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Notre Dame Recruiting: 4-Star Tackle John Olmstead Commits to the Irish!

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Brian Kelly has coaxed another four-star prospect with a Michigan offer away from the clutches of Jim Harbaugh.

John Olmstead
John Olmstead / Twitter

John Olmstead, a four-star offensive tackle from St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, N.J.), made a verbal commitment Friday to Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

“I fell in love with the school. It’s the place to be and it’s all about feeling for me,” said the 6-foot-6, 305 pound prospect in choosing Notre Dame. “Nothing beats the tradition and the history of the football program.”

Olmstead is the fourth-best Class of 2019 prospect in New Jersey, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, the 18th best offensive tackle nationally and the 169th best overall player. Rivals has him as the top-ranked Garden State prospect.

In addition to his athletic prowess, Olmstead maintains a 4.1 grade-point average, according to MyCentralJersey.com.

He joins defensive tackles Jacob Lacey (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Hunter Spears (Sachese, Texas) and cornerback K.J. Wallace (Atlanta, Ga.) in the Irish’s now four-man Class of 2019.

In choosing the Irish, Olmstead spurned offers from the 35 other schools, including the Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines and Ole Miss Rebels. His final five were the Buckeyes, Irish, Rebels, Minnesota Golden Gophers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights.



There’s a lot that will be written about Olmstead, but let’s focus on one important part of this commitment: The Irish got someone who Jim Harbaugh wanted.

Since Harbaugh’s hiring at Michigan on Dec. 30, 2014, Irish coach Brian Kelly has gone head-to-head with Harbaugh for 66 prospects that ultimately chose one side or another in this rivalry. Kelly has coaxed 34 of them to South Bend; 32 inexplicably picked Ann Arbor.

With Olmstead’s commitment, Kelly has now convinced more 4-stars to don blue and gold than Harbaugh has outfitted in maize and blue. It also chips into Harbaugh’s foothold in New Jersey, although he still leads 6-4 against Kelly for Garden State guys.

