Four-star LB David Adams gives Notre Dame commitment

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

A successful junior day has carried beyond Saturday’s recruiting event for Notre Dame football.

The latest news came late Sunday night when four-star linebacker David Adams announced his verbal commitment to the Irish on Twitter.

“But, after a lot of consideration, I would like to announce my commitment to the University of Notre Dame,” Adams wrote in part on Twitter.

Adams gives Notre Dame six commitments in the 2017 class a day after three-star quarterback Avery Davis pushed the total to five.

That number could jump to seven tomorrow night if three-star defensive tackle Kurt Hinish, Adams’ teammate at Pittsburgh Central Catholic, picks the Irish at his planned announcement. Both Adams and Hinish visited Notre Dame for junior day.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Adams is ranked as the No. 4 inside linebacker in the 2017 class according to both Rivals and 247Sports. He chose Notre Dame over offers from Stanford, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Penn State and more.

"He’s a powerhouse of a linebacker," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "I was really impressed with David Adams as a thumper."

"He’s the kind of guy that normally years ago would have gone to Penn State because they were Linebacker U. He makes a lot of plays.”

Adams visited Notre Dame last July and attended Notre Dame’s home game against USC in October. Five Irish coaches watched Pittsburgh Central Catholic play in November when they were in town for their game against the University of Pittsburgh.

Notre Dame’s six-man class ranks No. 10 in the country according to 247Sports.

On Saturday night, Hinish announced his commitment plans for Monday. He will share his decision on Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV during a program scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Adams’ decision and a tweet from Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Mike Elston may suggest that Hinish will become Irish as well.

“Just received a great phone call with awesome news!” Elston wrote shortly after Hinish tweeted his announcement plans. “Notre Dame football just got better!”

Elston ended the tweet with the hashtag, #IRISHEL17E, a moniker used for Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 283-pound Hinish also claims offers from Penn State, Baylor, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh and South Carolina. 247Sports slates Hinish as the No. 30 defensive tackle in the 2017 class. Rivals ranks him No. 32 at the position.

Adams did not respond to interview requests on Sunday night. Hinish asked to hold off on doing an interview until after his announcement.

Below are highlights of Adams from his junior season via Hudl.

God. Country. Notre Dame

— DAVID ADAMS (@David_Adams1335) March 21, 2016

S/o and huge congrats to @David_Adams1335 !!! Welcome to the #IRISHEL17E ☘☘☘

— Josh Lugg (@jluggnut) March 21, 2016

Congrats to the newest member of the #IRISHEL17E family @David_Adams1335

— Dillan R. Gibbons (@GibbonsDillan) March 21, 2016


— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) March 21, 2016 be continued!!!#IRISHEL17E

— Mike Elston (@CoachMikeElston) March 21, 2016

Four-star linebacker David Adams committed to Notre Dame on Sunday night following a junior day visit. (Tribune photo/TYLER JAMES)