Notre Dame added a big commitment on Friday. The Fighting Irish picked up the services of a cornerback prospect out of the Keystone State. Who committed and what made him select Notre Dame?
"I committed to Notre Dame at 10 a.m. today," McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour athlete E.J. Banks said. "I talked to Coach Weis. He seemed excited. My coach talked to him first and then he put Coach Weis on speakerphone.
"He was hoping he'd get a new defensive back. I told him he's got a new one coming. Then I told him how my recruiting and position coaches should be very happy."
The three-star prospect mentioned what made him decide on the Irish.
"It was just my thoughts about my future after football," he said. "I weighed my options and Notre Dame was for me. It opens a lot of doors with the academics.
"As far as football, the team is great. Coach Brown's resume, going to the NFL and all these connections are great. Coach Weis won a Super Bowl and I like the coaches. I also like the area. The school is really nice and peaceful."
The No. 42 athlete in the country plans to enroll early, January 2009.
"I am enrolling early," he said. "The coaches haven't said much about playing time. They have said they only have so many guys at defensive back and they are going to throw me in with everybody else.
"I'm really happy with my decision. The more I think about it the more excited I get. I can now take my time and enjoy my senior season."