Notre Dame closing in on major commitment: Mark Zackery set to join Irish

Notre Dame football aims to secure top Indiana prospect Mark Zackery's commitment over Cincinnati, Florida, and Michigan this Saturday.
Ben Davis Giants Mark Zackery (4) rushes up the field
Ben Davis Giants Mark Zackery (4) rushes up the field / Grace Hollars/IndyStar / USA TODAY

The Notre Dame football team might be about to haul in its next big defensive back prospect. The Fighting Irish will find out where Mark Zackery plans to call home later Saturday afternoon as he'll be picking between Cincinnati, Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame.

Zackery, the best player in the state of Indiana, has long been considered a lean towards Notre Dame, though there are some who are worried that it took this long to pull the trigger. The time to worry could be over on Saturday afternoon. Or it could be time to wonder what happened and why he didn't pull the trigger for the Golden Domers.

Notre Dame football looking to wrap up commitment of Mark Zackery

Zackery's commitment has been coming for a while now and certainly it's believed that he's a strong lean towards the Fighting Irish. However, things always get interesting when push comes to shove.

Zackery, who ranks as the nation’s No. 89 overall player and No. 10 cornerback in the country according to the On3 Industry Ranking, will announce his pledge at 2pm. He's one of those recruits who plans on pulling the trigger with an On3 livestream that every Notre Dame football fan can tune in and watch.

In total, 32 schools have offered the defensive back. Among the schools that have come calling during the recruiting process some of the biggest programs around showed interest including Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon, Southern California and Texas A&M.

When looking at just how likely it is Zackery will end up somewhere other than Notre Dame, it's important to remember that Florida was a dream school for the Indianapolis prospect growing up, and Michigan has stepped forward as a major contender. He has a strong connection with the Bearcats’ staff, too.

Knowing all of that, Notre Dame football is still almost certainly the team to beat. We'll find out if he's officially the newest member of the Irish 2025 recruiting class this afternoon.