Following a visit to Notre Dame last weekend, 2013 point guard Demtrius Jackson rang in his commitment.
The Fightin’ Irish won the race for Jackson after initial reports surfaced earlier in the week that a decision would be made on Thursday.
Notre Dame had long been rumored as one of the frontrunners for Jackson, while Illinois and newly-appointed head coach John Groce were not too far behind.
Despite an expected announcement on ESPNU, word leaked early on Thursday that Jackson would play close to home.
An original native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Jackson currently attends Marian H.S. (IN), where he has molded himself into one of the top senior prospects in the country.
Jackson ran with the MBA Select during his time on the AAU circuit and had piled up offers from a number of high-major programs throughout his recruitment. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey however, was on Jackson through it all.
While Jackson should undoubtedly be the headline player in Brey’s class of 2013, the stud point guard does join the previously committed V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia.
The Fightin’ Irish currently feature a back court starred by junior Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant, but once on campus, Jackson should bring a new dimension to the fold for Notre Dame. Known for his speed and strength, Jackson has play making abilities that dub him as a potential star at the next level.
The heavy pursuit of the local product paid off on Thursday for Brey and Notre Dame, as Jackson will be considered of the Irish’s top recruits in recent memory. ESPN list Jackson at No. 19 overall, while Rivals labels him at No. 27.
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