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CB White is Notre Dame commit No. 16

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Three-star defensive back from Maryland pledges to Irish

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 4:17 am

Another day, another verbal commitment for the Notre Dame football program.

Commit No. 16 came on Tuesday evening as cornerback Ashton White out of Forestville, Md. pledged to Coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.

“Blessed & Excited to say I am 100% Committed (sic) to THE University of Notre Dame!!,” said White in a Tweet.

Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service, White impressed many at Notre Dame's summer camp last week and earned a scholarship offer from the Fighting Irish.

It did not take long for White to pick Notre Dame over plenty of other offers, including Boston College, Virginia and Maryland.

White was once a Virginia Tech verbal commitment, but re-opened his recruitment in March.

At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, White is a smaller corner who makes up for it with his hands and closing speed. One of the more aggressive corners in this class in terms of initiating contact with bigger receivers, White is not afraid to mix it up.

His footwork needs some work, but when White gets beat by a receiver on a route, he quickly makes up for the mistake with exceptional speed.

White is the third cornerback to commit to Notre Dame this cycle and in all likelihood wraps up the position barring any defections.

The cornerback depth chart is a strength for the Fighting Irish going forward. KeiVarae Russell and Matthias Farley will each have one year of eligibility remaining entering 2015 when White arrives. Cole Luke and Devin Butler will have two years left.

Notre Dame's class is filling up, with the target number approximately 23-25 commitments. The class currently ranks No. 8 in the country according to Rivals.com.

In other recruiting news:

- Notre Dame quarterback target Travis Waller committed to Oregon on Tuesday. The Fighting Irish were hoping to land the talented Waller at the position after Blake Barnett de-committed in the spring.

Notre Dame will now have to widen its search if it wants to grab a signal caller this cycle.

- A trio of Notre Dame targets are expected to announce their college choices on Wednesday. Wide receiver Miles Boykin will choose between Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri and Notre Dame. Linebacker Justin Hilliard will likely select between Ohio State and Notre Dame while defensive end Jashon Cornell will pick between Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State.