Notre Dame Football: Mississippi Rebels

4-star LB Jaylon Smith commits to Irish

June, 2, 2012
ANGOLA, Ind. -- Long rumored to be a heavy Notre Dame lean, four-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) ended all speculation with a pledge to the Fighting Irish on Saturday at the inaugural R.A.S Football Camp hosted by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer at Trine University.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Smith is ranked No. 46 in the ESPN 150 and is the top prospect in Indiana. He reported offers from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC.

"Every (Notre Dame) coach has the same stand character-wise," Smith said. "Other coaches tell you what you want to hear, and I saw that with my brother." Rod Smith, a running back, is entering his sophomore season at Ohio State.

Smith is Notre Dame's top 2013 commit, its third commit in the ESPN 150 and its 13th overall.

Standifer commits to Ole Miss

March, 6, 2012
Three-star cornerback Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), whose flirtation with Notre Dame was held up because of a Spanish course, has committed to Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is the 18th commitment of Hugh Freeze's first class with the Rebels.

After Standifer decommitted from Michigan in December, the Irish appeared to be the front-runner for ESPNU's No. 38 cornerback, but Standifer was lacking sufficient Spanish credits to be admitted into Notre Dame.

Here is part of his scouting report from ESPN:
From a pure measurables and on the hoof standpoint, Standifer is a good-looking prospect. Tall, long with a leaner, yet deceptively built strong frame and the room to fill out. Not a burner but flashes good range and better play-speed than his testing times indicate. Instinctive with good ball awareness skills in deep coverage. Soundly reads quarterback and tracks the throw. Turns into a receiver when the ball is in the air. Athletic with good length and arm extension to match up with taller receivers.


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