As we get closer to the early NCAA Signing Day, we tend to see a lot of movement and activity in recruiting. For athletes, it is all about finding the right fit athletically, academically, socially, and geographically.
J.D. Bertrand, a 6’1 216-pound linebacker from Blessed Trinity Catholic (GA), de-committed from the University of Georgia last month and reopened his recruiting situation. He went on visits to Notre Dame and Wisconsin shortly after that decision. He picked up new offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, TCU, and Wisconsin over the last several weeks.
He also has offers from LSU, Florida, Mississippi State, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.
After a little over a month on the open market, J.D. gave a verbal commitment to Brian Kelly and the University of Notre Dame yesterday.
He is a 4-star recruit by most recruiting services and is a 4-year varsity player. This season he has 78 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks. His team is 12-0 and ranked in the Top 10 overall in Georgia. They play Eastside in the Final 8 this Friday in the 4A playoffs.
Off the field, J.D. is equally as talented with his 4.0 overall GPA and being an Eagle Scout.
Notre Dame is on the verge of being one of the Final 4 teams selected in the college football playoffs, and their defense is instrumental in their success and undefeated record. Bertrand will fit in nicely with their future defensive plans and is expected to make a big impact to keep the Irish at the top of the charts.
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