Notre Dame picked up its first defensive commitment in the Class of 2015 on Thursday night when safety Prentice McKinney out of Dallas verballed to the Fighting Irish.
McKinney chose Coach Brian Kelly's program over offers from Michigan, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon State, among others.
At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, McKinney is a rangy player in the defensive backfield that has a fearless attitude in attacking the ball carrier. On film, appears to have a well-built body that will be a good base for Notre Dame strength coach Paul Longo to mold when he arrives on campus.
In terms of being on campus, McKinney has not even been to South Bend yet, with a visit looming on April 12 for the annual Blue-Gold Game.
McKinney is a three-star prospect according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com, a pair of national Internet recruiting services. Rivals ranks him as the No. 30 safety in the country and the No. 64 prospect in the state of Texas.
If scholarship numbers remain where they are, Notre Dame will likely look to add two to three safeties in this cycle. Only Austin Collinsworth will be out of eligibility following this next season, but the Fighting Irish did not sign a true safety last cycle.
The commitment of McKinney continues the recent trend of Notre Dame pulling talent out of Texas. If he signs with the Fighting Irish, McKinney will become the seventh prospect out of the Lone Star State to head to South Bend in the last three cycles.
McKinney joins a trio of four-star offensive recruits in committing to the Fighting Irish, including offensive linemen Tristen Hoge and Jerry Tillery and quarterback Blake Barnett.
Notre Dame's recruiting class so far this cycle ranks No. 18 in the country according to Rivals.