Irish corner target goes back on market

Mike Elko’s push to add another defensive back to his first recruiting class at Notre Dame just got a boost.

A week ago Jason Pinnock made first contact with Notre Dame.

It took barely a day for the two-star cornerback from Windsor, Conn., to tentatively set an official visit for South Bend for the Jan. 27 weekend, even without an offer in hand. But when defensive coordinator Mike Elko reached out and told the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete that he was “very impressed” with his game, it made an impression.

Now, barely a week after that contact, Pinnock is officially back on the market.

He announced his de-commitment from Boston College on Thursday, but added that the Eagles remain in play. In addition to Notre Dame, Pittsburgh has also shown interest in the East Coast prospect with some Midwest roots.

Pinnock’s father, Louis, played at Indiana in the early 1990’s.

Pinnock said he’s also been in contact with four-star athlete C.J. Holmes, who played for Cheshire Academy, located less than an hour south of Windsor. Pinnock connected with Holmes last week after the contact with Elko.

“I know a little bit about ND because my father went to school at Indiana and he was considering Notre Dame for a second himself,” Pinnock told Irish Illustrated. “The academics set the university apart from any other and that’s what I like about it.”

The Irish have three commitments from defensive backs, with safety Isaiah Robertson set to enroll for the spring semester in less than two weeks. Cornerbacks Paulson Adebo and Elijah Hicks round out the class, but Adebo could have a future at wide receiver after an impressive week there during the Under Armour All-America Game week.

With just one receiver – Michael Young – committed to Notre Dame following Jordan Pouncey’s decision to de-commit, an Adebo flip and Pinnock get could help Notre Dame make ends meet at two positions.


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