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Coach Sees Natural Fit For 2024 LB Bodie Kahoun & Notre Dame

May 16, 2023
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From the start, Alan Fiddler saw Bodie Kahoun‍ and Notre Dame as a potential match.

And now that his star 2024 linebacker has committed to the Irish, the Patrick Henry (Va.) High School head coach still sees it that way.

“I think it's a great fit,” Fiddler told Irish Sports Daily following Kahoun’s announcement Monday morning.

“We're excited about it. Like I said, I think it's a great fit for him at the school and I think he'll fit in football-wise and academic-wise.”

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Kahoun gives the Irish a pair of linebacker commits in the Class of 2024, joining Nebraska’s Teddy Rezac, who announced his pledge on Friday.

Fiddler pointed to the Irish and defensive coordinator Al Golden’s enthusiasm in Kahoun as a prospect.

“They're excited about having him,” said Fiddler. “Al really did a great job of recruiting him. He was one of their top targets linebacker-wise.

“I think Bodie - with his athleticism and his speed - really fits into today's college football game. He is also a physical kid who can run and hit. So, he should have a good career.”

A one-time Ohio State lacrosse commit, Kahoun chose Notre Dame over offers from schools like Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Indiana, Maryland, Utah, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others.

A former safety, Kahoun grew into a linebacker during his junior year, which played a major role in him becoming a national prospect.

“I think that was huge,” his coach said. “That's why he turned into a big-time recruit. He got to be 6-3, 220 and he's 4.5 kid. With all the spread offenses and the RPO game, you need a kid who can move in there. He's definitely athletic. He can run and he is very physical, so he fits well with that position.”

Kahoun had planned on taking official visits to Notre Dame, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech next month before making a decision, but ended up deciding there was no reason to wait any further.

“I think it just got to be time,” his coach said. “He'd already been to those schools a couple times each. It wasn't like he didn't know what he was going to see when he got there on his official. He'd already been to each school at least twice on unofficials.”

Kahoun visited South Bend in March and was back again for the spring game last month.

“He met everybody, saw the facilities and all that,” said Fiddler. “It was time to go ahead and get it done and not take a chance of not having opportunities.”

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