Notre Dame adds commitment from 2018 TE George Takacs

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The impact of Notre Dame's latest recruiting loss was still lingering when George Takacs offered some relief Wednesday night.

The rising senior tight end from Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast gave the Irish his verbal commitment. He announced the news on Twitter.

"Thanks to every single coach who has offered me an opportunity to play college football, every offer is a blessing," Takacs wrote as part of a tweeted statement. "That being said I am announcing my commitment to my dream school the University of Notre Dame!!! #IrishBouND18 #TEU.”

Commited pic.twitter.com/VvY3ofDOjo

— George Takacs (@georgetakacs89) June 15, 2017

The addition of Takacs returned Notre Dame's 2018 recruiting class to 12 commitments hours after four-star wide receiver Braden Lenzy ditched the Irish for Oregon. Notre Dame beat out the likes of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Auburn and Wisconsin to land a pledge from Takacs.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end visited Notre Dame earlier this week following the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Indianapolis. Takacs, who received a scholarship offer in March, has been on Notre Dame's radar since competing in the Irish Invasion last summer as a lightly recruited prospect. He also attended a spring practice in March.

Rivals ranks Takacs as a four-star recruit and the No. 10 tight end in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 14 tight end.

Takacs totaled 25 receptions for 265 yards and one touchdown in his junior season at Gulf Coast. The run-heavy offense completed only 128 passes in 11 games.

It seems only fitting that good news for the Irish came in the form of a tight end commitment. Notre Dame has been recruiting successfully at the position for years. Four of the last five tight end recruits to sign

with Notre Dame have been four-star prospects according to both Rivals and 247Sports.

Notre Dame’s 2017 class included Brock Wright, ranked No. 1 at his position by Rivals, and Cole Kmet, ranked the No. 3 tight end in the class by Rivals and 247Sports.

Last week, Takacs committed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. He will also participate in The Opening Finals at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., later this month.

Nike’s national camp will feature 166 of the nation’s top recruits in the 2018 and 2019 classes. Notre Dame will be well-represented with five commits invited to the camp: safety Derrik Allen, defensive tackles Jayson Ademilola and Ja’mion Franklin, linebacker Ovie Oghoufo and Takacs.

Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Mike Elston celebrated Takacs’ commitment on Twitter with a barrage of shamrock emojis – 12 to represent the number of pledges in the 2018 class. He also posed the question “Who’s next?” with four area codes serving as hopeful hints.

If Elston’s predictions come true, the next four commitments could come from North Jersey, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Chicago. Those areas include rover Shayne Simon, cornerback D.J. Johnson, linebacker Cameron McGrone, defensive end Thomas Booker and defensive back Houston Griffith.

A summer that included commitments from those five players would help make Lenzy’s loss a distant memory.

...Who's next?

862 ➡️ ND

317 ➡️ ND

443 ➡️ ND

312 ➡️ ND

Just to name a few!! pic.twitter.com/wNkNYkMAoe

— Mike Elston (@CoachMikeElston) June 15, 2017

#WeAreND

— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) June 15, 2017

TIght End U is in great shape. @brockjwright40 and @RH56__ get the assist on this one. Good work fellas. #IrishBouND18pic.twitter.com/wXjLOeFwly

— Aaryn Kearney (@kearney_ak) June 15, 2017

Recruiting is a funny deal sometimes - it's important to remember we're dealing with kids. This process can be overwhelming / crazy.

— Brian Polian (@BrianPolian) June 15, 2017

The #IrishBouND18 group is strong and getting stronger by the day. Cannot wait to see what the future holds!

— Brian Polian (@BrianPolian) June 15, 2017

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Tight end George Takacs, a 2018 recruit, gave Notre Dame his verbal commitment Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)