Notre Dame football gets its man in former NFL star's son

The Notre Dame football team got its second commit this week with 3-star wide recevier Elijah Burress pulling the trigger.
The Notre Dame Leprechaun and cheerleaders celebrate
The Notre Dame Leprechaun and cheerleaders celebrate / Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame football team hauled in its second commitment in three days. In the process, the Fighting Irish picked up the son of a former NFL star. It was also the first wide receiver Marcus Freeman has added to its 2025 class.

Elijah Burress joins Owen Strebig as the newest members of the Notre Dame football team’s recruiting class. Burress made things official on Saturday evening when he took to social media to announce he would be playing his college ball in South Bend.

Burress is a 3-star receiver who is a rising name at his position. He’s also the son of Plaxico Burress and it’s clear that’s one of the reasons that Marcus Freeman and his coaches are especially interested in landing him. 

The Burress duo are people who have seen football at the highest level, in the most high pressure situations. And they know how play their best ball in those situations. 

Obviously, the Notre Dame football team doesn’t believe that Elijah Burress is worth having on the roster only because his father was an NFL star. The younger family member has already shown that he shines when the spotlight is the brightest. 

Some of his best performances in his junior season were in playoff games for Depaul Catholic. The unranked prospect for most of the recruiting services hauled down 7 receptions for 115 yards and a score against New Jersey power program Bergen Catholic, and he caught 4 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff win over St. Mary.

Notre Dame football gets its man in former NFL star's son

Elijah Burress might have committed to Notre Dame but so far, there haven’t been a ton of power programs after him. That will almost certainly change in the coming months. This almost certainly is the kind of commit that will grow his profile.