Notre Dame leads for Florida defensive end

A decision is expected this summer for a top Florida defensive end, and Notre Dame may hold the edge over Big 12 and Big Ten programs.

Notre Dame offered defensive end K'Jakyre Daley on May 20.

The Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast pass rusher already considers the Irish among his leaders.

“I honestly was waiting for the Florida offer, but when I got offered by Notre Dame, my dad said I didn’t have to wait for UF anymore,” Daley said. “Notre Dame is legendary for football and education. It’s a powerhouse, all-in-one. They’ve been to the BCS Championship recently and they put really good players in the league.”

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete has three schools tied at the top: Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. 

Other schools that have offered Daley include Arizona, California, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF, USF, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Daley will get his first look at Notre Dame in less than three weeks when he visits for Irish Invasion. Daley’s cousin and fellow Irish target, defensive back Amari Carter, will accompany him on the trip.

A commitment announcement is expected shortly after his trip to Notre Dame.

“I’m going to come home and commit right after Irish Invasion on the radio on 106.3,” Daley said. “I don’t know the exact date, but I’m going to plan that when I get back from my Notre Dame visit.”

Daley has yet to visit Oklahoma or Wisconsin. Currently, no plans are in the works to visit either school before making a decision.  

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and linebackers coach Mike Elston are recruiting Daley for the Irish.

“They like me both for linebacker and defensive end,” Daley said. “They just said they like me as a pass rusher and want me to get to the quarterback wherever I am.”

Daley had 77 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior. Top Stories