2014 OL Jimmy Byrne commits to Irish over the Buckeyes

Derek Young's picture
December 8, 2012 at 1:36p

2014 Cleveland (OH) St Ignautius OL Jimmy Byrne has committed to Notre Dame.  Byrne was an offensive lineman high on Ohio State's board and had a Buckeye offer.  

Byrne got an Ohio State offer before his junior season even began but his visit to South Bend for the Notre Dame-Michigan game turned out to be too much to overcome for the scarlet and gray.  Ohio State had Byrne on a visit to the Michigan game a few weeks ago and Byrne enjoyed himself, but was hesitant to say if OSU had made up any ground on Notre Dame.

The Irish can thank Coach Harry Heistand for this coup.  Byrne had mentioned to me several times how the relationship with Notre Dame Coach Heistand had a lot to do with his affinity to Notre Dame.  

Ohio State will now go forward in pursuing other offensive lineman like Orlando Brown Jr., Damian Prince, Jamarco Jones, Andy Bauer, K.C. McDermott, Mason Cole, and Marcelys Jones.  

In-state offensive lineman still getting looks from Ohio State that I think could eventually hold Buckeye offers are Westerville (OH) Central OT Nick Richardson and Lancaster (OH) OT Kyle Trout.  Both continue to stay in contact with Ohio State and were at a few Buckeye games this year.  

Tracking the 2014 offensive line group this year will be interesting as that position group will be pivotal for the 2014 recruiting class at OSU.

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ODEEZ330's picture

damn this hurts!!!! offer trout now lol

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rampageripster's picture

this happened like a week ago... not sure why it became big news today

Cause I couldn't go for three

buck-I.8's picture

It happened today, so if I had to guess, I'd say that's why it's big news.

rampageripster's picture

Go to the bottom, see tweet, see date stamp.. the 3rd

Cause I couldn't go for three

cinserious's picture

Yeah, reading between the lines on Byrne's comments about the OSU/Mich game really was a red flag about his intentions on going to ND. Its all good though, we will a few damn good linemen for the '14 class.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Too bad, dude kind of looks soft though, meaning he doesn't really look mean.  I want mean dudes upfront. 

tampa buckeye's picture

truth of the matter is...if your name isn't O Pace you are a dime a dozens if you are an O lineman.  good luck to him looks like notre dame is throwing some cash around.

rampageripster's picture

wow... is this inappropriate... downvote this into obilivion please

Cause I couldn't go for three

buckeyedude's picture

Why is this inappropriate? Because he stated his opinion? Personally I think all of the down votes are inappropriate.
 I for one will not go quietly into the night and become part of the Collective.



captain obvious's picture

Im happy for the kid.  Catholic kid going to a catholic school.
We cant get everybody and hes not going to Michigan.
I think our recruiting is slowly moving away for Ohio and heading South.
Urban will go after the cant miss Ohio kids but other than that we are national.

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cinserious's picture

Good thing Ohio produces several cant-miss recruits every year. Urban will get the VAST majority of them. At least it came down to two undefeated teams who beat michigan.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

buckeyedude's picture

I agree with most of what you said, as long as OSU doesn't miss out on too many Ohio kids. If ND wasn't playing in the MNC, I wonder if he would have considered OSU more heavily? Success breeds success.
I think Urban has more pull, nationally, than Tressel did. Tressel got his national commits. But Urban, based on his time in the South, will be able to pull kids from Florida, Texas, and Georgia, where Tressel rarely had a chance.



Haybucks's picture

Captain, you sound like ND's greatest recruiter, the late, great Woody Hayes!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


45OH4IO's picture

This is a bummer, but its easier losing out on a recruit to ND when they are actually having success on the field. At least it makes sense. I just hate it when recruits pick far inferior programs like Pitt...(you know who im referencing). I know guys like to stay near home, but come on!

Toilrt Paper's picture

Over the years I'd bet ND has gotten more Moeller, Iggy and Eds kids than the Buckeyes have.

tennbuckeye19's picture

You do know those are Catholic high schools, right?

Bolt's picture

Wish him good luck and move on to the next target. Too bad, for sure...but you know damn well Urban isn't gonna stop to sulk about it.

Poison nuts's picture

2014 is so far away...

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MAVBuck's picture

on to the next one. makes 2013 players like david dawson that much more critical