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SIGNED: Jimmy Byrne

Cleveland St. Ignatius offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne submitted his letter of intent to Notre Dame Wednesday.

The 6-4, 290-pound guard is ranked as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. He is listed as the No. 299 overall player in the country, the No. 17 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 13 player in Ohio.

Measurables
• Runs a 5.10-second 40-yard dash.
• Bench presses 305 pounds and squats 400 pounds.

Statistics
• Recorded 32 pancake blocks on offense and 11 tackles (six for loss) and two sacks as a defensive tackle as a senior.
• As a junior, his blocking helped his team total 5,425 yards of total offense and 71 touchdowns.

Honors
• One of 10 offensive linemen named to the U.S. Under-19 National Team that played Team Canada Feb. 7 at the University of Texas at Arlington.
• Named to the Associated Press All-Ohio team as a junior and senior.
• Named to the All-Ohio first team by JJHuddle.com as a junior and senior.

Recruitment
• Committed to Notre Dame on Dec. 8, 2012, at the end of his junior season as the program’s third commitment of the 2014 class.
• Fielded offers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State, and seriously considered the in-state Buckeyes before deciding on the Irish.
• Primarily recruited by offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and secondarily recruited by defensive line coach Mike Elston.
• Unofficially visited Notre Dame in June 2012 (when the Irish offered him) and January 2013, and officially visited for the annual banquet on Dec. 13, 2013.

Notable
• Born on Oct. 18, 1995.
• Plans to major in computer science.
• Lifelong Ohio State fan who passed up an offer from the Buckeyes to sign with the Irish.

2014 Projection
• Likely to sit out the 2014 season to preserve a year of eligibility.

They Said It
Tom Lemming Of Prep Football Report: “I love him. He was all-state two years running now. He played tackle in high school and will play guard at Notre Dame. He is just like fellow Irish signee Quenton Nelson, maybe a little bit smaller when you compare their frames. Jimmy Byrne is a blue collar, tough-as-nails offensive lineman. He was injured a bit this year, still played through his injuries and earned all-state while playing for one of the better programs in the Midwest. When he’s healthy, he dominates.”

St. Ignatius Head Coach Chuck Kyle: “You’re dealing with a very, very humble, hardworking young man with just the attitude you like for offensive linemen.”

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