On Thursday night Notre Dame suffered its first de-commitment in more than a year when four-star junior defensive end Robert Beal backed off his Irish pledge.
It is unclear at this point if Notre Dame will be in position to re-enter the mix for Beal’s services.
The Norcross (Ga.) product committed to Notre Dame in November over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State.
Beal’s grandmother resides in South Bend, which played a part in Beal’s decision to commit in th first place.
Multiple programs, including Clemson, Georgia and Florida State, continued to recruit Beal throughout his Irish commitment. He plans to attend Junior Day in Tallahassee this Saturday with Alabama a likely stop later this month.
The last player to de-commit from Notre Dame was safety Prentice McKinney, who flipped to North Carolina in January of 2015 before ultimately signing with Oklahoma a month later.
Notre Dame and Ole Miss were the only top-10 finishers in this year’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll that did not suffer a de-commitment in the 2016 class.
Beal’s de-commitment leaves Notre Dame with four commitments in the Class of 2017, all of which are four-star prospects.