Kurt Hinish touts brother as the better prospect as Notre Dame adds Donovan to 2022 class

Eric Hansen
ND Insider
Pittsburgh Central Catholic defensive tackle standout Donovan Hinish has verbally committed to Notre Dame.

The news of three-star defensive tackle Donovan Hinish’s addition Friday to the 2022 Notre Dame football recruiting class coaxed comparisons to his older brother, Kurt.

“They look almost the same,” CBS recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said of future and current Irish D-linemen. “They’re built about the same. Good powerhouse guys. Good feet, Solid defensive tackles types. Blue-collar guys.”

The recruiting buzz around 6-foot-2, 275-pound Donovan was similar to Kurt’s coming out of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High in 2017, though Kurt’s offer list was a little longer and more decorated.

He’s been overachieving ever since.

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“All the (Irish) coaches are always joking around that he’s better than I am,” said Kurt, who cashed in the NCAA’s COVID exemption to return for a fifth playing season, without a redshirt year, in the fall.

And Kurt agrees with the coaches.

“One thing my younger brother does a lot better than I do is just naturally he’s a lot more athletic than I am, laterally,” Kurt said in late April. “And he’s a better all-around athlete than me.

“I kind of got the (short) end of the stick. So it is what it is. The youngest gets it all. He’s going to be a great player in the future.”

Donovan Hinish becomes the 14th commitment in the 2022 class, with his announcement coming hours after Marshall All-America offensive guard Cain Madden tweeted that he’ll be joining the Irish for the 2021 season as a grad transfer.

The younger Hinish, though, won’t get a chance to play with Madden or Kurt at ND, with their eligibility running out after the 2021 season.

Kurt figures to be a third-year starter in the fall at a position group with great depth and the preference to flex it. He amassed 19 tackles, including 7.5 for loss with two sacks, for the Irish in 2020. He also recovered a fumble.  

Among the schools pursuing Donovan were Pitt, Virginia Tech and UCF. Rivals ranks him as the nation’s No. 33 defensive tackle, while 247Sports has him at No. 70.

He’s the fourth defensive lineman to commit in the 2022 cycle, joining defensive ends Tyson Ford of St. Louis, Aiden Gobaira of Chantilly, Va., and Darren Agu — an Ireland native and resident of Great Britain who is playing his high school football in Rabun Gap, Ga.

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The Irish would still like to add two top-of-the board priorities to the position group — both of whom have scheduled official visits this month. Defensive tackle Anthony Lucas is scheduled to take an official visit to ND next weekend, while defensive end Cyrus Moss of Las Vegas will take his official visit June 18-20.

ND CLASS OF 2022 FOOTBALL VERBAL COMMITMENTS

Pos. Player                Ht.    Wt.    High School

DT Donovan Hinish    6-2    275    Pittsburgh Central Catholic

TE Holden Staes        6-4    230    Atlanta Westminster School

TE Eli Raridon            6-6    230    West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley

DE Darren Agu            6-6    235    Rabun Gap (Ga.) Nacoochee

LB Joshua Burnham    6-4    215    Traverse City (Mich.) Central

CB Jaden Mickey        6-0    175    Corona (Calif.) Centennial

WR Amorion Walker    6-3    181    Ponchatoula (La.) High

QB Steve Angeli          6-3    215    Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic

RB Jadarian Price       5-11  180    Denison (Texas) High

DE Aiden Gobaira       6-6    235    Chantilly (Va.) High

DE Tyson Ford            6-5    245    St. Louis John Burroughs School

OT Ty Chan                6-6    275    Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy

LB Nolan Ziegler        6-4    205    Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central

OL Joey Tanona        6-5    280    Zionsville (Ind.) High

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