On Friday, Notre Dame received verbal commitments from running back Justice Hayes, linebacker Anthony Rabasa, and cornerback Jalen Brown. If all goes according plan they will add their fourth recruit within a 24 hour period on Saturday morning.
The Irish had long been the frontrunner for Aaron Lynch (6-foot-6, 260-pounds) until the end of June, when he took unofficial visits to Florida and Florida State. After another visit to Florida State, Lynch took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Friday and is ready to announce his decision at 9:00 a.m. today.
Despite constant pressure from Florida, Lynch eliminated the Gators and will decide between Notre Dame and Florida State.
Lynch is ranked as the No. 9 defensive end in the country by Scout.com. He is widely considered Notre Dame's top recruiting target on defense and would be the third defensive end in the 2011 recruiting class, joining Tony Springmann and Brad Carrico.
As a junior, Lynch was named first-team All-State for the 2B classification and first-team All-Area by the News-Press at DE. He finished his junior season with 52 total tackles, 35 assisted, 16 sacks.
According to Geoff Vogt, Scout.com's Florida Recruiting Analyst, Lynch has prototype size for the next level. He is a competitor that plays with a good motor and possesses a quality first step. Lynch shows great lateral mobility. He is raw as a pass rusher relying on his athleticism, so he needs to add some moves to arsenal. Lynch could easily play tight end. He has outstanding hands, and could be a plus blocker.
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