We are starting to see more recruits commit to schools early these days, giving the fans even more reason to get excited about their teams upcoming season(s).
Notre Dame just received a commit from 6-3 WR Justin Brent, from Speedway, Ind. Brent is a member of the 2014 class and knew Notre Dame was the choice for him right from the beginning.
Brent made his verbal commitment Monday evening with a phone call to coach Brian Kelly.
His visit last Friday marked his third trip to South Bend this year. Brent also visited for the Blue-Gold Game in April and took part in a one-day camp in late June for the coaching staff.
After camp at Notre Dame, Brent went to Ohio State for a one-day camp. As a huge fan of Tim Tebow at Florida, Brent was excited to meet coach Urban Meyer and see what the Buckeyes had to offer.
But, it didn’t take long for him to realize that he belonged at Notre Dame.
The 6-3, 189-pound Brent is said to run a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, ideal size for a down field threat for the Irish. As a sophomore for the Class 2-A Sparkplugs, Brent caught 40 passes for 819 yards and 10 touchdowns. Very solid numbers with a 20.4 yards per catch average.
According to recruiting writer Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com, Brent is one of the top five players in the state of Indiana for the class of 2014.
He’s also received offers from Louisville, Michigan, Northwestern and other Big Ten schools.
Brent’s commitment is the second for the Irish in the class of 2014. Woodberry Forest, Va., linebacker Greer Martini was the first commitment for Notre Dame.
This is a nice pickup for the Irish who will need to fill a large whole at wide receiver after the departure of Michael Floyd. Even though Brent won’t be on campus for another two years, it’s an encouraging sign Kelly and his staff are going after playmakers.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.