Perfect Fit: Jordan Genmark Heath Commits to Notre Dame

Photo from Twitter @SwedishBlackGuy
Photo from Twitter @SwedishBlackGuy

After a month of decommits and dwindling recruiting class rankings, Notre Dame desperately needed some good news on the recruiting front with less than a week until Signing Day.  They got some on Thursday when 4-star safety Jordan Genmark Heath (no hyphen guys) committed to the Irish after visiting South Bend last weekend.

Since the season has ended Notre Dame lost commitments from Jordan Pouncey (WR), Elijah Hicks (S), and Paulson Adebo (CB) without picking up any new additions as Brian Kelly scrambled to completely remake his coaching staff.  The result was a slew of late offers over the last three weeks.  One of those offers was to Jordan Genmark Heath.

(*bonus points for Genmark Heath for that Allen Iverson throwback jersey)

Listed as a 3-star prospect on some services, but a 4-star on 247 Sports, Notre Dame’s newest commitment might just be a tailor fit prospect in Notre Dame’s new defense under the guidance of Mike Elko.  Part of the reason for his lower rating on some services is his positional fit.  Genmark Heath is a bit of a tweener who looks like a perfect fit for Elko’s ROVER position – a hybrid linebacker/safety that takes the place of a traditional 3rd linebacker in his base defense.

Genmark Heath (6’2″, 205 lbs) was committed to Cal at the time of his offer from Notre Dame, but has been trending towards the Irish ever since being offered.  Last weekend’s visit was just the tipping point for Notre Dame.  New defensive coordinator Mike Elko did some strong work here for Notre Dame in a short period of time.  Once Notre Dame got into the game here, Elko was all over Genmark Heath and locked this one up.  A very refreshing change from the work we saw from his predecessor on the recruiting trail.

Connections to Notre Dame

Ever since Genmark Heath picked up his Notre Dame offer the story has been that the Irish were his dream offer.  The only question was, was the offer too little to late.  Thankfully it wasn’t.  Some of that Notre Dame love could have come from a fun connection to the University.  Genmark Heath is high school teammates with Rick Mirer’s Son at Cathedral High School.

Where Notre Dame Goes from Here

With Genmark Heath’s commitment, Notre Dame sits at 16 verbal commitment six days before National Signing Day, but still has a lot of work to do.  With the recent early departure of Tarean Folston and the graduate transfer of Colin McGovern, Notre Dame has lot of room in this class and not a lot of prospects left on the board.

Russ Yeast, Evan Fields, and Kofi Wardlow also visited with Genmark Heath last weekend and are still considering the Irish.  Cornerback Tre Norwood – considered a Notre Dame lean heading into last weekend – committed to Oklahome shortly after returning home from his visit.

Notre Dame hosted linebacker Jeremiah Osuwu and defensive end Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa during the week and will be hosting wide receiver Jafar Armstrong and defensive end Jalen Harris this weekend though they would like to add to that visitor list.

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  1. Good pick-up – someone who fits the scheme ND will be implementing. Hopefully a couple new signees will come ND’s way for signing day.

      1. @ George…concerning Drew, this is outta left field, but I’d like to see him at the middle LB spot instead of Myles Noggin. He’s faster and probably smarter. The way we’ve been using Myles is as a drop back LB certainly not as a rush LB. Put someone who is a speed burner in the safety spot, move Drew into MLB. Move Myles back to where he’ll do the least damage, special teams. But hey what do I know, I only coached my kid’s pee-wee basketball.

      2. I am right there with you on the kid’s pee-wee basketball. Maybe if I could get Little Tommy to perfect his double crossover, my rhetoric pertaining to ND football wouldn’t be so tiring.

  2. Two thoughts after reading the article…

    1. What?? Rick Mirer has a son in HS??
    2. If we are not recruiting him, then hire him as a recruiting assistant.

  3. I’m sure Jordan can cook up some Swedish meatballs for all His new found Fightin ‘ Irish team mates.

  4. A tweener. Some of our greatest players of all times at Notre Dame have been tweeners! I’m happy with it. This man will pan out for gold somewhere on our team: mark my words.

    Bruce G. Curme ’77 ’82

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