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Consensus three-star defensive lineman Kofi Wardlow (St. John’s College H.S.; Washington, D.C.) switched his commitment from Maryland to Notre Dame today, completing the Irish class of 2017 and the annual drama of National Signing Day. Wardlow’s commitment brings coach Brian Kelly’s haul to 21 recruits, including three commitments on Signing Day alone.
“We really liked his athleticism and his size,” Kelly said during his Signing Day press conference upon announcing Wardlow’s commitment. “… He really fit the profile, and then reminded us of a young [former Notre Dame and current New York Giants defensive lineman] Romeo Okwara. Not quite as long, is actually thicker than he is, but he’s really young, raw and extremely athletic.”
Wardlow joins Jonathon MacCollister as the only two genuine edge threats in this class, hence why his last-minute switch is so vital to Notre Dame.
St. John’s College H.S.; Washington, D.C.
Measurements: 6’3”, 230 lbs.
Accolades: Three-star recruit; No. 47 at his position, per rivals.com
Other Notable Offers: Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri
Projected Position: Defensive end
Quick Take: Bolstering the edge rush is never a bad thing, especially in a class with only one other defensive end. Wardlow completes this Notre Dame recruiting cycle on a high note, and even that psychological factor alone should not be underrated.
Wardlow has played football for only two seasons, focusing on basketball in the past. Naturally, that leaves him with as much raw potential as realized. Furthermore, that basketball background established a level of agility and understanding of footwork not often seen from players of Wardlow’s size.