If he's not used to it already, Jack Kiser will become very familiar with US 31.
The three-star linebacker from Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer has already made the drive north to Notre Dame several times. He will have plenty more trips in his future after announcing his verbal commitment to the Irish football program Tuesday night. Kiser shared the news on Twitter after an announcement ceremony at his family's home.
Kiser, who did not immediately respond to a Tribune phone call for an interview Tuesday, made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame in May after receiving an offer from the Irish. He had previously visited Notre Dame in March and last season for multiple home games.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Kiser led his team to a Class A state championship last season. Kiser did a bit of everything for Pioneer including playing quarterback. He passed for 1,193 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,964 yards and 38 touchdowns in his junior season. Kiser added 100 tackles, eight interceptions and 7.5 tackles for a loss on defense.
Kiser also qualified for Indiana's track and field state championships in the shot put and discus.
Kiser's future at Notre Dame will likely come at rover or linebacker. He's the 12th verbal commitment in Notre Dame's 2019 class, and the first at linebacker.
"He's a pretty good player," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "He's very athletic. He can run. He's the kind of guy, especially when they're in-state, you go after a guy like that who can fill out. If he can keep his speed, he can be special."
247Sports slates Kiser as the No. 37 outside linebacker in the 2019 class. Rivals only ranked 35 outside linebackers, and Kiser didn't make the list.
Kiser's commitment could mark the beginning of a big recruiting month for the Irish with several top targets in the 2019 class expected to visit this weekend. With Kiser in the class, 247Sports pegs Notre Dame's group as the eighth best in the country. Rivals ranks Notre Dame's class at No. 10 nationally.