Even as Notre Dame began to assemble an elite-level offensive line for the Class of 2023, landing the commitments of four of its top prospects in the spring, one target was still high on the wish list.
This target just moved from wishlist to commit list with Charles Jagusah today announcing its commitment to the Irish.
The 2023 Illinois elite offensive lineman picked Notre Dame over fellow finalist Michigan and a host of other offers including Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, LSU, Oklahoma, Miami and Tennessee, among others.
“The opportunity they provide outside of football, but also the opportunity to play at a university known for its o-line and to play under a coach like (Harry) Hiestand, who is really only a good guy,” Jagusah said. ISD of its decision earlier this week.
The Alleman Catholic High School star got her offer from the Irish last August and was described as “seriously interested” ahead of her first visit last autumn. But Jagusah acknowledged the Irish have moved up the ranks of his list with the composition of South Bend’s new staff, in particular the return of Hiestand and the appointment of Marcus Freeman as head coach.
“It’s a process, you just have to figure it out, but I think it all worked out,” he said.
Jagusah joins a group of offensive line commits that includes Sam Pendletonand Sullivan Abcher, both from North Carolina, Arizona elie paigeand Joe Otting of Kansas. Pendleton started the job by committing in April with Absher a month later and Otting and Paige committing just days apart earlier this month.
“It’s already one of the best o-line classes in the country,” Jagusah said. “I just hope I can add to that.”
Jagusah made four official visits within a two-week period earlier this month, ending the tour with an abbreviated official at Notre Dame.
It’s clear that by then he had pretty much seen everything he needed to see, although he did make a few phone calls afterwards to ask a few final questions. And then there was the moment he let the staff know he was coming.
Jagusah described a kind of mixed reaction from the coaches.
“Everyone was excited,” he said. “Some people were a little calmer than others, some people were just running around screaming for no reason.”
Well, not exactly without reason.
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