Councell is No. 12 has confirmed that Ben Councell from A. C. Reynolds High School (Asheville, N.C.) has committed to Notre Dame. Councell is the 12th verbal commitment for Brian Kelly and the 2011 recruiting class.

Irish Eyes confirmed with Victoria Councell, mother of Ben Councell (6-foot-5, 210-pounds) that Ben committed to Notre Dame.

"He verbally committed to Notre Dame yesterday afternoon," Victoria Councell said. "My husband went to visit the other weekend with Benjamin, he came back with such an encouraging report. With all the colleges that he's been visiting, Notre Dame seemed to be the best fit for Benjamin, in the sense that he's a tall fast defensive end type of player.

"A lot of the colleges seemed to be offering these scholarships to bring him in to a position where they were going to add 60 pounds to him and form him to the position, whereas, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech seemed to have a position already for him, in terms of his height and weight.

"So, Notre Dame seems to have a perfect position for what Benjamin plays. I like that. For this kid it seems like a perfect fit." Top Stories