Three-star RB Jahmir Smith commits to Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame’s quest to add a second running back commitment to its 2018 class had started to look bleak.

Nearly every recruit offered by the Irish at the position had already committed elsewhere. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Jahmir Smith decided to fill the void.

On Sunday, Smith, a three-star recruit, announced his commitment to Notre Dame.

“I gave my blood...sweat...tears...I'm Committed! #IrishBouND18 #WeAreND,” Smith wrote on Twitter alongside a video with his highlights. He also requested to not do any interviews.

With no previously documented visit to Notre Dame on record, Smith’s commitment came as a surprise. As it turns out, Smith visited the Irish last Tuesday, he said in a text message to the Tribune

The addition of Smith gives Notre Dame a second running back pledge alongside four-star recruit Markese Stepp in the 2018 recruiting class, which currently includes 13 verbal commitments for the Irish.

Notre Dame offered the 5-foot-11, 198-pound Smith a scholarship in April following a prolific junior season at Sanford (N.C.) Lee County. Smith rushed for 2,130 yards and 40 touchdowns on 317 carries. He also caught seven passes for 117 yards and one touchdown.

Smith chose Notre Dame over reported scholarship offers from USC, North Carolina, Nebraska, Louisville, Tennessee and others.

Rivals ranks Smith as the No. 17 running back in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him No. 24 at the position.

“He’s close to a four-star back but not there yet,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “I don’t go by who offers. I go by what I see. I liked him. Physically, he looked like he was a running back. His statistics are great. He’s a pounder. He has good vision and balance.”

Notre Dame running backs coach Autry Denson gradually worked through the 2018 class trying to identify potential fits for the Irish. Other than Stepp and Smith, Denson offered 11 different running backs who have committed elsewhere.

“This is a good catch,” Lemming said. “This is a guy that Denson wants. His reputation is on the line with running backs. All the position coaches should recruit like that.”

The Irish have built a solid depth chart at running back by signing at least one player at the position in each of the last three recruiting classes.

Below are junior highlights of Smith via Hudl.

I gave my blood...sweat...tears...I'm Committed! #IrishBouND18 ☘️☘️ #WeAreND ☘️☘️

— Jahmir Smith (Mir) (@Jahmir_trapical) July 23, 2017

Three-star running back Jahmir Smith, a 2018 recruit, gave his verbal commitment to Notre Dame on July 23, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)