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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Aamil Wagner Talks Notre Dame Commitment & More

November 16, 2021

It was tough.

It involved a lot of back and forth, weighing the pros and cons and prayer.

But in the end, that process resulted in a confident decision from Aamil Wagner‍ as the elite 2022 Ohio offensive lineman announced his commitment to Notre Dame over Kentucky, Penn State, Ohio State and others last week.

“I think Notre Dame really just offers the best opportunity after football,” the Wayne High School standout told Irish Sports Daily. “Obviously, football is going to come to an end one day and where am I going to be after that?

“I feel like Notre Dame will set me up for the best possibilities.”

It was a decision that wasn’t finalized until Thursday morning, hours before his live announcement.

“I finally made the decision probably that morning,” Wagner said. “The night before, I was probably up until 1:30, 1:40 in the morning.

“I was talking to my mom earlier that day, kind of going back and forth with the pros and cons, what I like about this, what I didn't like about this or that. I prayed on it with her that morning and I was pretty confident in my decision.”

Wagner credited each school with doing a great job recruiting him on a personal level, including Kentucky, where his older brother played before being hired as a graduate assistant a few months back.

“Kentucky had so many family ties and me being around the program for six years,” he said.

“Penn State did a great job keeping me well-connected with the coaches and keeping me in contact with them. I was just constantly talking to Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Phil) Trautwein, so it was a very tough decision.”

But after all the back and forth, it was the Irish who received the call with good news just before his live announcement.

“They were happy to say the least,” laughed Wagner, who returned from the announcement to a phone littered with text messages and missed calls from Notre Dame offensive line coach Jeff Quinn.

For his part, Wagner is happy to have the decision behind him.

“It feels really good,” he said. “One thing about the recruiting process is it's a bit stressful; having to kind of balance out, not only try to find the best college for my future, but balancing out my own life here in my home and playing sports.”

He expects to do what he can to become a recruiter for Notre Dame now that he’s no longer an uncommitted recruit.

“Obviously, I want to play with the best and be around the best talent. Obviously, Notre Dame does a good enough job as it is bringing in the best guys, but if I can help at all, I will.”

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