All Harry Hiestand needed to do was get another round of prospects on campus.
Hiestand hit with another commitment Saturday, hauling in a verbal pledge from four-star offensive lineman John Dirksen. Notre Dame added Dirksen to fellow offensive line commitment Cole Mabry during an unofficial visit to campus.
“Today I committed to Notre Dame and am very grateful,” Dirksen posted on Instagram along with a photo next to head coach Brian Kelly. “Different school, but close to the same colors.”
Dirksen, who’s from Maria Stein, Ohio, chose the Irish over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State and Northwestern. He landed an offer from Notre Dame in late January as Hiestand began to organize his top targets for the Class of 2018.
Notre Dame now has 12 commitments total in the junior class.
Nine of those 12 are ranked in the four range. Wide receiver Braden Lenzy, safety Derrik Allen, cornerback Kalon Gervin, linebacker Matthew Bauer, defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola, linebacker Ovie Oghoufo, running back Markese Stepp and quarterback Phil Jurkovec are the others.
Jurkovec is slotted highest in the Scout.com rankings at No. 49 overall. Dirksen, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect checks in at No. 190 overall and is rated the No. 9 offensive guard.
Dirksen marks a first commitment from Ohio in the current cycle. Notre Dame already has pledges from 10 different states.