Five-star offensive tackle Sam Young became the latest Irish commitment to the Irish 2006 recruiting class after announcing his intentions to attend Notre Dame in a press conference aired on ESPN News earlier today.
"For the next four years I'll be attending the University of Notre Dame," Young said on ESPN News. "I just felt the most comfortable with Notre Dame in terms of the three big factors I was looking at--the academics, the athletic program and third, what I thought was most important, how I fit in on the campus with the other players."
Irish coach John Latina also played a big role in Young's decision.
"I think the offensive line coach and the strength coach are the two most important coaches I personally can have," Young said. "Coach Latina, he's at the top of his trade. You don't get much better than him when you look at some of the players he's put in the NFL."
Young's commitment gives the Irish six verbal commitments at offensive line in this class. The St. Thomas Aquinas high school star was Notre Dame's first five-star offensive line commitment, but all five of their other offensive line prospects are rated as four-star players by Scout.com, making this Notre Dame's best haul at offensive line in many, many years.