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Watkins Commits To Notre Dame

As reported by 247Sports on Thursday evening, Notre Dame would land a big-time commitment on Friday.

Watkins is the 13th four-star commit for Notre Dame in the class-of-2014.

Indeed the Irish have.

Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne four-star cornerback Nick Watkins is the latest member of the Notre Dame recruiting class, giving his pledge to his recruiter, Irish assistant coach Kerry Cooks on Thursday. He went public with his decision on Friday afternoon after a conversation with head coach Brian Kelly and assistant Bob Diaco.

"The thing is, I've been knowing Nick since he was in the eighth grade," Bishop Dunne Catholic head coach Marcus Johnson said. "Being around the coaching staff, especially Coach Cooks, it was the right fit for Nick, plus the school and environment, being one of the best business schools in the country, those all played into his decision making."

Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 11 cornerback and No. 106 prospect overall, the future Under Armour All-American chose Notre Dame over his other offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

"A coach's dream," Johnson stated.

"His work ethic, then he's talented. One of the things I tell kids, you can't coach height and length and he has both of that. He's able to use that length and his height to his advantage. He has great ball skills."

Watkins is also a playmaker on defense.

"This year he has eight interceptions and last year it was five and as a freshman it was three," Johnson pointed out.

Watkins took his official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game and also got a chance to visit South Bend last spring. Earlier this fall he was on-hand to watch the Irish play in Dallas against Arizona State, a night after head coach Brian Kelly attended his game.

Commit No. 17 for Notre Dame in the class-of-2014, Watkins is the 13th to hold four-star status either by 247Sports or the 247Composite. Watkins is also the first cornerback pledge for the Irish in 2014.

Notre Dame is the 247Sports Crystal Ball leader for Watkins teammate, safety Payton Hendrix, who also took his official visit to South Bend for the USC game.

"With Payton Hendrix, I don't know yet," Johnson said. "I know he definitely enjoyed his time at Notre Dame. I think he'll probably make a few more visits and his decision will be coming soon as well. I do know he loves Notre Dame."

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