Deon McIntosh couldn’t turn down the value Notre Dame offered.
That’s why the three-star running back from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., publicly came off the market on Monday morning.
“The great tradition they have in football and also after football,” McIntosh said. “Getting a degree there, you are set.”
McIntosh announced via Twitter on Monday, but his decision was made last Friday.
“I told the coaches on Friday,” McIntosh said. “They were all excited and happy for me. They welcomed me to being a part of the family.”
West Virginia and Miami were the other finalists. The Mountaineers led for McIntosh for a majority of his recruitment. It wasn’t until last month that the Irish took over the top spot following a trip to South Bend for the USC weekend.
“It was after my official visit to Notre Dame that I realized that’s where I wanted to go,” McIntosh said. “I loved my visit. The Basilica and Touchdown Jesus were my favorite parts.”
Notre Dame running backs coach Autry Denson made McIntosh a priority recruit for the Irish in this cycle. Denson visited McIntosh during the Irish bye week, accompanied by head coach Brian Kelly. But it was McIntosh’s area recruiter and future position coach that impressed him the most.
“He’s a wonderful guy,” McIntosh said. “He was with me all through my decision every day talking to me and just having that connection and relationship with me. I can’t wait for him to coach and mentor me.”
McIntosh, ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout, exhibits versatility coming out of the backfield or lining up in the slot. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound back shows good balance after initial contact and a forte at staying on his feet and fighting for extra yardage.
“I get in the open field and make plays,” McIntosh said. “My instinct running the ball, I’m quick, and I make a man miss. I’m going to be a complete football player.”
McIntosh is Notre Dame’s 18th commitment in 2016. He joins Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star Tony Jones Jr. to comprise Notre Dame’s running back haul. He’s also the fifth Florida prep prospect in the Irish haul, joined by safety Spencer Perry, receiver Kevin Stepherson and offensive guard Parker Boudreaux.