Rashad Kinlaw of Absegami High School visited the University of Notre Dame over the weekend.
The junior football standout was wowed by the university’s tradition and history. He met with coach Brian Kelly on Sunday. The Fighting Irish play on national television every weekend. Their fight song, “The Notre Dame Victory March,” is one of the most recognizable in college football.
Kinlaw thought about making a commitment to attend Notre Dame on a scholarship during the visit.
Instead, he waited one day to see if being away from the school would lessen its sway over him.
Kinlaw verbally committed Monday to attend Notre Dame. A standout high school quarterback, Kinlaw was recruited as a cornerback by Notre Dame, which went 8-5 last season.
"Notre Dame speaks for itself in terms of its history and its academic prowess,” said Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. in confirming Kinlaw’s decision Monday night. “They play on national television every weekend.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Kinlaw is a standout athlete who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He started at quarterback for the Braves as a sophomore and junior. Kinlaw could not be reached for a comment Monday night.
Scuderi said Kinlaw telephoned him Saturday night and told him he wanted to commit to Notre Dame.
“Rashad decided to hold off until he had a chance to get away from the campus to really think about it,” Scuderi said.
Scuderi said Notre Dame needs cornerbacks.
“They’re recruiting several cornerbacks in this class,” Scuderi said. “Rashad will be on equal footing with those players because they’re in the same class.”
Few local fans have seen Kinlaw play defense because of his prowess at quarterback. Kinlaw also missed the final five games of last season with a broken tibia. Kinlaw completed 31-of-53 passes for 315 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Braves, who finished 5-5. He was a Press Honorable Mention selection.
Boston College, Iowa, North Carolina State and Rutgers also offered Kinlaw scholarships.
Kinlaw’s commitment to Notre Dame will not become official until he signs a national letter-of-intent. Kinlaw cannot sign that letter until the first Wednesday of February 2013, under NCAA regulations.
Notre Dame cannot comment on Kinlaw until he signs the letter-of-intent.
The early commitment will give Kinlaw plenty of time to prepare for his senior season at Absegami.
“No matter how many offers you get, you can’t choose five schools to go to,” Scuderi said. “If you have an offer from a school that you think is a great fit for you, what are you waiting on?”
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