Four-star athlete Saiid Adebo kept the Notre Dame commitment run going, even without having visited for Irish Invasion last weekend.
Adebo announced a verbal pledge to the Irish via Twitter on Monday afternoon. He made the call over other scholarship offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee, among others.
“Proud to say I’m committed to the University of Notre Dame,” Adebo posted.
Landing Adebo gives Brian Kelly 13 verbal commitments in the Class of 2017 and four total since last Friday. Three-star defensive end Jonathon MacCollister and three-star wide receiver Jordan Pouncey, both Irish Invasion visitors, committed Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Running back Markese Stepp, another Irish Invasion visitor and four-star prospect in the Class of 2018, announced for Notre Dame on Sunday.
It's been a little while since Adebo has visited campus. His first and only trip to South Bend came for Junior Day in the spring. He’s listed the Irish as a serious contender even as other programs started to circle.
Adebo counted Oregon, LSU and Texas among his recent scholarship offers. But those weren’t enough to turn him away from that initial impression at Notre Dame.
“It’s a prestigious academic school,” Adebo told Irish Illustrated after that Junior Day trip. “You’re getting one of the better educations in the U.S. They had an academic presentation for us that they went through with different statistics and explaining what it is to be a student-athlete at Notre Dame.”
Scout.com has Adebo at No. 222 overall in its latest rankings and listed as an athlete. Notre Dame likes the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect at cornerback.
He’s the first cornerback commitment for the Irish in the Class of 2017 and second defensive back, joining four-star safety Isaiah Robertson. Adebo is the third pledge from Texas with four-star quarterback Avery Davis and four-star tight end Brock Wright already in the fold.