- Adam Finkelstein
ESPN 60 guard Temple Gibbs (No. 38) gave Notre Dame its first commitment of the 2016 class on Sunday night, making a verbal commitment following his official visit.
Why he committed: Notre Dame identified Gibbs early and took advantage of the relatively new rule allowing official visits in a prospects’ junior year of high school. The quick timeline was important because it allowed the Irish coaching staff to take advantage of the momentum they built during their recent run in the NCAA tournament. Once he got on campus, head coach Mike Brey and assistant coach Anthony Solomon were able to "close" and earn the early commitment.
Temple Gibbs' versatility and leadership make Notre Dame's first commitment of the 2016 class an important addition.