Notre Dame’s defensive line class for 2019 is off to an excellent start. The Irish will be hoping to add to that haul next month when they will officially host another 4-star defensive lineman – Dallas native NaNa Osafo Mensah.
— NaNa Osafo-Mensah (@NaNaOsafo2) February 26, 2018
The brother Osafo-Mensah is referencing is Notre Dame commitment and fellow defensive lineman Hunter Spears. Spears committed to Notre Dame last week joining Jacob Lacey to give Notre Dame a pair of 4-star defensive line commits for 2019. The Irish will be hoping that Osafo-Mensah becomes #3 on his visit.
NaNa Osafo-Mensah is a 4-star defensive end prospect from Dallas, Texas. 247Sports ranks him as the #7 weakside defensive end in the country and the #110 overall prospect regardless of position. Weakside DE was the one position that Notre Dame swung and missed on in the class of 2018 making this a rather important early official visit for the class of 2019.
Osafo-Mensah also has offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and USC among a host of other big time programs. In short, he is a big-time talent who can play pretty much anywhere he wants to.
This won’t be the first time NaNa Osafo-Mensah will be on Notre Dame’s campus. He was on hand for Notre Dame’s successful Junior Day at the end of January.
— NaNa Osafo-Mensah (@NaNaOsafo2) January 28, 2018
Notre Dame did an excellent job getting a lot of talented defensive linemen on campus that weekend. At the time, only Lacey was the only defensive lineman committed, but since then Spears joined him, and now Osafo-Mensah is making a return visit. This time for an official visit now that recruits can take official visits in the spring.
Remember, this is the first year that recruits can take official visits between April and June. Previously official visits couldn’t take place until September of the recruit’s senior season.
There’s a lot of positive momentum here for Notre Dame obviously with the defensive linemen who visited in January all hitting it off and now Osafo-Mensah visiting Notre Dame officially along with the Irish’s most recent commitment Hunter Spears. Should Notre Dame made a major move here, it would obviously be huge for Notre Dame.
According to 247Sports, NaNa Osafo-Mensah will announce his college decision on May 19.