DE MacCollister starts Irish Invasion with commitment

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Jonathon MacCollister didn’t need to use much of his three-day visit to South Bend to decide he wanted to spend a few years at Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-4, 253-pound defensive end gave his verbal commit to the Irish football staff not long after arriving on campus Friday ahead of the Irish Invasion. MacCollister shared the news on Twitter.

“I’LL BE HUNTING QB’S FOR THE IRISH,” MacCollister wrote in all caps with a message about his commitment. He’ll get a chance to show off his pass rushing skills during Saturday night’s camp.

After being projected as a tight end or offensive lineman, MacCollister appears to have found a future at defensive end following his junior season at Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore.

247Sports pegs MacCollister as a three-star recruit and the No. 17 strongside defensive end in the 2017 class. Rivals also rates him as a three-star prospect, but he is not ranked among the top 30 players at the position.

Not long after Notre Dame extended an offer to MacCollister in May, he announced plans to make a commitment by the end of June.

“I like him,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “He’s tough, well-coached and a very disciplined ballplayer. I like his motor. It’s another good catch for Autry Denson.”

Notre Dame has landed 10 commitments in the state of Florida since Denson joined the coaching staff last year. The running backs coach oversees the program’s recruitment in his home state. He’s received help from Irish position coaches to become a force in the Sunshine State. Defensive line coach Keith Gilmore assisted in the latest recruiting win.

MacCollister’s offer list didn’t necessarily reflect the three-star ranking given to him. Auburn, Clemson, Miami, Ohio State and Oregon were also in pursuit of the big athlete.

While on campus at Notre Dame, MacCollister can help recruit other players at the Irish Invasion. The camp has routinely produced commitments for Notre Dame. The momentum from MacCollister could spur more.

“Since he’ll be there, he can start working on some of the other kids,” Lemming said. “He has a good personality for that.”

MacCollister won a Class 5A state championship last season with teammate Parker Boudreaux, an incoming freshman offensive lineman at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame's 2017 class now consists of 11 verbal commitments with MacCollister joining defensive tackle Kurt Hinish on the defensive line.

247Sports ranks Notre Dame's class No. 10 in the country. Rivals pegs the Irish at No. 12.

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Defensive end recruit Jonathon MacCollister, a 2017 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer May 9, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)