After passing at the running back position in last year's recruiting class, Notre Dame has cast its net far and wide with prospects that can carry the ball this cycle.
That net has caught its first fish, with running back Josh Adams out of Warrington, Pa. committing to the Fighting Irish on Monday over finalists Penn State, Pittsburgh and Stanford.
Adams is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, a national Internet recruiting service.
Adams is a versatile athlete, with the ability to play both offense and defense at the next level. He is considered the No. 34 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, a testament to his prowess on both sides of the ball.
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Adams has the physical frame to play linebacker, running back or even safety at the collegiate level, but he is being recruited by Notre Dame as a ball carrier.
A patient runner by nature, Adams displays his maturity on film by waiting for his blockers to open holes and seal lanes before bursting through. He shows elite, game-breaking speed in the open field and is quick to accelerate through open spots.
Adams suffered a torn ACL in his junior season but is expected to be 100 percent for his senior campaign at Central Bucks High School South in Warrington.
Adams will have to put on some additional weight between now and when he reports to South Bend, but should not have any issues putting on some bulk.
The majority of Adams' offers were out of the east, with Stanford the lone program on the West Coast that had offered a scholarship thus far. Other offers for Adams included Boston College, Temple and Rutgers.
Adams represents the 15th verbal commitment for the Fighting Irish this cycle, with the class currently rated No. 8 in the country by Rivals.com.
Three other Notre Dame targets are expected to announce their college choice this Wednesday. Wide receiver Miles Boykin out of Illinois will choose between Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri and Notre Dame.
Linebacker Justin Hilliard out of Cincinnati will also choose his college destination on Wednesday, with Ohio State and Notre Dame considered the leaders.
Defensive end Jashon Cornell will announce his decision as well, with his finalists consisting of Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State.
Notre Dame will likely take another running back prospect this cycle, with several elite targets on the board, including five-star Jacques Patrick out of Florida.