When Notre Dame identifies a sophomore that it likes, the Irish aren’t afraid to offer.
Wednesday morning that trend continued with Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic defensive end/outside linebacker Nana Osafo-Mensah.
The four-star, 6-foot-4, 220-pound edge rusher has recently been one of the most popular sophomores in the country.
In the last month, Osafo-Mensah has collected offers from Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA, and USC. His offer list also includes Baylor, Colorado, Georgia, Texas A&M and Utah.
“I feel really good about getting an offer from Notre Dame,” Osafo-Mensah said. “Notre Dame has always been one of those top schools, in my opinion. Them getting an offer to me helped me feel really motivated and makes me feel that I’m a player who can play at the next level, honestly.”
With Osafo-Mensah’s long arms and wide base, options are plenty in terms of college positions.
“I’m not really sure, but I feel I’ll probably fit best as a pass rusher-type position,” Osafo-Mensah said. “I also feel I can still cover flats and cover-two, cover-three type situations.”
With his offer list shaping up nicely and giving him a strong idea of what his options will be going forward, Osafo-Mensah is eyeing summer visits.
“I’m going to be trying to go out to places like Stanford over the summer and I’m going to try to go to a few camps also,” Osafo-Mensah. “I’m going to try to get to a camp at Notre Dame after this summer if I can.”
Some may assume Osafo-Mensah comes from a typical Texas football-legacy family, but that is not the case.
“I’m actually the first person in my entire family to play football,” Osafo-Mensah said. “We moved from (California) a year after I was born and then we lived in New Mexico until 2005 when we moved to Texas.
“I started playing football in the second-grade because originally, my mom was scared for me to play football because she thought I would get hurt. She wouldn’t really let me (play). My best friend, who is actually the quarterback at our school, Luke Macias, his dad was able to convince my mom to let me play and he’s actually the one who coached me throughout middle school.”
Osafo-Mensah has been shaping his defensive end game for nearly a decade.
“I’ve played a lot of defensive end,” he said. “As I started getting a little bit older, I started playing some linebacker too.”
With Notre Dame having offered and Stanford on his visit radar, Osafo-Mensah is certainly hoping to earn an impressive degree.
“I’m looking at studying business,” Osafo-Mensah said.
Don’t be surprised to see a fifth-star next to Osafo-Mensah’s name in the future. He’s an explosive, well-rounded athlete with an elite frame for his position. He’s going to be fun to watch.