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Irish add two verbal commitments in Class of 2018

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 09:44 pm

After losing two players from its current roster last week, Notre Dame has added two to its Class of 2018 recruiting haul in recent days.

Last weekend, three-star running back Jahmir Smith committed to the Fighting Irish, joining longtime commitment Markese Stepp of Cathedral in the offensive backfield.

Smith is a tough runner that plays bigger than his 6-foot, 200-pound frame. With a 4.0 GPA, the prospect out of North Carolina held offers from the entire Ivy League, as well as Georgia Tech, Cal, Louisville and USC.

Smith was once considered a heavy lean to the native Tar Heels.

A key defensive target for Coach Brian Kelly joined Notre Dame's class on Tuesday in four-star linebacker Shayne Simon.

Rated the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country by 247sports.com, Simon is projected to play the Rover position in defensive coordinator Mike Elko's 4-2-5 scheme, the same position currently manned by Carroll product Drue Tranquill.

At 6-3, 215 pounds, Simon is a rangy linebacker with tremendous versatility. At the prep level at St. Peter's Prep in New Jersey, Simon sometimes moves to defensive back.

Simon is the third verbal commitment to Notre Dame from St. Peter's, joining twin defensive linemen Justin and Jayson Ademilola.

The Irish's Class of 2018 now numbers 14 recruits and is currently ranked No. 9 in the country.

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