Notre Dame strikes Gold

Mike Brey and Notre Dame got the news they were waiting for Thursday when Demetrius Jackson joined the fold.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got a huge jolt to their 2013 recruiting efforts on Thursday evening when five-star point guard Demetrius Jackson decided to join the fold. Jackson, a Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian product chose the Irish over Illinois.

His entire life Jackson has lived in the shadow of the Golden Dome. Growing up about 15 minutes from the Notre Dame campus Jackson was a priority recruit or the Irish for the last two years, and now after a long and heated recruiting battle with Illinois he is theirs.

"It was really tough," said AAU Coach Rod Creech of Jackson's decision to pick Notre Dame.

"I don't know if it was one thing, but the ability to be in front of his hometown family and friends was huge. Also I think the ACC was huge. I think those were the two things that weighed most heavy on his heart."

Now Jackson has the chance to be a hometown hero, and Creech feels it is a role that the 6-foot-1 floor general will thrive in.

"I think he will love it," said Creech. "When he is playing in front of sellout crowds at Notre Dame, he loves the show, he likes the lights, I think with him this is an unbelievable opportunity."

For Notre Dame this is huge, Jackson checks in as the No. 24 prospect in the country and the No. 5 point guard overall. He is a five-star prospect and joins two other prospects in Notre Dame's highly thought of 2013 class. Both V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia are top 100 players who already have decided to attend Notre dame, and also they were on official visits with Jackson this past weekend.

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