When Jafar Armstrong landed a Notre Dame offer nearly three weeks ago he knew it might be the place he ultimately signed.
Even after being a Missouri commitment since the summer, the 6-foot, 200-pound athlete from Bishop Miege in Shawnee, Kans., figured one look at Notre Dame might be all it took to move him off his first pledge.
Armstrong finally got that look this weekend after trying to keep a low profile about interest in a school he knew plenty about before seeing it.
At Bishop Miege, Armstrong played for coach Tim Grunhard, a former Irish offensive lineman and long-time pro. Armstrong also played with Grunhard’s son at the school, Colin, who will be a preferred walk-on with the Irish this fall.
On top of all that, Armstrong wants to study business and is well-versed in Notre Dame’s top-ranked Mendoza College of Business.
Now Armstrong is Notre Dame’s 17th verbal commitment and only its second receiver, following three-star Michael Young. The Irish initially wanted to land three or four receivers in this class but will likely settle for this pair. Oliver Martin remains on the board but the Irish are fighting Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa for his attention. Notre Dame is also chasing in-state athlete Russ Yeast, but see him as a cornerback.
With barely three days to go until National Signing Day, Notre Dame ranks No. 14 in the Scout.com Team Rankings.