Defensive tackle Kurt Hinish is the latest 2017 recruit to commit to Notre Dame. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder announced Monday evening that he’ll join high school teammate David Adams in South Bend, another commitment coming out of a huge Junior Day over the weekend.
Hinish announced the decision live on the Pittsburgh CBS affiliate and also took to Twitter to make things official.
“I would like to thank all of the coaches and staff of the schools that recruited me in this process, Hinish wrote. “Also I would like to thank my family, friends, God and teammates through this process. In addition I would like to thank all of the coaches who helped me become the player I am today. Everyday and minute of the process was a dream come true. My heart is truly sold on this place and what it has to offer, on and off the field. Me and my family sat down talk about this and what would be best for me. With that, I would like to announce my commitment to THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME.”
Hinish had offers from local programs Penn State and Pitt and was a priority target for both. He lined up with Adams in the starting lineup for Pennsylvania’s top prep program in 2015, and fielded offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and many others.
A three-star prospect, Hinish has seen his profile rise lately, earning offers throughout the spring from different top programs. Looking like a lean to Penn State until the Irish offer came through in February, it didn’t take long for Keith Gilmore and the Irish staff to close the deal.
Hinish has earned the “high motor” tag, his highlight reel filled with plays where the Pittsburgh native dominated the point of attack with either power or quickness. After passing on interior defensive linemen last recruiting cycle, Hinish is a great land early in the cycle, a guy who might not be Sheldon Day, but certainly has the look and feel of a Derek Landri-type player, capable of winning at the point of attack with great technique and even better effort.
A busy weekend has taken the 2017 class from four prospects to seven, with recruiting coordinator Mike Elston tweeting that there might be more action to come.