Iowa DE commit Noah Fant schedules Notre Dame visit

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame's search for defensive ends in the 2016 recruiting class put Noah Fant on the Irish radar. While Fant hasn't received an Irish offer, he has maintained contact with the Notre Dame staff.

That mutual interest led Fant, a three-star recruit, to schedule an unofficial visit to Notre Dame for Saturday's USC game. The Iowa commit confirmed his plans with ND Insider on Tuesday.

Fant, a 6-foot-4, 211-pound senior at Omaha (Neb.) South, said he's kept in touch with defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.

"They said they were keeping an eye on me so hopefully soon," Fant said in a text message when asked if Notre Dame had extended an offer.

Notre Dame's 2016 class of verbal commits includes three recruits who project as defensive ends — Julian Okwara, Adetokunbo Ogundeji and Jamir Jones.

If the Irish want to land a fourth defensive end, the short list of recruits who continue to show mutual interest include Carlo Kemp, who visited last weekend, UCLA commit Oluwole Betiku and Alabama commit Khalid Kareem. Fant could emerge as an option if the Irish decide to move forward with an offer.

247Sports slates Fant as the No. 28 weakside defensive end in the 2016 class. Rivals ranks him 36th at the position.

Fant, who plays both tight end and defensive end, caught 41 passes for 512 yards and seven touchdowns through seven games of his senior season. He added 17 tackles and 3.5 sacks on defense.

Iowa defensive end commit Noah Fant will visit Notre Dame on Saturday for the USC game. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)