Notre Dame Football Recruiting

BREAKING: Austin Is Irish

August 11, 2017

Kevin Austin Jr. always talked about picking a school that could benefit him athletically and academically and today, he did just that with the 2018 Florida wide receiver announcing his verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

The Irish were high on the 6-foot-3, 198-pounder’s list from the time he received his offer almost a year ago and their spot among his finalists was cemented when he visited South Bend for Notre Dame’s spring game back in April.

“It was great,” the North Broward Prep standout said at the time. “Everything I asked for, they provided and we got to see.

“It was a great experience overall, great academics, great football and a great coaching staff.”

But Notre Dame still had to beat out Austin’s other finalists, Duke, Miami and Tennessee, to land his pledge today. The Blue Devils made an especially strong push, offering up a similar strong academic program for Austin to take a close look at.

But in the end, it was the Irish who won out. Notre Dame assistant Autry Denson headed up the recruitment while receiver coach Del Alexander, offensive coordinator Chip Long and head coach Brian Kelly also played crucial roles.

Austin gives the Irish 16 verbal commitments in the Class of 2018 and a pair of big outside receivers along with the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Micah Jones from Illinois.

Notre Dame is getting a standout player and person in Austin, according to North Broward Prep strength coach John Garrish, who called Austin “a four-star receiver and a five-star character.”

“Everything he does from a personality standpoint, from a character standpoint, from the classroom setting to weight room setting to the practice field setting matches or exceeds his ability as a football player,” Garrish told us. “You itch and beg for a kid like Kevin.”

Notre Dame just got one.

Stay tuned to Irish Sports Daily for more on this breaking story.

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