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BREAKING: Defensive end Jason Onye commits to Notre Dame - 247Sports

  • 9 May 2020

Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken three-star defensive end Jason Onye is the latest class of 2021 recruit to announce his commitment to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish secured his commitment today and beat out Michigan, Penn State Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Ole Miss and many others for his services.

The 6-5, 245-pounder is ranked as the No. 24 weak-side defensive end in the country per 247Sports and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Rhode Island from the class of 2021. His 89 overall rating per 247Sports has him just one rating point from adding a fourth star. The 247Sports Composite Rankings peg him as the No. 29 overall talent at his position this cycle.

“It’s a family setting,” said Onye, as he identified what appeals about Notre Dame. “The atmosphere, the tradition of good football, the eduction, and the degree you’ll get after college.”

Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston has made the biggest impact on Onye from a recruiting perspective, as well as on a personal level. That bond is something that clearly played a major role in his decision.

“We have the strongest relationship I have compared to all of the coaches,” said Onye. “He tells me how it is and how he can develop me. I like that. We have a really strong relationship.”

Another person that has been recruiting him to Notre Dame for a while, although he's not a member of the coaching staff, is four-star offensive tackle and Fighting Irish commit Blake Fisher. Onye has heard from Top100 talent a lot during the recruiting process.

“It’s great,” said Onye of Fisher’s pursuit. “We get along very well. He’s a great guy. He’s always reaching out and wants the best for the class.”

Back in April, 247Sports looked at the "Next To Commit" for all of the Top 10 classes across the country and I was asked who I felt would eventually land at Notre Dame.

“I feel really good about Notre Dame's chances at landing three-star defensive end Jason Onye, who plays for Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island. This is due to his close relationship with Fighting Irish defensive line coach Mike Elston and how well he has hit it off with a few other class of 2021 commits headed to Notre Dame. I firmly believe the Irish are going to secure Onye's commitment whenever the time comes for him to make a decision. At this point, I believe the key will be getting him on campus as soon as visits are allowed and that will be the point where Notre Dame wins this recruiting battle.”

Onye is commitment No. 10 for Notre Dame this cycle. He joins future Fighting Irish football players like five-star quarterback Tyler Buchner, four-star offensive tackle Blake Fisher, four-star wide receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr., four-star defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio, four-star tight end Cane Berrong, four-star cornerback Philip Riley, four-star defensive end David Abiara, three-star safety Justin Walters and three-star offensive lineman Pat Coogan.

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