The roller coaster recruiting saga of Aaron Lynch has come to and end. According to several media outlets, Lynch, one of the nation’s elite defensive ends, has committed to Notre Dame and will enroll in classes on Tuesday.
The recruitment of Aaron Lynch will go down as one of the crazier recruiting stories in some time for Notre Dame. After originally committing to Notre Dame over the summer, Lynch rethought his commitment in the fall and opened his recruiting back up.
By November, Lynch decided on Florida State and gave no indication, at least publicly, that he had any doubts.
Fast forward a couple months to the Army All American Bowl. Lynch showed up to the annual high school all star game sporting a Notre Dame t-shirt setting off speculation. Despite his choice in attire, Lynch told several reporters during the week that he was still committed to Florida State.
Last Friday, however, reports began to surface that Lynch was opening up his recruiting. After some conflicting reports over the weekend, we learned on Sunday that Lynch had actually decommitted from Florida State an would be visiting Notre Dame this weekend.
After a quiet week of news on this front, Lynch indeed made it to Notre Dame this weekend where he recommitted to the Irish where he’ll team up with Stephon Tuitt to give the Irish the most talented pair of defensive ends in a single recruiting class since the days of Lou Holtz. More importantly, Lynch and Tuitt compliment each other very well in Notre Dame’s defensive scheme with Tuitt being the bigger end and Lynch the faster, pass rushing end.
With Lynch and Ishaq Williams enrolling in classes on Tuesday, both will be able to participate in off-season workouts and spring practice which should give them a great chance to crack the two-deep by the fall.
Brian Kelly and his staff, Tony Alford especially, really showed their recruiting prowess in their recruitment of Lynch. Their work and determination here allowed the Irish to reel in one of the best defensive ends in the country. Combine this with the stories of Bob Diaco making a 4:30 AM visit to Ishaq Williams on Friday to secure his commitment and it’s hard not to be impressed with what this staff has be able to do.
Lynch’s commitment caps off one heck of a week for Kelly, the Irish, and Notre Dame fans all over. The week got off to a great start with Michael Floyd deciding to come back for his senior season; got better with the new of Williams committing on Friday, and finished up with Lynch’s recommittment to the Irish on Saturday.