Notre Dame’s first two commitments in the Class of 2023 were a pair of exceptional defensive ends, and the Irish are once again looking to add another top-flight class.
Notre Dame started the Class of 2023 with a five-star ending Keon Keeley and remarkable ending Brenan Vernonwho was five-star when he signed for the Irish in June.
Tucson (Arizona) Catholic defensive end Salpointe is one of the top targets in the Class of 2024. Elijah rushing, who is one of the top rushers in the country. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound pass thrower just got his offer on St. Patrick’s Day, but he’s been one of the best players on the Irish 2024 roster for some time.
“I’m talking to the coach (Al) Washington once every two weeks through my trainer,” Rushing said. “I’m super excited to get this offer. I’m currently in a Catholic school and Notre Dame is like THE place to go. Kudos to Father John!
This comes after a busy few months of receiving school visits before the off period, visiting schools and receiving new offers. The hustle and bustle can be exhausting for most.
“It’s been like a whirlwind,” Rushing said. “I’m just trying to figure it all out. I say it all the time but it’s so surreal.”
Rushing currently has 13 reported offers, including Notre Dame, Miami (Florida), Michigan, USC and Oregon, among others.
The Salpointe Catholic pass thrower is well regarded by scouting services, ranking 21st overall in the nation according to 247Sports, including as the No. 1 advantage in the 2024 class and the best player in the state. from Arizona. Rivals also ranks Rushing among the top 100 rookies (#96).
He’s coming off a dominating second campaign, recording 75 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks for the 11-3 Lancers. He also added six more quarterback hastes to his stat line. In addition to his impact on the pitch, Rushing is also a 4.0 student in the classroom.
Managing through all the chaos, Rushing developed a three-step system in order to find the perfect school. It’s a great way to make informed decisions.
“First of all, is this the right solution for me? Second, is it a home environment? Third, will I have a fair chance of competing? »
It’s hard to ignore Rushing’s obvious penchant for the Notre Dame program. Still, he tries to stay in the moment and prioritize what’s in front of him.
“Notre Dame of course, but my focus right now is to improve, increase my weight and strength and work on my technique for the coming season,” Rushing explained.
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In the absence of finalized visits for the spring and summer, the schools will strongly urge him to make the trip to their respective university. The talented pass thrower is going to be a busy man over the next few months.
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Content of the Irish breakdown
Notre Dame List 2022
Schedule Notre-Dame 2022
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense
Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
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