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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

BREAKING: Kendall Abdur-Rahman Talks Irish Commitment

September 9, 2018
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A quiet recruiting weekend for Notre Dame just got a whole lot louder with the commitment of Kendall Abdur-Rahman‍.

The 2019 Illinois athlete just announced his decision on Twitter.

The 6-foot, 175-pounder chose the Irish over offers from schools like Michigan State, Northwestern, Nebraska and Missouri among several others. He can do a lot on the football field, but Notre Dame sees him as a receiver.

“I think it’ll fit me perfectly,” Abdur-Rahman said of the Irish offense following his announcement on Sunday evening.

“They distribute the ball a lot to wide receivers. They just try to get the ball in the playmakers’ hands. I feel like that’s the type of offense I want to be a part of.”

But it was the off-the-field aspect of the University that really made the difference.

“There’s no better school than Notre Dame academically,” the Edwardsville High School star said. “For my future, in case football doesn’t work out, what it means to get a degree from Notre Dame is really what was the deciding factor.”

He said he isn’t sure what he wants to major in just yet, “but I want to go into something to do with sports psychology.”

Abdur-Rahman took an official visit to South Bend last weekend and that also made a major impact.

“I just like how the team is super close,” he explained. “All of the coaches are super close with the team, it’s like a family. I just feel like the coaches have the best interest and it would be a good fit for me.

“Coach Del Alexander is super cool. He definitely played a big part. He always stayed in touch and made it seem like he cared a lot about me. I trust him.”

The Illinois native is also friends with fellow 2019 Irish commit, Kyren Williams, who he’s spoken with recently.

“I actually played with him eighth-grade year and I played against him years before that,” Abdur-Rahman said of Williams. “That kind of helped knowing I would know someone going up there.”

Abdur-Rahman is happy to have the long recruiting process behind him.

“It’s definitely stress-relieving. I can just focus the team now and focus on high school.”

The commitment gives Notre Dame 18 total pledges in the Class of 2019. He pairs up with Maryland's Cam Hart‍ to give the Irish a pair of receivers in the group.

 
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