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Recruits react to VanGorder firing

Notre Dame fired Brian VanGorder on Sunday as its defensive coordinator. The program’s committed prospects likely won’t be affected by the change.

Notre Dame fired Brian VanGorder on Sunday as defensive coordinator.

Former Irish linebacker Greg Hudson, who joined the Irish staff this summer as a defensive analyst, will assume VanGorder’s duties coordinator the Notre Dame defense for the rest of the season.

The change likely won’t have an effect on Notre Dame’s committed prospects.

“I mean it was an expected move,” said Ovie Oghoufo, a 2018 linebacker from Farmington Hills, Mich. “As far as the impact of me, I don't know yet. But, I am still 100-committed.”

C.J. Holmes, a 2017 athlete from Cheshire Academy, trusts that head coach Brian Kelly has the program’s best interests in mind.

“I don't feel like it’s my place to say anything whether it being positive or negative,” Holmes said. “If that change is made, the school and coaching staff thought it was for the better, so we have to find a way to agree and move on to continue to getting better. Still fully committed.”

Junior linebacker Matthew Bauer out of Erie, Pa., committed to Notre Dame and doesn’t plan to adjust his future  based on this decision.

“No, I’m still committed to the school,” he said. “That’s my place and I don’t plan on leaving it.”

Defensive tackle Kurt Hinish, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., also is 100-percent committed to Notre Dame.

“It does not affect me or my recruiting,” he said.

Defensive lineman Jonathon MacCollister out of Orlando, Fla., is sorry to see VanGorder go but he understands the nature of the business.

“I was expecting it because of the production, but not this soon,” he said. “It's upsetting because I like him but sometimes there needs to be change.”

MacCollister heard the news from his future teammates.

“I found out from the other commits on the group chat,” he said. “Everyone is saying we committed to Notre Dame, not a coach. Regardless (of who is the new DC) I plan on committing to ND.”

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