ND chasing 4-star linebacker

Georgia’s top outside linebacker was surprised Sunday when he learned Notre Dame had offered. Now Jaleel Laguins wants to know more, although he has a crowded leaderboard.

Notre Dame has been active on the Peach State recruiting trail, and on Sunday the Irish offered four-star outside linebacker Jaleel Laguins of Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County.

“We have never talked on the phone or on Twitter, so it really surprised me,” Laguins said. “(Brian VanGorder) followed me on Twitter, but he didn’t message me. Then, I found out I was being offered today, so it was out of the blue.”

Laguins referenced Notre Dame’s academic reputation as what stands out to him about the program.

“I know Notre Dame is a big educational school, and that’s important to me,” Laguins said.

The 6-foot-2, 216-pound linebacker considers his top schools (in order) to be: Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and Florida.

“I still have a big list, and I’m wide open right now,” Laguins said. “You only get recruited once to be a college athlete, so I am going to enjoy it all and take my official visits. If I get invited to an all-star game, I’ll commit there, but if not, I’ll wait until signing day.”

Laguins says there’s more research to do before he considers Notre Dame a top school on his list.

“At the very moment, I can’t put Notre Dame up there,” Laguins said. “Yes, it’s a big offer, but I feel like I have more homework to do and I need to build a relationship with the coaches before I add them to the list. That is something I am interested in doing as I figure things out.”

Laguins has plans to visit multiple schools in the South this summer.

“Definitely Georgia, and North Carolina, Auburn, Florida State, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.” 

Laguins is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 11 outside linebacker in the Class of 2016.

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