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BREAKING: C'Bo Knows Decision, Irish Bound

February 7, 2018
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It may have taken him a bit longer to be totally sure, but C'Bo Flemister‍ eventually arrived at the same decision as his parents and announced his commitment to Notre Dame today.

Following an official visit to South Bend last month, the 2018 Georgia running back announced he was flipping his verbal commitment from Georgia Tech to the Irish on National Signing Day.

In the end, the 5-foot-11, 192-pounder from Zebulon, Ga., was choosing between Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Tennessee, where he took an official visit a couple weeks ago.

The people he met during his trip to South Bend obviously played a big role in Flemister’s decision.

“The players are really cool,” he told Irish Sports Daily following the visit. “I really enjoyed everybody. I felt like I meshed well with everyone. I think I had good person-to-person meetings.”

Adam Sargent’s presentation on the academic support student-athletes receive was one of those key meetings.

“I could tell he’s really passionate about making sure everyone has structure and is on point when they come,” Flemister told us. “I can tell he’s really passionate and loves what he does. I can tell he’s probably good at what he does; making sure all of the athletes have structure, stay focused and stay on the right track.”

Flemister’s father, Ronnie, was convinced even before Flemister’s presentation was finished.

“If I had a chance to go to Notre Dame, with just that presentation they gave me, I would have signed my name then,” Mr. Flemister said. “I’m serious. I am serious. I really would have.

“I would have signed that letter of intent right then and there. I would have told them, ‘You can bring the paperwork on in right now.’”

Academics has always been a priority in the Flemister household.

“We’re sticklers for education first,” his mother, Cinell Flemister, told Irish Sports Daily recently. “We just made the foundation, and that’s just what he has stuck with. Education is first and foremost with him.” 

Mr. Flemister echoed the importance of academics in the long run.

“You go to Notre Dame and you get that paper when you graduate and it’s forever,” he said. “For the rest of your life, you’ll be well taken care of with that degree from Notre Dame.”

With uncertainty at the running back position heading into the 2018 season, the Irish were also able to sell Flemister on the opportunity for immediate playing time. But his meeting with Brian Kelly was about much more than football.

“He’s a really great guy,” Flemister said of the Irish head coach. “I really like him. He was just saying that he wants to build a relationship and that we’d rarely talk about football. We’d talk about how things were going if I were to come there.”

Notre Dame running backs coach Autry Denson also made a significant impression on the three-star prospect. 

“I think he’s a great guy,” explained Flemister. “I can tell just from what he was telling me about himself that he’s a great guy and he’d be a good guy to learn under and be coached by.”

Flemister joins early enrollee Jahmir Smith‍ in the 2018 running back haul. Both players will be expected to compete with returning backs Dexter Williams and Tony Jones Jr. this fall.

The Pike County standout was initially committed to Georgia Southern, but switched that pledge when the Yellow Jackets offered him in early-December.

 
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