Notre Dame football: Irish land defensive end recruit Jason Onye

Jason Onye(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jason Onye(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Notre Dame has landed another 2021 commit in the span of two days, this time from defensive end Jason Onye out Rhode Island.

Jason Onye received an offer from Mike Elston and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team back in December and since then the Irish almost seemed like the instant team to beat. All that was needed was for him to get on campus for the big recruiting weekend which everyone expected would be the time he made it official but that obviously didn’t go as planned with the shutdown.

At the end of the day, that didn’t stop and slow down Onye from wanting to pull the trigger and publicly announce he wanted to be in South Bend. Thursday afternoon he made it known to everyone. —Jason Onye holds 21 offers at the moment from the likes of Tennessee, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and many more.

What with Onye bring to South Bend?

The 6’5″ and 250-pound defensive end is a prospect with an incredibly high ceiling. A lot of people probably want to hear that he will be ready right away but that just isn’t the case. He has a ton of room to develop but the staff thinks when that all happens and comes together he could a diamond in the rough and a great player for the Irish.

His stature and length are outstanding and he also has a ton of athleticism that you can’t teach. Jason Onye’s speed off the edge is impressive and he has a solid first move coming off the line. He’s a wait and see type, but Onye is the type of player who thrives with defensive line coach Mike Elston. Young, raw but has freakish size and athleticism who also has a relentless motor.

This is absolutely why Elston pursued him so heavily and in the end, he got the guy he wanted to develop. I think we will see why this was a really good get a few years from now and I’m all in on Onye as a project type. It is a nice pickup for the defensive line, that’s already a very talented group.

With Onye making it official the Irish now have 10 commits, five on offense, and five on defense. This addition moves Notre Dame up two spots to the 8th class in the nation on 247Sports. Jason Onye is joining defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio and defensive end David Abiara in the class along the defensive line.

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The Irish will try to add one more guy to that group but we will see how it plays out in the next couple months. That trio will bring some solid talent to South Bend and continue the strong play up front for the Irish for the next several years to come.