CB Ashton White commits to Notre Dame

TYLER JAMES
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame started July like it spent much of June — by adding another football commitment.

Cornerback Ashton White, a rising senior at Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Md., announced his pledge to the Irish on Twitter late Tuesday night. White committed one day after running back Josh Adams joined the 2015 recruiting class.

The Irish have added eight commitments since the start of June.

"Blessed & Excited to say I am 100% Committed to THE University of Notre Dame!! #GoIrish #ShamrockSoldiers15," White tweeted.

White’s commitment comes just days after reporting an offer from the Irish. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound prospect performed at a Notre Dame camp last week and received word Friday of an offer. He chose the Irish over the likes of Ohio, State Maryland, Boston College and Virginia.

White previously held a verbal commitment with Virginia Tech from December to March.

Notre Dame’s view of White may not line up with the three-star ratings he received from major recruiting services. 247Sports slates him as the No. 43 athlete prospect in the 2015 class. Rivals ranks White outside the top 60 cornerbacks in the class and No. 21 overall in Maryland.

“He's an athletic player in the secondary that can do a number of things,” said Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports director of recruiting. “He's a competitor. He's a tough kid. He's physical.”

“Ashton was looking for a school like Notre Dame to go on him and when they did, it was a no-brainer that he would join the fold.”

Cornerback recruiting appears to be nearing an end with White joining Shaun Crawford and Nick Coleman at the position in Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 16 commits. With Notre Dame likely to sign 20-22 recruits in the class, the Irish may only have room for one more elite cornerback.

"If they were going to go after another player in the secondary, it was going to be a guy that earned it on the field,” Wiltfong said. “Ashton certainly did that."

Watch highlights of White here.

QB Waller picks Oregon

Notre Dame’s search for a quarterback commitment in the 2015 class continues.

On Tuesday, Travis Waller announced a commitment to Oregon. The Ducks offered the four-star prospect from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite just 10 days before his commitment.

Waller never made a visit to Notre Dame after the Irish extended an offer in early June following the decommitment of quarterback Blake Barnett. Waller was the highest-ranked dual-threat quarterback to not hold a commitment before Tuesday. 247Sports has him No. 2 at the position. Rivals ranks him fifth.

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2015 cornerback Ashton White announced a verbal commitment to Notre Dame on Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports).