Ovie Oghoufo didn't need to see much more of Notre Dame to call it his future home.
Last month the four-star junior linebacker from Farmington Hills, Mich., visited campus and scored a scholarship offer. He returned Wednesday for another look and left as a verbal commitment. Oghoufo announced his pledge via Twitter.
“First of all, I would like to thank God for this extraordinary blessing,” Oghoufo posted. “Secondly, I would like to thank my family for supporting me from the start! Lastly, I would like to thank all the schools that took time in recruiting me and giving me an opportunity to achieve my goals academically as well as athletically.
“At this time I would like to end my recruiting process and announce my full commitment to the University of Notre Dame.”
Notre Dame won out over scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, Boston College and several MAC programs.
Oghoufo gives the Irish five commitments in the Class of 2018, all but one of which are rated in the four-star range. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec checks in at No. 46 overall in the latest Scout rankings. Running back Markese Stepp (193), defensive end Jayson Ademilola (211) and Oghoufo (238) are all ranked as well.
Most of those pledges have come this summer. Stepp, linebacker Justin Ademilola, Jayson Ademilola and Oghufo have all pulled the trigger since mid-June.
Overall, Notre Dame has piled up 12 commitments in the class of 2017 and 2018 since the beginning of Irish Invasion.
Oghoufo is just the latest.
Check back on Irish Illustrated later for more on Oghoufo’s commitment.