Notre Dame scored different big-time recruiting triumph connected Monday nighttime with the summation of 4-star linebacker Jaylen Sneed. The top-100 wide enlistee selected Notre Dame had Tennessee, Oregon, and Texas A&M among his finalists earlier successful the process, but this came down to a Notre Dame – Oregon conflict with the Irish coming retired connected top.
Sneed is ranked 70th wide successful the state and 8th astatine linebacker successful the 247Sports composite rankings, giving Notre Dame a full of 4 4-star linebackers successful this rhythm alone. While Oregon was Notre Dame’s main menace for Sneed’s committedness today, determination were a big of different programs vying for Sneed connected the recruiting way this year. Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Texas, and USC each offered successful summation to a batch of different Power 5 programs.
Sneed is present the highest-rated committedness for Notre Dame for the people of 2022 astatine 70th wide successful the composite rankings. Niuafe “Junior” Tuihalamaka was the highest-rated antecedently astatine #107. The lone much highly rated prospects near connected the Notre Dame committee astatine OT Zach Rice (#5), S Xavier Nwankpa (#54), and DE Cyrus Moss (#56). Wide receiver CJ Williams, who galore judge Notre Dame leads for, checks successful conscionable down Sneed astatine #73.
Sneed checks successful a 6’2”, 210 lbs heading into his elder play for Hilton Head HS successful South Carolina and realistically could play immoderate of the 3 linebacker positions successful Notre Dame’s defence depending connected however helium develops. He has that benignant of athleticism. Some person compared him to 2020 Butkus Award victor Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah though Sneed volition yet beryllium a bigger subordinate since he’s already 210 lbs. He’s known for being an elite walk rusher truthful its apt Freeman uses him successful a assortment of antithetic ways.
Prior to Marcus Freeman being named the antiaircraft coordinator for Notre Dame, the Irish were not considered a superior menace for Sneed. They didn’t adjacent connection him until Freeman was hired. Since then, however, Freeman’s done a masterful occupation successful putting Notre Dame successful a presumption to adjacent connected a top-100 linebacker.
Ever since Sneed took a self-guided circuit of Notre Dame successful the outpouring earlier the COVID imposed dormant play was lifted, Notre Dame’s been considered to beryllium successful the driver’s spot for Sneed’s recruitment. His authoritative sojourn successful mid-June lone served to seal the woody it appears.
Sneed’s recruitment is not the emblematic recruitment for Notre Dame. It’s uncommon for Notre Dame to get successful connected a top-100 caliber subordinate aboriginal than different programs and travel distant with a commitment. It’s been much commonplace, however, since Freeman arrived earlier this year.
With Sneed’s commitment, Notre Dame has 4 linebackers successful this year’s people and each of them person 4-star ratings. Niuafe “Junior” Tuihalamaka, Joshua Burnham, and Nolan Zeigler circular retired the quartet. All but Zeigler committed to Notre Dame aft Freeman arrived.
Notre Dame is backmost to 18 commitments wide pursuing Sunday’s decommitment from antiaircraft extremity Darren Agu. The earthy but up-and-coming walk rusher announced helium decommitted from Notre Dame past nighttime with reports of him looking for a programme with a much favorable extent illustration for aboriginal playing time.
Notre Dame moved backmost into 2nd spot successful the 247Sports squad rankings with Sneed’s commitment.