It’s been a rollercoaster Wednesday for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish recruiting staff.
Hours after Braden Lenzy announced his plans to join the in-state Oregon Ducks instead of the Irish, four-star tight end George Takacs tweeted that he was joining the group Lenzy had just left behind.
“I want to thank everyone who has been involved in my recruiting process for helping me to make the best decision for myself,” the 6-foot-6, 236 pound prospect tweeted. “Thanks to my family, my friends and the coaching staff at Gulf Coast High School for all the support. Thanks to every single coach who has offered me an opportunity to play college football. Every offer is a blessing. That being said, I am announcing my commitment to my dream school, the University of Notre Dame!! #IrishBouND18 #TEU”
The Gulf Coast, Florida native is rated four stars by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and three stars by 247 Sports. He also held offers from the Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels, Oregon Ducks, Tennessee Volunteers and Wisconsin Badgers, among others.
The Irish’s 2018 class now features 12 players. Takacs, who said Notre Dame was his favorite school growing up, is the group’s first tight end.
With George Takacs, Notre Dame has landed seven ESPN 300 tight ends since 2013. Three of those are in the 2017 & 2018 classes— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 15, 2017
The Irish currently have graduate student Durham Smythe, senior Nic Weishar, junior Alize Mack (nee Alize Jones), early enrollee Brock Wright and incoming freshman Cole Kmet at tight end. Wright and offensive lineman Robert Hainsey were credited Wednesday with helping to land Takacs, who will reportedly enroll in January.
Fellow Class of 2018 pledges tweeted their congratulations after Takacs revealed his destination: