Notre Dame picks up third commitment


James Onwualu was slated to make a few visits this week after announcing a top group recently, but the running back/wide receiver from storied Cretin-Derham Hall in Saint Paul, Minn., felt it was time to make a decision.

Onwualu committed to Notre Dame on Wednesday.

“I just got a feeling,” the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior said. “I had a chance to think about it a lot. I went [to Notre Dame] on a retreat with school and felt great about the whole thing.”

That retreat wasn’t Onwualu’s first time at Notre Dame, though. He has been there at least four times over the last year.

“It reminds me of home,” he said. “It’s really a place I feel comfortable. I don’t feel like I’m on a visit.”

Onwualu was planning to visit Michigan and Ohio State this weekend, but he knew neither would match up to what Notre Dame was offering.

“My brother and I had some serious conversations with coaches and myself,” Onwualu said. “I knew what I wanted, so why wait?”

A star in the backfield and split out wide at Cretin-Derham, Onwualu will play receiver at Notre Dame.

Michigan, Minnesota and Stanford were also high on Onwualu’s list.

The Fighting Irish now have three commitments in their 2013 class. Onwualu joins offensive lineman Steve Elmer and tight end/defensive end Jacob Matuska, who committed last week.