Irish flip Barajas

Notre Dame has flipped former Penn State four-star linebacker commit Josh Barajas. The in-state 'backer gave his pledge to Notre Dame on Friday morning.

On Friday morning, four-star linebacker Josh Barajas decommitted from Penn State and subsequently gave his verbal pledge to Notre Dame.

The Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean standout was offered by Notre Dame in March on a visit to campus, and he named the Irish his leader. In fact, Barajas came close to committing to Notre Dame during his trip.

"Coach VanGorder is a really cool guy," Barajas said at the time. "He really seems like he has all of his priorities straight. He's really confident, and he definitely knows what he's talking about. That's when I thought about committing, when I was talking with him. But, I thought I should think about it a little more."

However, after a visit to Happy Valley, Barajas committed to Penn State shortly thereafter.

Barajas, the first in-state prospect Notre Dame offered in 2015, is commit No. 9 for the Irish, and he's the first linebacker as well.

Notre Dame projects Barajas to play outside linebacker. Currently, Notre Dame would like to take three linebackers in this cycle.

Barajas is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 1 player in Indiana, No. 11 outside linebacker, and No. 113 player overall. Top Stories