiting class following the NC game appearance was superb. Our record the last 7 years is as follows : 3-8, 6-6, 6-6, 8-5, 8-5, 12-1, 9-4. Hardly elite by any stretch of the imagination.

    I do think this year will be a good year for us and we will finish the regular season 10-2 and play in a BCS game. It’s taken 4 years to iron out the QB situation unfortunately. Going forward the future looks great, we are very talented on offense and have a new defensive scheme.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Stanford, Oregon, Michigan State, Baylor, UCLA, Arizona State, have all put up huge wins year after year. We have one Lucky year get killed in the NC and all the other 3 years are marginal. 2012 was an anomaly it was pure luck and we are honestly looking at a 8 win team in the 5th year. Brian K is not the coach to get us back to prominence. We have become a MAC Team with MAC Recruits, MAC Coaching and MAC Fans. All we can cling to is the 40 year decision which many other schools can claim as well. So I ask you what is so special about Notre Dame ?

      • baldyscotsman - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM


        ND is special for much more than just Football. Now, we are talking about Football so I will keep the subject more on that topic.

        You are very correct, the last 4 years have been frustrating. Other teams and rivals have had success while we seem to be stuck in the mud. BUT (and I know this may be a crutch) but what is the common factor during those 4 years? 1st 2 years it was the QB and depth, 3rd year Undefeated, 4th year: QB, injuries, leadership on team. I know those are all “Excuses” but for me they are also very key factors between 10 wins and 8 wins.

        There are positives I have witnessed in the last 4 years. Depth has increased across the board, if you disagree with that then we are on separate planets in this discussion. Speed has increased at positions that ND has struggled with in the not-so-recent past. (LB, Safety, QB)

        The one thing we really lack? a Teo type recruit every cycle. I am ok with complaining (discussing) that shortcoming, but to attack the entire recruiting class in one broad stroke in July is premature. IMO

      • dillonbigred - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Why do you use the word “we” when you don’t understand, or even seem to like Notre Dame?

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Honestly talk about the tangible advantages of Notre Dame not the opinions – Family, Religion blah blah blah. The degree is good but so is the degree at Stanford, UCLA, Texas, Northwestern the list goes on and on. Stanford right now is what Notre Dame use to be back in the 90’s under Lou Holtz. They have not made it to a NC but they are winning big. Why should an athlete play for Notre Dame over Stanford, Texas, UCLA etc ? All the ND fans are always saying we are so special but in all honesty if you really look at it we are no different than many of these top academic schools. Sure the History of Notre Dame is probably unmatched except for maybe Alabama but does History really sell to recruits. ND is not in the greatest of locations either. I think if you write down the pros and cons as recruits do you will see that we really don’t have much of a competitive advantage like we use to in the good ole days. This is the problem with our ability to pull blue chip players year after year. And trust me loading up on all 3 stars will come back to bite you in the future. Look at what happened to our Defense with a few top ranked 4 and 5 star players.

      • baldyscotsman - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Ok, I will bite.

        Pros: Facilities, Exposure,4 year scholly, small campus(could be pro or con–for me it is a pro), education (even if other schools have this as a pro, it is still a pro at ND), Tradition (low on the list but still a factor).

        Cons: Cold weather (if this is a top factor for a player….grow a pair), south bend night life, not a lot of bikini weather or bikini wearers (Ok, for a 18 y/o this is HUGE).

        Personally–all of the cons are factors for weak minded, immature boys that I don’t think would be a fit for ND.

      • don74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM


        there’s one huge aspect of ND that’s both a pro and a con. ND is a faith based institution. For many that’s a huge plus. For others it’s a huge negative. Comparing ND to schools like Stanford are valid when looking at the academics and long term value of the degree. As far a campus, student life the schools are very different.

        Kelly talks about finding recruits that shop down a different aisle…..

        The character of ND is a self limiter. There will always be kids who resonate with the stated mission of the school and there will most likely be more who simply don’t see themselves fitting in.

        I actually like that Kelly is telling the whole story and attempting to sell more than the football program.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        And this is my point not one of you could name something that completely stood out outside of Religion and Family. Religion and Family are both subjective and do not apply. The reason we are not getting the top blue chip athletes is because we fail to be different then the crowd. A degree at Texas University will get in your in the door just as much as a degree from Notre Dame especially a law degree. Our football coach I believe has run his course at the University. If we have not turned the program into a consecutive 10 win team he will never be able to do it. Its time to bring a Stoops, Saban type winner to the University. Gambling on these big east coaches is a complete bust. Brian K is making 4 million a year while charlie strong is making 5 his first year at Texas. Why not just pay for a coach like Saban to come to ND. What is the University waiting for ? Also as I said playing in the NC game was a mistake on all fronts. Now we have signed another long contract with a coach who will never get us back to a NC. Complete waste of Resources !

  10. fnc111 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Kelly said months ago he was changing his recruiting philosophy after elite recruits like Tuitt and Niklas bolted after three years. He’s now going after all three stars it looks like so he can build a program. I hope he is good at player development with that strategy.

    • DPU Man ND Fan - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Zero chance he said that. Link the article!

  11. padomer - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I think what is most encouraging is the depth of the offensive line. Every one of these guys are elite NFL caliber size and surely the strength will come. Once these guys develop it will pay playoff style dividends. I think the finished product (at this rate) will compare favorably against the best offenses we’ve had in the past decade and a better defense that is more consistent. Think 05 offense with a slightly worse than ’12 defense (or whatever year it was when we went to NC).

  12. padomer - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    also, we’ve been unlucky in the past with the development of our defensive players. No way we strike out like we did with guys like fleming, filer etc. We can expect one gem that was underrecruited (seems most look to jhonny williams and i do too) and at least serviceable starters. The defensive players of yester recruting classes were not even serviceable special teamers….btw I’m referring to 5 and 4 star players. But def. not sayin it doesnt suck to lose out on Hilliard n Cornwell.

  13. 1historian - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Don74 – “ND is a faith based institution.”

    Such may have been the case in the past but it ceased being so as of graduation day 2009.

    • kapnd73 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Explain, please?

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