Player breakdown, recruiting recap, quotables and big picture implications surrounding Notre Dame football recruiting following the Tuesday evening commitment of three-star cornerback Ashton White to Notre Dame.
Profile: Ashton White
Location: Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara
Rank: Three-star prospect, No. 48 ranked cornerback in 2015
White is a bigger cornerback who plays physical and can jam a receiver at the line of scrimmage. He gets low in his backpedal and also drives on the ball well. He is also physical in run support and has no problem coming up and lowering his shoulder. White also has good ball skills and the hip flexibility to turn and run with receivers. If he can improve his speed a little more and become more consistent, particularly in his technique to keep him in the right position, he will grow markedly as a player. – National recruiting analyst, Brian Dohn
is my leader now," White said, after picking up a Notre Dame offer. "I love it. They're at the top of the list. They have a great campus. Their coaches are very straightforward and they all know football. Coach (Brian) VanGorder has coached in the NFL and you can tell they all care about you as a person not just a player."
"When I was leaving campus, the staff told me they were going to continue to review my transcripts and would let me know soon about my future with Notre Dame," White said. "I was confident in how I performed at camp and I was confident in my grades, so I was hoping this would happen."
"I just want to be 100 percent sure of my decision," White said, after decommitting from Virginia Tech in December. "There weren't any outside influences; I made this decision for myself so I could be sure. I want to compare some places, compare some universities, both academically and athletically."
White picked up his first scholarship offers early last fall from Ohio State, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
In December, White committed to Virginia Tech, only to decommit from the Hokies in March. By May of 2014, White had a top three of Maryland, Penn State and Ohio State.
In early June, White named Maryland his sole leader after a visit to College Park. Yet, two weeks later, he named a top five of Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Virginia. The Irish were the only team in that group that had yet to offer.
White visited the Irish for camp, and he was offered just a couple of days later. He told Irisheyes that a commitment could come at any point this summer, and that Notre Dame was the definite front-runner.
What this means for Notre Dame
Notre Dame now has three cornerbacks on board in 2015 after taking just one in 2014 (Nick Watkins
). Nick Coleman
, Shaun Crawford
and Ashton White all committed to Notre Dame within a one month's time span.
This means Notre Dame is out of the picture for Virginia Tech commit Mook Reynolds
, and likely Pennsylvania native John Reid
. Four-star Ykili Ross
visited Notre Dame this past month and holds an offer, though the interest there is waning on both sides.
Interesting to note that five-star cornerback Iman Marshall
of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly is planning on visiting Notre Dame in the fall for an official visit. Despite Notre Dame's numbers thus far at cornerback, he would be difficult to pass up should he want to become Irish.
Notre Dame's cornerback depth in 2014
Seniors – Josh Atkinson
, Cody Riggs
(Fifth year grad)
Juniors – Matthias Farley
(RS), Jalen Brown
(JS), Keivarae Russell
Sophomores – Devin Butler
, Cole Luke
Freshman – Nick Watkins