Josh Barajas surprised many when he committed to Penn State after most felt he was a strong Notre Dame lean. Barajas surprised many again on Friday when he flipped his commitment from Penn State to Notre Dame giving the Irish a 4-star linebacker for the class of 2015.
Barajas, an Indiana native, is ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247 Sports’ composite rankings and is a consensus 4-star prospect across all of the major recruiting services ranking as highly as #113 overall by Scout.
At 6’3”, 210 lbs heading into his senior season, Barajas has the height the Notre Dame staff looks for in their inside linebackers but will need to hit the weight room between now and next summer to add the necessary weight needed to play inside backer on the college level, but he has the frame to easily be able to accommodate adding some good weight.
Before originally committing to Penn State, Notre Dame was considered the odds on favorite to land Barajas. Two months to the day of committing to Penn State, Barajas realized that Notre Dame was the place for him.
In addition to having offers from both Notre Dame and Penn State, Barajas also held offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and Boston College.
Barajas, the 9th overall commitment for the class of 2015, is only the third defensive commitment for Notre Dame at this time joining safeties Nicco Fertitta and Prentice McKinney. McKinney recently gained a 4th star from Rivals making Barajas the second 4-star defensive commitment for Notre Dame.
With the addition of Barajas, Notre Dame adds another versatile inside linebacker to go along with the haul of inside backers that signed as part of the class of 2014 – Nile Sykes, Greer Martini, and Nyles Morgan. Given Barajas’s versatility and Notre Dame’s likely use of more 4-man fronts, Barajas could end up playing any of the positions in the Notre Dame linebacking corps.
Adding Barajas to the #ShamrockSoliders15 after he initially committed to Penn State is a huge win for the Notre Dame coaching staff and gives the Irish recruiting efforts some well-timed momentum with the Irish Invasion on the horizon.