Pflueger discusses Irish commitment

Shooting guard Rex Pflueger discusses his commitment to Notre Dame, including what sealed the deal in his decision.

Irish head coach Mike Brey picked up his third commitment in the class of 2015 when three-star shooting guard Rex Pflueger of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei pulled the trigger for the Irish last week.

Pflueger visited Notre Dame when the Irish took on Michigan in football.

"It was about how comfortable I felt at Notre Dame when I visited," Pflueger said. "I got a really good feel of campus, the coaches were amazing, and I was able to talk with Pat Connaughton and Jerian Grant. They're great guys, and they were a pretty big factor in my decision."

"There was so much history on campus," Pflueger added. "The USC - Notre Dame rivalry is one of sports' greatest rivalries, and all of the tradition that goes along with Notre Dame, it's pretty magical."

The evening before Pflueger gave his verbal pledge to the Irish, Brey made a visit to his home.

"That visit sealed the deal," Pflueger said. "I was still a little bit on the fence heading into that visit. I wanted to hear Coach Brey one last time and make sure everything I thought was true. Basically, I wanted to make sure I would have the opportunity for early playing time."

Pflueger ultimately chose Notre Dame over San Diego State. Rounding out his top four were California and Washington State.

"I knew I wanted to commit to early, and after eliminating Arizona State after they got another commitment at my position, it was down to those four," Pflueger said. "It was two or three days before I committed that I narrowed it down to just Notre Dame and San Diego State, and I knew I wanted to go to Notre Dame."

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard described his game:

"I like to do a little of everything, but I love to play defense," Pflueger said. "A lot of players don't like that. I'm strong with the ball, and I'll play some point hopefully. Coach Brey said I would have the freedom to bring the ball up. Passing is another one of my main strengths."

Pflueger joins three-star small forward Matt Ryan and three-star combo forward Elijah Burns as members of Notre Dame's 2015 class.

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