Notre Dame vs Michigan in Recruiting, Harbaugh Era

Player Position Stars 247 Composite Rk State Team Signed Team Shunned Class of Commit Date
Player Position Stars 247 Composite Rk State Team Signed Team Shunned Class of Commit Date
Dexter Williams RB 4 94 FL ND Michigan 2015 2/4/2015
Julian Okwara WDE 4 301 NC ND Michigan 2016 4/14/2015
Liam Eichenberg OT 4 80 OH ND Michigan 2016 4/19/2015
Ben Bredeson OT 4 39 WI Michigan ND 2016 6/17/2015
Kevin Stepherson WR 3 601 FL ND Michigan 2016 6/19/2015
Ron Johnson WDE 4 296 NJ Michigan ND 2016 6/25/2015
Brock Wright TE 4 71 TX ND Michigan 2017 6/26/2015
Spencer Perry S 3 527 FL ND Michigan 2016 6/29/2015
Brad Hawkins WR 4 285 NJ Michigan ND 2016 7/3/2015
Chase Claypool WR 4 172 Canada ND Michigan 2016 7/10/2015
Ahmir Mitchell WR 4 161 NJ Michigan ND 2016 8/27/2015
Cole Kmet TE 4 82 IL ND Michigan 2017 10/2/2015
Khalid Kareem SDE 4 196 MI ND Michigan 2016 10/23/2015
Carlo Kemp SDE 4 310 CO Michigan ND 2016 11/8/2015
Daelin Hayes OLB 4 133 MI ND Michigan 2016 12/10/2015
Devin Bush Jr. ILB 4 312 FL Michigan ND 2016 12/16/2015
Kareem Walker RB 4 107 NJ Michigan ND 2016 12/17/2015
Kekoa Crawford WR 4 118 CA Michigan ND 2016 1/9/2016
David Long CB 4 65 CA Michigan ND 2016 1/21/2016
Elysee Mbem-Bosse ILB 3 491 GA Michigan ND 2016 1/24/2016
Rashan Gary DT 5 1 NJ Michigan ND 2016 2/3/2016
Devin Asiasi TE 4 77 CA Michigan ND 2016 2/3/2016
Nate Johnson WR 3 590 TN Michigan ND 2016 2/3/2016
Jonathan Jones OLB 3 454 FL ND Michigan 2016 2/3/2016
David Adams ILB 4 229 PA ND Michigan 2017 3/20/2016
Drew White ILB 3 978 FL ND Michigan 2017 3/21/2016
Josh Ross ILB 4 211 MI Michigan ND 2017 3/22/2016
Phillip Paea DT 3 NR MI Michigan ND 2017 4/2/2016
Corey Malone-Hatcher WDE 4 297 MI Michigan ND 2017 6/2/2016
Jayson Ademilola DT 4 159 NJ ND Michigan 2018 6/26/2016
Justin Ademilola OLB 3 607 NJ ND Michigan 2018 6/26/2016
C.J. Holmes ATH 4 245 CT ND Michigan 2017 7/8/2016
Robert Hainsey OG 4 84 FL ND Michigan 2017 7/10/2016
Darnell Ewell DT 4 147 VA ND Michigan 2017 7/15/2016
Ovie Oghoufo OLB 4 523 MI ND Michigan 2018 7/22/2016
Donovan Jeter DE 4 289 PA Michigan ND 2017 10/23/2016
Jaylen Kelly-Powell S 4 250 MI Michigan ND 2017 11/15/2016
Aaron Banks OL 4 166 CA ND Michigan 2017 12/9/2016
Tarik Black WR 4 116 CT Michigan ND 2017 12/14/2016
Donovan Peoples-Jones WR 5 12 MI Michigan ND 2017 12/15/2016
Drew Singleton OLB 4 79 NJ Michigan ND 2017 12/23/2016
Oliver Martin WR 4 181 IA Michigan ND 2017 1/30/2017
Derrik Allen S 4 69 GA ND Michigan 2018 2/13/2017
Micah Jones WR 3 376 IL ND Michigan 2018 2/17/2017
Myles Sims CB 4 148 GA Michigan ND 2018 4/7/2017
Christian Turner RB 3 488 GA Michigan ND 2018 4/10/2017
Jalen Mayfield OT 4 286 MI Michigan ND 2018 5/23/2017
Ryan Hayes OT 4 319 MI Michigan ND 2018 5/27/2017
Ja'mion Franklin DT 3 547 MD ND Michigan 2018 6/6/2017
Shayne Simon OLB 4 132 NJ ND Michigan 2018 7/25/2017
Nolan Rumler OG 4 96 OH Michigan ND 2019 7/29/2017
Jacob Lacey DT 4 156 KY ND Michigan 2019 7/29/2017
Cameron McGrone OLB 4 181 IN Michigan ND 2018 7/31/2017
Matthew "Bo" Bauer ILB 4 280 PA ND Michigan 2018 8/3/2017
Chris Hinton DE 5 15 GA Michigan ND 2019 8/5/2017
Kevin Austin WR 4 73 FL ND Michigan 2018 8/11/2017
Mustapha Muhammad TE 4 134 TX Michigan ND 2018 10/20/2017
Houston Griffith CB 4 63 FL ND Michigan 2018 12/12/2017
Tommy Tremble TE 3 473 GA ND Michigan 2018 12/14/2017
Julius Welschof DE 3 647 Germany Michigan ND 2018 12/20/2017
Lawrence Keys III WR 4 286 LA ND Michigan 2018 2/7/2018
Noah Boykin CB 4 366 DC ND Michigan 2018 2/7/2018
Jarrett Patterson OT 4 369 CA ND Michigan 2018 2/7/2018
Cade McNamara QB 4 320 NV Michigan ND 2019 3/16/2018
Drew Pyne QB NA NA CT ND Michigan 2020 4/16/2018
John Olmstead OT 4 169 NJ ND Michigan 2019 4/20/2018