Notre Dame received its 16th verbal commitment in the Class of 2018 on Friday, as 4-star wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. announced that he will play for Brian Kelly. Austin, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., and attends North Broward Prep, is Notre Dame’s second verbal commit from the state. 4-star tight end George Takacs out of Naples, Fla., made his verbal pledge to Notre Dame in mid-June.
Austin picked Notre Dame over Duke, Miami and Tennessee, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
— Kevin Austin Jr (@Ka_szn) August 11, 2017
“Without God none of this is possible,” Austin Jr. wrote. “To my amazing parents, I can’t say thank you enough for everything you’ve done and continue to do for me. You’ve allowed me to mature, make good choices, and grow into the young man I am today. Thanks to my North Broward Prep family, all my coaches, the administration, my teammates, trainers, teachers, and staff, especially Coach Rex Nottage for helping me embrace and understand what a leader looks and acts like.
“To Sly Johnson thank you for your guidance and generous support over the years. Thanks to all the universities, especially my top four, that recruited and offered me this excellent opportunity. I’m humbled, grateful and honored for the opportunity presented to me. After long discussions with my family, I would like to announce that I am committed to the University of Notre Dame.”
Austin is the second wide receiver commit for Notre Dame in the 2018 class, with Micah Jones being the other. Notre Dame, which finished the 2016 season with a disappointing 4-8 record, will lose four seniors/graduate students at the wide receiver position at the end of the 2017 campaign.