Isaiah Foskey has known for months that he was signing with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The recruiting services covering the 6-foot-4, 233-pound prospects have known it for months too — arguably, since October.
So why didn’t the four-star prospect end the cat-and-mouse affair and announce in December?
Foskey made a commitment to his teammates at De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) to announce together, and he’s stuck to it.
Person w/direct knowledge says 4-star DE Isaiah Foskey (Concord, Calif.) has "already signed" with #NotreDame, as expected. This upcoming ESPNU announcement is just for show.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) February 6, 2019
Washington, Ohio State, Michigan and Cal were the other finalists.
It’s not the timeline Irish fans would have preferred, but the end result is the same.
The drop end is the 22nd — and final — commitment in the Irish’s Class of 2019.
In picking Notre Dame, Foskey spurned offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide, California Golden Bears, Clemson Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes and Washington Huskies, to name a few.
Foskey is the 45th person since Jim Harbaugh was hired to hold a Michigan scholarship offer, but ultimately choose Notre Dame. He’s the 34th four-star, the 11th in the Class of 2019 and the third from the state of California during the Harbaugh era.
Foskey took his official visit during the weekend of the Stanford Cardinal game. In the 247 Sports Composite, he is the 168th best player overall, the 10th weakside defensive end and 25th best prospect from California.
De La Salle is the alma mater of former Irish defensive lineman Derek Landri and offensive tackle Aaron Taylor. (And Nate Montana.)