Oct. 8, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

Jaylon Smith commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame landed one of their best defensive recruits of the 2013 class on Saturday. Outside linebacker Jaylon Smith committed to take his talents to South Bend.

The 6 ft 3 in, 215 player from Bishop Luers High School was expected to go with Notre Dame, but took his time making a decision.

“The thing was, when I saw it, I knew,” Smith told 247Sports. “But the thing was, when you first see something and you’re so geeked up about it, later on, it doesn’t end up being so cool. I wanted to make sure that’s where I wanted to go. It never wore off. And I wanted to get back to Ohio State and give other teams a shot and see if anyone was better than Notre Dame.” -cbssports.com

With Manti T’eo leaving next year, this is a great find for Notre Dame. He is a very good at stopping the run and has terrific tackling ability, all things we will miss from T’eo. This 4-star pickup is exactly what Brian Kelly can work with. He sure can develop into a superstar for the Irish.

He reported offers from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC.

Smith’s brother, Rod, is a running back from Ohio Sate. So, some people thought that he would head to Columbus with his brother. Thankfully, they were wrong.




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