by Mike Coffey
Point guard Demetrius Jackson finally pulled the trigger on his long-awaited verbal commitment to Mike Brey’s Fighting Irish. The five-star recruit chose Notre Dame over Illinois, after the Illini made a last-minute push under new coach John Groce, along with Final Four regulars Michigan State and Kansas.
The 15th-ranked Mishawaka product joins four-star small forwards V.J. Beachem (New Haven, IN) and Steve Vasturia (Philadelphia, PA) to form one of the best Irish hoops recruiting classes in recent memory. Coupled with last year’s haul of Cameron Biedscheid, Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett, Brey will have a nucleus that should serve him very well the next three to four years.
Dave Telep’s analysis, released inexplicably early, can be found at this link.