Notre Dame adds commitment from 2016 RB Deon McIntosh

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Deon McIntosh had seen enough.

On Friday, he made up his mind. On Monday, he shared his decision with the world.

The senior running back recruit announced his verbal commitment to Notre Dame on Twitter.

“Blessed to announce that I am officially committed to THE University of Notre Dame #GoIrish,” McIntosh tweeted.

McIntosh visited Notre Dame in October for the USC game. In the weeks following his official visit, the decision became clear to him.

“It’s Notre Dame,” McIntosh said Monday afternoon. “They have such a great tradition of football, and it’s one of the top schools in the country. I felt it would be a good fit for football and after football.”

Notre Dame beat out the likes of West Virginia and Miami as the biggest contenders in McIntosh’s recruitment. He also claimed offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others.

McIntosh consulted with his family and his coaches and principal at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons. The school’s principal, Paul Ott, is a Notre Dame graduate.

“I got different points of view from a lot of people and looked hard at it,” McIntosh said. “I had a good relationship with the (Notre Dame) coaches, (running backs) coach (Autry) Denson. I talked to him almost every day. He was telling me to take my time, pray over it and talk to my family about it.”

Now all that’s left for McIntosh is to sign with the Irish in February. He became the 18th verbal commitment in Notre Dame’s 2016 recruiting class. He joins Tony Jones Jr. at the running back position.

But McIntosh could do more than line up in Notre Dame’s backfield. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect could also serve as a slot receiver and return specialist. What Jones brings in power, McIntosh brings in speed.

“He's got good all-around skills, so I think he's a good catch,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who thinks McIntosh may turn out to be a better slot receiver. “Notre Dame needs speed and he's got some speed, and he plays against great competition down in south Florida. You have to give him a lot of credit for that.”

McIntosh reportedly runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.4-4.5 seconds range. Asked how we would describe himself as a player, McIntosh used the terms scatback and athlete.

Knowing that Notre Dame likes versatility in its backfield was a big selling point for McIntosh.

“I like the way they use their running backs,” he said. “They let them get in the open field, run routes and catch the ball.”

In his sophomore and junior seasons at Cardinal Gibbons, McIntosh rushed for 1,851 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 62 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns.

Rivals ranks McIntosh as the No. 14 all-purpose back in the 2016 class. 247Sports slates him 80th at the position.

With scholarship availability dwindling in the 2016 class, only a few more spots are likely to be open for offensive players. The Irish appear finished at quarterback, running back, offensive line and tight end.

One or two more receivers — like Damian Alloway, who visited this past weekend — could round out the offensive class. Notre Dame is projected to finish with 23 or 24 recruits come signing day.

Blessed to annouce that I am officially committed to THE University of Notre Dame ✨ #GoIrishpic.twitter.com/D4RYCZDEz5

— Deon McIntosh (@deon_the_truth) November 16, 2015

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— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) November 16, 2015

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Running back recruit Deon McIntosh walks off the field after Notre Dame's 41-31 win over USC on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (SBT Photo/JARED HAMSHER)