NaNa Osafo-Mensah decides on Texas or Notre Dame
One of the most coveted recruits in the state has made his decision on where he'll play college football.
Drum roll, please...
Four-star defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah (Nolan Catholic High School) announced his commitment to Notre Dame over Texas on Saturday.
"I picked Notre Dame because it really just felt like home," he said. "I know it's far away from Fort Worth, but I just felt comfortable with all those players."
Mensah (6-foot-4, 231 pounds) is the No. 105 recruit overall, No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the nation, and the No. 15 player in Texas, according to 247Sports.com. The Irish held a 94 percent chance of garnering his verbal pledge on 247's Crystal Ball picks. Texas held the other four percent.
"There's nothing I'm not looking forward to," he said. "Playing on NBC every week will be cool, and playing an independent schedule is going to be amazing. So to do all that and play under Brian Kelly, is going to be really fun."
In addition to the two finalists, Osafo-Mensah also held offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Georgia, Houston, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, and Florida.
"It came down to two really good options and I don't think he could've gone wrong either way, but certainly a great fit for them and for NaNa's family," Nolan Catholic coach David Beaudin said. "He's going to amazing things there."
He's been down to Texas and Notre Dame since he announced them as his final two schools on April 12. At the time, Notre Dame held a 53 percent chance, via 247's Crystal Balls.
Osafo-Mensah officially visited Notre Dame on April 13 and then took an OV to Texas on May 4.