Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2023 remained hot on Thursday with another big addition to four-star high school running back from Lake Stevens (Wash.) Jayden Limar. The 5-11, 190-pounder picked the Fighting Irish over Michigan, Oregon and Arizona during a live announcement with CBS Sports HQ.
Running backs coach Deland McCulloughoffensive coordinator Tommy Ree and head coach Marcus Freeman teamed up with the talented Pacific Northeast running back and was relentless in his pursuit. This effort has earned them one of the most coveted fullbacks in the country.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball began heading to Notre Dame on March 10. It was clear then that the Fighting Irish were in great shape to land in Limar and today’s announcement came as no surprise.
“It’s much better. I’m going to be real. I’m not going to lie,” Limar said when discussing his relationship with Freeman. “I talk to Coach Freeman and it’s rare for a head coach to call the two of you for three times a week. It’s rare. I talk to Freeman a lot.
Limar was recently on campus in April for Notre Dame’s spring game. He said this visit couldn’t have gone better.
“It was awesome. I had a great time,” he said. the last time was great. I was able to meet everyone and see the campus. Watching the spring game was really cool. It was a great visit.
This trip allowed him to spend time with McCullough more and it was a game-changer to spend that one-on-one time with him.
“It was awesome. I think his personality really matched the man himself, that’s for sure,” Limar said. “He’s very direct with you. He’s not going to lie to you. He’s going to tell you what he’s thinking when you ask him a question. On the coaching side, he’s obviously a great coach. He has a great resume and he knows a lot about the game and he can teach me a lot of things. I had a great time getting to know him.”
One of Limar’s most underrated scouts, when it comes to his interest in Notre Dame, is the offensive scouting coordinator. Dr. Brown. Limar got along with Brown early on and that relationship has been pivotal throughout.
“I was with Dre and he was actually my main recruiter when I was first recruited by them,” Limar said. “I knew him better than anyone. He was part of the reason they offered me in the first place. He actually found me. We definitely have a great relationship. When I was first recruited “He was my main point of contact. He’s a great guy. We talked a lot when I was up there. He’s a really smart guy. He’s great for the program.”
247Sports Scouting Report: It’s well built with good bustle and instability, with a frame that should add a bit more weight. He does a good job of anticipating his linemen clearing the way, being decisive in his hole selection, putting his foot in the ground and getting up on the field. Limar sees the pitch extremely well, runs with good balance and can gain yards after contact. It does a good job producing tough yards. Can keep getting stronger, with his speed already there.