- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Four-star safety Elijah Shumate (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco) committed to Notre Dame during Saturday's Army All-American Bowl, choosing the Irish over Rutgers and South Carolina.
Shumate is the No. 14 safety in the country and No. 6 player in New Jersey.
Shumate had one of the more impressive offer lists in the country. In addition to his finalists, he had offers from UCLA, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona, USC, Colorado, Connecticut, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Illinois, Central Florida and Miami.
He is one of four players from Don Bosco to play in this season's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. It's believed to be the first time that many players from the same high school played in this game at the same time.
Shumate showed off his versatility in helping Don Bosco win its sixth consecutive Non-Public 4 title with two rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a score in the state title game. Don Bosco went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in the 2011 Fab 50.
Targets the Irish missed out on during the weekend include four-star receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and four-star safety Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant), who both chose California.
The Irish are still in the running for four-star offensive lineman Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif/Pleasant Grove), who said Saturday he will choose in "a couple of days to a week."
The No. 15 overall player and USC de-commit played on the defensive line Saturday and said his finalists are all recruiting him for defense. Those finalists are Notre Dame, Oregon, Cal, Auburn and Texas.
He is a big kid and can be tough versus the run and provide some pressure as a bull rusher, but we came away from this game even more convinced that his best fit and better upside is at offensive tackle, the position where he is ranked in the ESPNU 150.