As far as legendary spots in college football are concerned, the 50-yard line at Notre Dame Stadium is near the top of the list.
That’s where Jordan Pouncey, a wide receiver/safety at Winter Park (Fla.) High, alerted Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly of his commitment to the Fighting Irish for the 2017 class during the annual Irish Invasion.
“We were standing in the stadium at the 50-yard line,” Pouncey told The Orlando Sentinel. “Coach Kelly said, ‘We’re going to take care of you. I know what you want to do and we’re going to help you get there,’ and he really reassured me that I was making the right decision.”
Pouncey, who is 6-foot-3 and 185-pound, was offered by Notre Dame in May and had made pretty much made up his mind. He said he had more than 40 offers, but one from the Irish was what he was waiting for.
“I feel so much weight lifted off my shoulders and it’s for the good,” Pouncey told The Sentinel. “I know that I will be well taken care of at Notre Dame and it’s just a real good feeling to know that I’m going to be spending the next four to five years here. …
“I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s just a great feeling being here and being with the players and with the coaches … it’s just unreal.”
As a junior at Winter Park, he had 17 catches for 515 yards — a whopping 30.3 yards per catch — and seven receiving TDs. On defense, he had 29 tackles, an interception and five pass deflections.
He was the second Central Florida player to commit in two days, joining Bishop Moore defensive end Jonathon MacCollister, who committed Friday.