C.J. Prosise gave Notre Dame commitment number eight on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound safety from Woodberry Forest, Va., (Woodberry Forest High School) confirmed his commitment with Irish Sports Daily, saying, "Yeah, I did today."
Prosise said it was a combination of great academics and great athletics that allowed him to pull the trigger so early.
Prosise chose the Irish over offers from Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
He gives the Irish four commitments in the secondary, joining fellow safety Nicky Baratti and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Tee Shepard.
Earlier Prosise said he planned to wait until the fall to make a decision, but while the timing of his announcement is a surprise, his choice is not. After receiving his Notre Dame offer earlier this month, he immediately elevated the Irish to the top of his list.
“It definitely changes my recruiting process,” Prosise told Irish Sports Daily after receiving the offer. “Going from good schools in football and moving to big-time college football.”
Bob Diaco and Charley Molnar both made impressions on Prosise.
“I didn’t really get a chance to talk to them that much at school, but from our phone conversations, I thought they were pretty good guys and coaches I’d want to be around,” he said.
“Academics are going to be a huge part of my decision and then there’s the environment and culture of the school and then football,” he continued.
Prosise, who runs a 4.44, provides solid size and speed at safety, academic prowess and the pedigree of his high school. His hasn't visited Notre Dame yet, but he plans on doing so sometime soon.
Irish Sports Daily will have more on Prosise's commitment on Friday.