Notre Dame football poised for big recruiting win at All-American bowl

4-star EDGE Christopher Burgess Jr. will most likely pick the Notre Dame football team when he announces his commitment on Saturday.
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The 2024 recruiting class is officially in the bag for the Notre Dame football team. Now it’s time to focus on the 2025 class. On Saturday, the Fighting Irish could land one of the best players in the next cycle in Christopher Burgess Jr.

To get the 4-star EDGE prospect, Marcus Freeman and company must keep tapping into the magic that already has their class right at the top of 2025 rankings. Burgess is appearing in the All-American Bowl this weekend and is one of several who will announce their college choice during the game.

Late last month, Burgess announced the final four schools he’s considering and it should surprise no one that all of the schools chasing him are among the best in the country. In addition to Notre Dame football, the defender said that Michigan, Alabama, and Ohio State were finalists.

While the Wolverines, Buckeyes, and Crimson Tide are always tough to beat, the Irish have prioritized the 6-4, 240-pound pass rusher.

Burgess is currently rated as the No. 61 overall player in the class by Rivals. He’s expected to start moving up the ranks even higher next fall when he gets even more playing time and gets more polish.

The All-American bowl will help the young prospect earn some polish as well, considering he’ll be taking on some of the best high school players from all over the country.

Notre Dame football stands out from the pack

Should the Fighting Irish manage to win the commitment of Christopher Burgess Jr., it seems likely that the team they’ll have really beat out will be the Buckeyes. Ohio State is considered the other top candidate.

However, the Notre Dame football team seems like the team to beat. Burgess lives just 90 minutes from South Bend and has visited town four times since getting an official offer back on St. Patrick’s Day in 2023.