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Notre Dame Recruiting: Three-Star 2019 Linebacker Jack Kiser Picks Irish, Spurns Big 10 Schools

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Kiser is headed to in-state Notre Dame, despite holding offers from Indiana, Purdue, Nebraska and others

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Jack Kiser, a three-star linebacker from Pioneer High School, is staying in-state for college, but headed in the opposite direction of Bloomington and West Lafayette.

Kiser verbally committed Tuesday to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s 2019 class, rejecting similar overtures from the Indiana Hoosiers, Purdue Boilermakers and a host of other Big Ten schools.

Kiser, at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, played both linebacker and quarterback for the Panthers last year. He had 100 total tackles and eight interceptions during his junior campaign, according to MaxPreps, including 7 12 for a loss. He also had three passes defensed. The Panthers held 8 of their 15 opponents without a single score, and never yielded more than 21 points to any opponent.

At quarterback, Kizer led Pioneer through its 15-game schedule without a blemish, and helped the Panthers capture their school’s second ever state title. He completed 68-of-103 passes (66 percent) for 1,193 yards and 16 scores. Kiser tossed just two interceptions.

Kiser was equally deadly with his feet, rushing 204 times for 1,964 yards and an additional 38 touchdowns. He also returned more than a dozen punts and kicks throughout the year.

Kiser was a frequent visitor to South Bend, having earned an offer after a campus visit in May. As a prospective recruit, the junior attended home games against the Temple Owls and Georgia Bulldogs, according to Irish Illustrated.

Kiser is ranked No. 703 nationally in the 247 Sports Composite, No. 51 at outside linebacker and No. 11 athlete in Indiana. He is the 12th commitment in Notre Dame’s 2019 class, which is currently ranked eighth nationally. Kiser is the first commitment from Indiana since Penn High School’s Paul Moala committed to the Irish last October. Moala is now a newly arriving freshman at the university.