Irish Invasion continues to pay dividends.
Notre Dame landed its second commitment of the weekend tonight when Winter Park, Florida wide receiver Jordan Pouncey verbally committed to the Fighting Irish. The 247 composite ranks the 6'2"/185-pounder as the #830 overall player and #120 wide receiver in the class of 2017. He committed to Brian Kelly in person, and the two shared a hug afterward that was captured by Scout's Anna Hickey.
WR Jordan Pouncey and Brian Kelly embracing after the commitment pic.twitter.com/7zwMbT5tr2— Anna Hickey (@AnnaHScout) June 19, 2016
247 --3 star (86 rating), #754 overall, #103 position, #103 in Florida
Rivals --3 star (5.5 rating), NR overall, NR position, NR in Florida
Scout --3 star, NR overall, #55 position, NR in Florida
ESPN --3 star (77 rating), NR overall, #108 position, NR in Florida
247 Composite -- 3 star (.8466), #830 overall, #120 position, #118 in Florida
Jordan chose the Irish over other offers from Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Penn State, Michigan State, and many others. His reported offers total 44 right now. Quite an impressive offer list. Many thought Jordan would eventually follow in the footsteps of two of his cousins and commit to Florida. Denson and Denbrock made sure that didn't happen.
There's a lot to like about Jordan's highlight tape. He's a versatile athlete who could play either side of the ball, but he has been recruited by Notre Dame as a wide receiver. He has good speed and excellent athleticism, as well as adequate size. He adjusts to the ball well when it is in the air. It was also really fun watching him run after the catch, he has the ability to make a lot of guys miss. Another thing that is often overlooked when it comes to highlights is that he's clearly a willing blocker and actually put a couple of guys on their backs.
The Irish are currently loaded with talent at receiver, so there should be no need for Jordan to see extensive action on the field during his first year on campus. I would expect him to be able to contribute to special teams early on, however. He looked comfortable and aggressive while making plays on defense and blocking at receiver on offense. Good pickup for the Irish staff.
As far as his impact on the recruiting class, this adds a quality receiver commit to the fold. Two or three more receiver commits, and Isaiah Robertson will most assuredly begin his Notre Dame career on the defensive side of the ball as so many have expected. Keep an eye on Louisiana receiver Michael Young. He's a reported Notre Dame lean right now and there is a chance that he makes his decision soon.
Anyway, welcome to the Irish family, Jordan!