MacCollister commitment kicks off Irish Invasion with a bang

Notre Dame has already added its first commitment of its monster recruiting weekend. Defensive end Jonathon MacCollister, who holds over 20 offers, chose Notre Dame over Tennessee and Ohio State on Friday evening while on campus.

Three-star defensive end Jonathon MacCollister of Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore entered the weekend on commitment watch. Hours into his first visit to campus, he shut down the recruiting process with a commitment to Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound strong-side defensive end chose Notre Dame over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Defensive line coach Keith Gilmore headed the recruitment for Irish.

“(Gilmore) said he’s really fired up about me,” said MacCollister upon adding a Notre Dame offer last month.

“I definitely know a lot about Notre Dame. I grew up watching them on TV, know about their tradition, and of course, Rudy.”

Ohio State recruited MacCollister to play tight end. Other programs liked him along the offensive line.

“For me it really doesn’t matter where I play,” MacCollister said. “My decision depends more on the program and the education.”

MacCollister is Notre Dame’s first defensive end commitment of 2017 and second (tackle Kurt Hinish) along the defensive line. His commitment gives the Irish 11 commitments in the Class of 2017 and vaults Notre Dame into seventh place in team rankings.

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