The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were not going down in this recruiting cycle without a... fight. Notre Dame, with a large handful of new staff members, targeted a wide range of different recruits throughout the country that were without an offer. After some quick evaluations, Notre Dame offered the new targets and went after them... hard.
It didn’t matter to Notre Dame if a guy was committed to another school or not. The Irish meant business and they loudly went about it. One of their main targets in this new wave was 3 star defensive end Kofi Wardlow from Washington D.C.
Wardlow is an edge rusher with some bulk. He still needs to polish his technique, but there is a lot of raw talent there and he knows how to use his hands to shed a blocking tackle or tight end. He plays with a bit of an attitude, and you can probably put him right in that “try hard” box.
I’ll take it.
Kofi committed to the Maryland Terrapins back in December, and since then, the heat has really turned up for his recruitment throughout the rest of the cycle. The Virginia Tech Hokies came on strong and became a true player, but after a few more weeks, it started to come down to Notre Dame and the Michigan State Spartans. All the while, Kofi Wardlow remained committed to Maryland- until today.
As with Jonathon MacCollister, Wardlow could use a year wearing a redshirt. The depth chart right now is fairly solid, but we still don’t know exactly how all these guys fit under the new defense that defensive coordinator, Mike Elko is bringing to South Bend.
Wardlow’s commitment just proves that recruiting is never over. Offers appear out of nowhere, and recruits that work hard and show that potential, can and will be able to go to the school of their dreams.