— Jahmir Smith (Mir) (@Jahmir_trapical) July 23, 2017
Jahmir Smith, the talented 2,000-yard senior running back from Lee County High School who made national news in May after getting full-ride offers from all eight Ivy League schools, announced on Twitter today that he’s chosen Notre Dame.
Smith wrote Sunday evening: “I gave my blood … sweat … tears … I’m committed! #IrishBouND18 #WeAreND” followed by a video of his highlights edited together with Notre Dame football highlights. Smith told The Rant back in June that he’d hoped to make his commitment decision during the summer before two-a-days begin so he could focus on his senior year of high school ball.
He ran for 2,130 yards and scored an impressive 41 touchdowns as a junior, earning him 3-Star status on the recruiting ranks. But it was his 4.43 GPA, 25 on the ACT and declarations that he wanted to play football and study to be a doctor that got him the local and national attention. May headlines on Smith included: (NBC News) Jahmir Smith’s Preference? ‘A School That’ll Help Me Be a Doctor First.’ (News & Observer in Raleigh) His mom thinks he’ll be a doctor and NFL player. With eight Ivy League offers, he’s on his way and (Huffington Post) Outstanding high school junior already offered 33 full-ride scholarships.
Notre Dame can certainly use a talent like Smith. After losing in the BCS title game in 2012 and making a bowl game three straight seasons after, the Irish went 4-8 in 2016. Unless he’s red-shirted as a freshman, local fans will get their best chance to see Smith as a Fighting Irish on Sept. 22, 2018, when the Irish travel to Winston-Salem to play Wake Forest. The Irish are scheduled to play Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham the following year on Nov. 9, 2019.
More from social media tonight:
— Michael Clark (@MClarkScout) July 23, 2017
— Fighting Irish Fans (@NDIrishViews) July 23, 2017
One thing I failed to mention in the article… Jahmir Smith’s hair game is LEGIT. https://t.co/sjiUr2wdHH
— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) July 23, 2017