Measurables: 6-3, 205
Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, All-USA Indiana defensive player of the year, second-team MaxPreps All-American, Indianapolis Star Super Team, 6A State Champion.
Impressive Offers: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Wisconsin
Projected Position: Inside Linebacker
Quick Take: An in-state product with a national recruiting profile. And a linebacker who is athletic enough to be a safety. Bilal runs like someone playing in the secondary, but hits like a cement truck. Notre Dame won a big recruiting battle over Michigan, benefitting from the coaching change in Ann Arbor.
He’ll need to add some weight, but Bilal is a physically impressive kid who looks chiseled from granite. And the disposition he has on the football field will make him one of this group’s favorites very quickly.
What he means to the Irish: A key piece to one of the most athletic linebacking corps in this recruiting cycle. With Bilal and early enrollee Tevon Coney, Notre Dame officially adds two athletes that would fit in at any school in America. (Expect another key piece in Josh Barajas.)
Wherever Bilal plays (and his versatility is a nice asset) he’s going to bring speed and violence to the position. As the Irish continue to strengthen their presence in Indianapolis, reeling in Bilal is a very big deal.
Obligatory YouTube clip: Enjoy watching Bilal search and destroy during these senior highlights.