Brian Kelly sounded the commitment signal yesterday afternoon, catching Irish fans off guard on the Easter holiday weekend. But offensive line coach Harry Hiestand added another piece of blue-chip talent to his future depth chart, with 2017 lineman Dillan Gibbons committing to the Irish.
Gibbons is a St. Petersburg, Florida native, and already possesses an impressive offer list with schools like Ohio State leading the way. After visiting campus last week, Gibbons was ready to pull the trigger and commit, just days after Kelly made the offer.
Gibbons is a long way from joining for the Irish, having played just his sophomore season of high school. But his pedigree and size give Notre Dame another building block, not to mention an early start to their 2017 recruiting class.
Gibbons’ older brother Reilly was a 4-star, national recruit who visited Notre Dame before committing to Stanford. He’s since transferred to South Florida, but it was on those trips where Dillan grew comfortable with the Irish, a love affair that started (remarkably) at Notre Dame’s Senior Day debacle against Syracuse in 2008.
(It worked on Manti Te’o, too.)
Gibbons had great things to say about Hiestand, who continues his dominant run on the recruiting trail.
“He’s the best offensive line coach in all of college football,” Gibbons told Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune. “Whatever he says, I’m going to take to heart.”
Gibbons joins 2016 commit Tommy Kraemer in the futures department along the offensive line. He plays for former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowler Mike Alstott at North Christian High School.
Gibbons plans on shutting down his recruitment and getting to work building the Irish’s future classes.
“This is truly the place for me,” Gibbons told Irish 247. “This is where I want to be.”