Returns on recent scholarship offers are starting to come in for Notre Dame with National Signing Day less than a week away.
Three-star safety Jordan Genmark-Heath, a Cal commitment since October, announced for Notre Dame via Twitter on Thursday afternoon. Genmark-Heath took an official visit to South Bend last weekend.
“Me and my family have carefully evaluated my opportunities to excel on the next level and come to the conclusion that Notre Dame is a better fit for me,” Genmark-Heath posted. “It is with great pride I announced that I will be joining the Fighting Irish this fall. This decision did not come easy and I’d appreciate some time now to focus on my family, friends and senior year. This time will never come back and I want to enjoy it.”
Coaching changes and a new scholarship offer helped pave the way for Genmark-Heath to even consider another program.
Cal fired head coach Sonny Dykes earlier this month after four seasons and a 41-45 record. Notre Dame stepped in Jan. 11 with a scholarship offer and followed up by sending assistants — specifically defensive coordinator Mike Elko and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght, to meet with Genmark-Heath in San Diego.
Genmark-Heath followed up by taking an official visit. He gave the Irish his commitment less than a week after returning home to consider his options.
“These past weeks have been the most hectic two weeks of my recruiting process,” Genmark-Heath posted on Twitter. “My world got flipped upside down when the majority of the Cal football coaching staff was dismissed. Until today I’ve been fully committed to Cal and the coaches that offered me an opportunity to be a part of the Cal family.”
Now the 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect is part of a Notre Dame recruiting class looking to build its numbers back up before National Signing Day.
Genmark-Heath makes 16 total commitments in the Class of 2017 and the first for the Irish since Aaron Banks in early December. Genmark-Heath is the second safety, joining four-star prospect Isaiah Robertson, an early enrollee. Two more targets remain in four-star safety Evan Fields and three-star safety/linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
Fields is set to announce Monday during a ceremony at his school. Owusu-Koramoah is currently on an official visit to Notre Dame and will choose between the Irish and Michigan State on National Signing Day.