Notre Dame Football Recruiting
The Irish have not landed a prospect out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio since Luke Massa in 2010. St. Xavier is a perennial powerhouse in Ohio’s top division and a Catholic school to boot. They have produced NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Luke Luechly. Why the Irish have not landed more prospects out this school is a great question.
But, this year it will not be because the Irish are not trying. Notre Dame offered St. Xavier High School Linebacker Justin Hilliard on June 11, 2013, the summer before his Junior season. Hilliard repaid the offer by attending Notre Dame’s camp and unofficially visiting the Irish in September.
Since then Hilliard has become a national recruit, garnering offers from Florida to USC. He is rated as a 5-star prospect by 247Sports and the #1 Outside Linebacker prospect in the class of 2015.
Tonight, Hilliard narrowed his choices to 15 schools including Notre Dame. The other 14 schools included Michigan, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio State, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ole Miss, USC, Michigan State, Arkansas and Florida State.
Hilliard has no timetable for making his decision. He told the LandGrantHolyLand.com:
“I’m not 100% sure (when I’ll make a decision). Hopefully sooner, rather than later, but I don’t think I’ll be able to decide on a school until after my senior season. I’ll probably come out with a top 16 or some weird number that like sometime soon.”
Additionally, Hilliard said of Notre Dame:
“I definitely like Notre Dame. I’m very close with the coaching staff up there, their facilities are really nice, and they offer a really good education.”
Justin’s brother, C.J., just signed a letter of intent to play football at Iowa. This makes people believe that the Hawkeyes may be the team to beat. However, Notre Dame likely has as good of a chance as Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Ohio State.