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Early Signing Period: 4 Star DE Howard Cross III Signs With Notre Dame

The New Jersey defensive player of the year.

Howard Cross III

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish went 12-0 this season thanks in large part to its defensive line play. The Irish want to keep the solid depth it had this season each year, and they recruited as such this cycle. Their scouting led to an early offer to the son of an Alabama and New York Giant great... Howard Cross III. Cross gave a post spring game commitment to Brian Kelly, and is now a huge part of this class.

It’s official now, as Howard has sent in his NLI to Notre Dame this morning during the early signing period for college football.

Howard is a dynamic ball of electricity. He plays with a fire and strength that exceed his 6’2” 265 pound frame. He’s a terror as he rips up and down the opponents offensive line — and he will grow. Cross is the youngest player in this class, and he won’t turn 18 until July. As he gets bigger and bigger, that furious motor will become more and more dangerous.

Cross chose the Irish over a large handful of offers from the ACC and Big 10 such as the Michigan Wolverines, Boston College Eagles, Maryland Terrapins, and Virginia Tech Hokies to name a few.

From his commitment:

Cross reminds me a little bit of former star Isaac Rochell, and has the frame to play as big. He plays with total effort, but has a head for the game and rarely lets those emotions get the best of him on the field.