Irish Host Lynch

Aaron Lynch is making his official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. The 5-star defensive end from Island Coach High School (Cape Coral, Fla.) de-committed from Florida State last Saturday and at the same time decided to take a visit to Notre Dame.

Aaron Lynch (6-foot-6, 255-pounds) made two unofficial visits to Notre Dame over the summer, but he has returned today for an official visit.

July 31 was the last time Lynch was on campus, and at that time he made the trip to South Bend to tell the Notre Dame coaches that he wanted to be a part of their program. A lot has happened since that time. Notre Dame struggled out of the out of the gate, dropping three of the first contests of the 2010 season. Then there were the back-to-back losses to Navy and Tulsa.

At that time it looked like the Irish would at best end the season with a 5-7 record. Watching from 1,300 miles away Lynch started to question his decision and ultimately released this statement on October 31.

"I am de-committing from Notre Dame and opening my recruitment back up," Lynch said. "I am looking to stay closer to home and will focus on Miami, Florida State, and Florida over the next two months."

A short time later Lynch decided to commit to Florida State and it looked like that was where he'd spend his college football career.

Then suddenly during the week Aaron spent in San Antonio, Texas practicing for the U.S. Army All-American game, Lynch started to have doubts. Lynch showed up to the event wearing a Notre Dame t-shirt and the speculation grew from there.

Shortly after the game on January 8, Lynch met with the Florida State staff, then eventually the Notre Dame coaching staff. By morning Lynch had contacted the Florida State coaches and told them that he was going to open up his recruitment. He had also made a decision to take an official visit to Notre Dame.

Aaron has already graduated from Island Coast High School and would like to enroll early at the college of his choice.

Lynch arrived on the Notre Dame campus Friday afternoon and if all goes well, he should become the 22nd prospect for Notre Dame's 2011 recruiting class.

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