Notre Dame football takes big step toward stealing one from Nebraska

The Notre Dame football program has had some serious success in plucking Nebraska's best high school recruits in the last few years.

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The Notre Dame football recruiting machine just keeps on rolling. Already posting the top class in the 2025 cycle, the Fighting Irish are looking to add on in a big way and are looking to do that by pulling another recruit from a state that has become a surprising pipeline.

The Notre Dame football program zeroed in on Christian Jones as one of its top defensive targets fairly early on. Now, Marcus Freeman and company has quite a bit of work to do to pry him away from his childhood favorite Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The Irish took a step towards doing just that this week when the Omaha Westside linebacker confirmed that he’s planning on taking a visit to South Bend for the Blue-Gold game on April 20. Even better news than the unofficial visit during the Spring Game is that Jones is also talking about scheduling an official visit later in the spring or early summer.

The 4-star linebacker has already been to town once, for the Notre Dame football game against Ohio State. However, with 2024 being the year that he can actually sign on the dotted line, things are obviously going to be ramping up. 

When it comes to trying to figure out where Notre Dame stands in what could become a pitched battle with Nebraska football, it appears that Marcus Freeman and his staff have some things in their favor and some working against them.

Notre Dame football takes big step toward stealing one from Nebraska

When he comes to town in a couple of months, Jones will be greeted by a pair of former high school teammates in Teddy and Anthony Rezac. Both brothers decided to leave Omaha for their college years. 

On the other hand, Christian Jones also has a former teammate on the Huskers in Caleb Benning. And of course, there’s the pull of playing for your home state school.

Both programs likely feel as though they are sitting pretty when it comes to vying for his services. Notre Dame football is hoping to find and ace in the hole that will be the big draw to South Bend.