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Top 2025 INF Bruin Agbayani Impressed By Notre Dame

October 24, 2023
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Notre Dame baseball hasn’t been afraid to throw its hat in the ring with some of the nation’s top prospects under Shawn Stiffler and it seems that relentless effort is paying off with an elite middle infielder in the 2025 recruiting class. 

'Iolani School (Hawaii) infielder Bruin Agbayani has started to build strong bonds at Notre Dame over the last few months as assistants Logan Robbins and Ryan Munger have made him a big-time priority. 

“They reached out over the summer and we continued to talk from there,” Agbayani told ISD. “They would call and check up on me to see how I was doing. We’ve kept in contact at all times. Coach Logan saw me play first and then they sent Coach Munger out to see me play. They just started recruiting me from there.” 

Agbayani is the son of a former big leaguer as his father, Benny, played for the Mets, Rockies and Red Sox, so it might not be a surprise the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has turned into a top prospect, especially to those on O’ahu. 

According to Perfect Game, Agbayani holds a ranking of 9.5 (out of 10), which means potential top 10 round pick and/or highest-level college prospect.

Yet, when Notre Dame came into the picture, it caught Agbayani off guard. 

“I was surprised,” laughed Agbayani. “That’s a long way from home. I had no idea they were interested in me. I was definitely surprised.” 

As it relates to Notre Dame, Agbayani admits he’s still in the process of learning more about the school, but he’s very aware of the success Hawaiians have had on the football field in South Bend. 

“I don’t know a lot about the school,” said Agbayani. “I know they have a good football program and they made it to the College World Series a couple years ago.” 

Robbins has spearheaded Agbayani’s recruitment and it’s easy to tell the 'Iolani School star has taken the conversations to heart. 

“He sounds fun and he wants me to go there,” explained Agbayani. “He’s going to make sure I get better in the classroom and on the field. He wants me to get my education. He wants me to be a great baseball player, but also wants me to get that degree so I am set after my baseball career ends.” 

Notre Dame is far from the only school involved with Agbayani as some other national powerhouses are on him. Oregon State, TCU and South Carolina have also made their presence felt and Agbayani is super grateful for the attention, but he’s also taking it day by day.

“It’s a blessing,” Agbayani said. “ I know I live far from a lot of the schools interested in me. To know that Notre Dame wants me and it's all the way in Indiana, it’s so far away. I’m going wherever the best fit is.” 

Agbayani doesn’t seem to be in a rush to make a decision despite there being a significant wave of commitments from his class this fall. That’s the luxury of being a top prospect. 

“I’m going to make sure I’m picking the school that’s going to help me develop as a baseball player and with my education,” Agbayani explained. “I want to make sure I get the best school and baseball experience from the college.” 

As for when Agbayani could visit Notre Dame, it could happen sooner than later. 

“We’ve been talking about it,” said Agbayani. “I know Coach Robbins has been talking to my dad a lot about coming up for a visit. He wants me to see everything about the school. I know he wanted me to come for three days, so it’d be a longer one to get a feel for what Notre Dame is. I would be able to get around the baseball guys and see practice. 

“I think we could come out during January or somewhere in that area.” 

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