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Consensus three-star defensive back Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Bethel; Hampton, Va.) just chose Notre Dame in a crucial Signing Day development. Owusu-Koramoah picked the Irish over Michigan State and single-handedly doubles the number of defensive backs joining Notre Dame in this recruiting cycle.
Owusu-Koramoah quite literally called Irish coach Brian Kelly in the middle of his Signing Day press conference. Kelly stepped away from the podium to answer it, but not quite out of ear shot of the media or the cameras. Upon returning to the podium, Kelly shared a quick anecdote from Owusu-Koramoah’s official visit: Linebacker and captain Nyles Morgan hosted him. Instead of living it up in the social scene, the two spent the entire weekend in the film room.
Owusu-Koramoah brings the Irish class of 2017 to 20 commits, with one more possibility yet this afternoon in consensus three-star defensive lineman Kofi Wardlow (St. John’s College H.S.; Washington, D.C.), currently a Maryland-commit.
Bethel; Hampton, Va.
Measurements: 6’2”, 188 lbs.
Accolades: Consensus three-star recruit; No. 18 player in Virginia, per rivals.com, and 40th at position
Other Notable Offers: Michigan State, Virginia
Projected Position: Safety/linebacker
Quick Take: Owusu-Koramoah not only picked Notre Dame over Michigan State, but also de-committed from Virginia to focus on the two Midwestern schools. He fills what had been a huge hole in this recruiting class. Prior to his commitment, only Jordan Genmark Heath represented the defensive backfield in the class of 2017. Really, another would have been preferable—perhaps a cornerback to complement the two safeties—but bringing in two this cycle is acceptable, rather than an intimidating shortcoming.
Owusu-Koramoah may project as a “rover”, a crucial piece in new defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s defensive scheme.