Tommy Rees (6-foot-3, 192-pounds) had just received his scholarship offer last week, but he didn't want to wait any longer, as he became Notre Dame's 11th commitment.
"I committed to Notre Dame this morning," Rees responded when asked about his decision. "I called coach Powlus, coach Ianello and coach Weis this morning and told them that I wanted to commit. They were very excited and so was I. Everything felt right and I couldn't be happier with my decision.Rees' final decision came down to Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Stanford. There was one thing in particular that stood out to Rees when he made his decision.
"The football tradition," Rees explained. "I'm huge on tradition and you can't beat Notre Dame's tradition. I'm excited to be a part of it. The coaches were great as well. The education is great, so you can't beat that either. Those are the main three things that put me where I am now.Once he makes it to campus, Rees will likely have a year or two to develop, as Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist will likely lead the Irish. That doesn't mean that Tommy doesn't have goals for his first couple years at Notre Dame.
"I just want to go in there and compete," Rees said. "Everyone wants to go in there and be the No. 1 guy, so I plan on going in there and giving myself the best opportunity to do that. Everywhere you go there's going to be competition, so I'm just going to go out there and be ready to compete. Being the No. 1 guy is my goal though.There is no question about it, Rees will be the No. 1 guy for Lake Forest this year.
"Football started last week," Rees said. "My main focus for the rest of the summer will be to get the team ready for the coming season. I'm really excited for my senior year. I'll definitely make it over to Notre Dame for a couple games this fall."