Posted by Bryan Fischer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Notre Dame had taken some hits to their recruiting class with several targets committing elsewhere but added a big verbal on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with Ramsey (N.J.) safety Elijah Shumate.
"I'm going to be playing at the University Notre Dame," Ramsey said. "I felt it was the best fit for me."
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was also looking at in-state school Rutgers and, in warming climates, South Carolina. Shumate is one of the top players on powerhouse Don Bosco Prep and will look to continue a stellar career in South Bend.
"He shows brilliant speed, instincts, determination, and an aggressive style of play. A hard hitter, he shows very good closing speed.," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He hits like a linebacker but shows the coverage skills of a lockdown corner. He covers a lot of ground and rarely takes a missed step but when he does, he shows very good recovery speed."
Shumate is rated as the seventh-best safety by Maxpreps and is 136th overall in the class of 2012.