Notre Dame Recruiting: Lynch, Hayes, and Rabasa Say Yes to Irish

Dan ScofieldAnalyst IJuly 30, 2010

In the time span of 24 hours, several media outlets have reported that Notre Dame has obtained verbal commitments from three highly-touted recruits Friday.

The first to pull the trigger, at his 11 p.m. press conference at Grand Blanc High School (MI), was RB Justice Hayes.

Hayes, a four-star recruit, ranked as the 5th-best all-purpose back in the 2011 class, gave Brian Kelly the nod after finding his "wonderland" at Notre Dame. Although coaches will continue to reach Hayes, the 75th overall-ranked player says that he has found the place where he wants to play his college football and get his degree.

The new Irish running back chose Notre Dame over the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Tennessee.

The second of the commitments this weekend turned out to be a surprising one in defensive end/outside linebacker Anthony Rabasa.

Rabasa, an ESPN150 member, said "yes" to the Blue and Gold just three days after his first visit to the campus. After getting a good luck at the University, he decided that the opportunity would be too much to pass up in the long run.

“The perks that come with getting a degree from Notre Dame, opens so many doors. It’s unreal. If you say you go to Notre Dame, everyone is going to be shocked. If you say you play ball for Notre Dame, everyone is going to be shocked," he told Irish Sports Daily.

The 10th-best defensive end in his class by ESPN, Rabasa chose the Irish over an impressive list of cohorts, such as Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, and UCLA.

Last but not least, in what may be the biggest gain of Notre Dame's 2011 recruiting class, the Sun Times is reporting that defensive end Aaron Lynch will announce for Notre Dame on Saturday.

If the report turns out to be true, which at this point looks very likely, the Irish will be getting one of the best defensive ends in this class. Lynch is ranked as this sixth-best defensive end by Rivals and was near the top of Notre Dame's wish list this year.

After an eventful weekend, Brian Kelly has secured commitments from a total of 15 recruits. The target number for this class has been determined to be in a range of 18 to 21 players.