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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Top 2025 LB Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng Understands What Notre Dame Can Do

January 21, 2024

Anybody who was worried about what the recruits would think of the weather during Notre Dame’s Junior Day needed only to take a peek at Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng’s Instagram Stories from the day.

“I was outside enjoying the great weather, doing snow angels,” the 2025 linebacker from Virginia told Irish Sports Daily afterward. “ I had a great time. Everything went great.”

The IMG Academy star pointed to his meetings with Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman, defensive coordinator Al Golden, linebackers assistant Max Bullough and the other visiting recruits as some of the highlights.

“Just meeting all the people who really care about the system,” he said. “Seeing Deuce Knight‍ and just seeing the brotherhood that they have for the school, it was a great time.”

The message from the coaching staff was a simple one.

“Mostly, all they were talking about is how Notre Dame separates from all the other schools,”  Owusu-Boateng said.

“How they can compete for national championships, and then also at the same time, give you a top degree education, that you can leave Notre Dame and know that you have a job in any field that you want to work in because that degree is life-changing.”

Owusu-Boateng was impressed with the coaches as people as well.

“Those guys are great guys,” he said. “Those guys are the type of people who I want to surround myself with. First of all, they have tons of wisdom and that's a big thing for me as a young guy, gaining wisdom throughout my life. Those guys are great.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has dozens of offers from top programs across the country like Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Oregon and USC among several others.

“The next step is just taking each day step by step and not rushing it,” he said. “Every day will just take care of itself, God willing. I'm just taking this slowly and just seeing other options and seeing what separates them from all the other colleges. God willingly, sometime in December I'll be committing.”

He said he’ll “probably” make trips to Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Central Florida and Ohio State before making that decision.

He also said he’ll “most definitely” be back in South Bend, possibly for an official visit in the summer.

The Irish figure to continue receiving an assistant from Owusu-Boateng’s brother and former Notre Dame star, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

“He's basically emphasizing that Notre Dame does it their own way; that they're great in football, they're great in academics, they're great in their development for you as a man,” Owusu-Boateng said of his brother. “So you come there and you do what you have to do and you'll be successful.

“He's just telling me what Notre Dame did for him and what it can do for me. I wouldn't really say that he's pushing it, but he's really telling me and then showing me what Notre Dame did for him and then that's what they can do for me.”

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