The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hit paydirt last recruiting cycle at cornerback. After a whiff in 2017, Notre Dame landed three good corner prospects for 2018. It was unclear how many the Irish would take for 2019, and after locking up K.J. Wallace early — the Irish set their sights on Isaiah Rutherford, and slowly pressed the Californian until he committed this fall.
It’s official now, as Isaiah has sent in his NLI to Notre Dame this morning during the early signing period for college football.
The 6’0” 185 pounder just isn’t another piece of this puzzle — he’s a big part of it. Notre Dame loves his length and athleticism, and he has smooth transition speed on the field. He will need to add more muscle to his frame, but he seems to understand the game and what’s in front of him.
As we already stated, Rutherford was a somewhat late addition to this class. Well... late compared to how early most of these guys gave their pledge — but this was a recruitment that seemed over once he went through his official visit to Notre Dame.
Isaiah chose the Irish over a long list of west coast school like the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans. It was a well fought victory for Brian Polian and Todd Lyght after a very light cycle out west.
Rutherford is the 19th commitment in this 2019 class for Notre Dame and the only commit from the state of California. The class represents 15 different states now, with Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, and Virginia having two representatives a piece.