Bilal Discusses His Pledge

Linebacker Asmar Bilal of Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis explains why he chose Notre Dame over Michigan and what led him to pull the trigger on Thursday morning.

Notre Dame picked up a long-awaited commitment from in-state linebacker Asmar Bilal, a four-star prospect of Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis, on Thursday morning.

"It's always been on mind, but I was thinking about it more these past few days," Bilal said. "I'm not exactly sure when I knew. It was a gradual thing. I just went with it... I'm pretty excited. It's a relief. I'm happy to roll with it now."

Bilal, who projects as a weak-side linebacker at Notre Dame, has yet to speak directly to Brian Kelly, or to any Notre Dame coach for that matter, since his commitment.

"I haven't even talked to Coach Kelly yet," Bilal said. "My coach texted Coach Elston to let him know that I was committing. The last time I talked to Coach Elston on the phone was yesterday or the day before."

"He (Elston) told me that there was another linebacker (Te'Von Coney) committing to either Florida or Notre Dame on Tuesday of next week, and that Notre Dame only had one more linebacker spot between the two of us unless Brian Kelly would decide to take me, too," Bilal added. "The spot was basically up for grabs, and I didn't want to wait on it. That's why I committed today."

Bilal told Irish Eyes on Thursday morning after his commitment: "I was done waiting it out. I had all the info I wanted, so I just made the decision that fit me best. I couldn't let the opportunity skip by."

Notre Dame ultimately edged the Wolverines to land Bilal, whose most recent visit to either school occurred in June. Asked if Michigan's disappointing season thus far contributed to the reasoning behind his decision and Bilal said that wasn't the case.

"No, not really," Bilal said. "Both (schools) have their different strong points. Notre Dame is more convenient, and my family and friends can come to all of my games. It was pretty much about all the good things I've been saying about Notre Dame all along - academics, football and tradition."

"My mom is really happy for me," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker said. "She would have been happy no matter what I decided."

He added that he's unsure if he'll make it to South Bend for either of Notre Dame's remaining two home games in November.

"I'm not sure about my schedule, but hopefully they win this weekend," Bilal said. "It's going to be a great game."

Bilal is a four-star linebacker and is ranked as the No. 8 outside 'backer in the class of 2015. He makes commitment No. 20 in Notre Dame's 2015 class, and the third from Indiana, joining defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum and linebacker Josh Barajas.


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