David Adams, ranked as the No. 6 outside linebacker in the Class of 2017, is off the board to Notre Dame, in the most Notre Dame way possible: “God. Country. Notre Dame.”
Adams committed his collegiate future to Notre Dame on Sunday evening, capping a recruiting process in which he’s received scholarship offers from more than 20 schools and interest from many of the nation’s top programs. In the end, Adams went with tradition and his bond with the Notre Dame coaching staff over the home cooking of Pittsburgh or Penn State, not to mention other national powers like Michigan, Stanford and Florida.
“The highlights were all the time I spent with the coaches,” Adams told 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong. “Had some really good time (sic) with Coach (Brian) Kelly, Coach (Brian) Vangorder and Coach (Mike) Elston.”
The Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) star’s pledge is a huge one, even for a program like Notre Dame. In Adams, the Irish add a consensus top-5 inside linebacker recruit who could make a difference in South Bend from Day One on campus. He’s a defending state champion and Notre Dame’s commitment to family and tradition clearly resonated with the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder who flies to the ball like Von Miller in blown coverage.
He was joined at Junior Day by teammate Kurt Hinish, a three-star defensive tackle who is scheduled to commit on Monday night on a Pittsburgh TV station.
Adams’ pledge caps an already successful weekend for the Irish, who earned a commitment from four-star quarterback Avery Davis on Saturday. Davis is a top-10 dual threat QB in the Class of 2017 and is expected to lead perennial power Cedar Hill in its run toward a Texas title and Super 25 ranking in the 2016 season. Davis says he was driven toward Notre Dame in part by Texas’ traditional powers turning their attention to other in-state quarterbacks. Combined with his own commitment to academics and his family’s ties to the Midwest, Notre Dame suddenly became a quick leading option once he received a formal scholarship offer, with Davis’ decision becoming finalized by a comforting visit during Junior Day.
“(Other players getting offers from Texas schools) was a big thing that drove me,” Davis told 247Sports. “Seeing the other guys get those offers, I was saying to myself I can play too, I can do what they do, I can do it better if you ask me. It made me work harder and it’s working out now. …
“(Family has) been pushing me to the Irish since I got the offer. They were real fired up once I got that one and when I made my decision they were even more fired up.”