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Notre Dame Adds DB Ramon Henderson To 2020 Recruiting Class

Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty athlete Ramon Henderson has announced his commitment to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the first day of the early National Signing Day, giving Brian Kelly’s program the rangy defensive back recruit it coveted for several months.

The 6-3, 180-pounder picked the Irish over other offers from Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington State.

“He’s a wiry, athletic dual guy,” Rivals analyst Adam Gorney said. “He can be a wide receiver, safety or corner. He can kind of play anywhere you need him to be.”

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Ramon Henderson has finally announced his commitment to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Ramon Henderson has finally announced his commitment to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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Henderson took an official visit to Notre Dame on the weekend of Sept. 28 when the Irish defeated Virginia 35-20.

“Their academics and on the field play is amazing,” Henderson previously said. “My interest level will continue to be high for them. I can tell what they are doing over there and that they are not only building football players, but also grown men.”

The Irish staff, led by special teams coordinator Brian Polian and safeties coach Terry Joseph, pushed the Irish over Utah, a school Henderson really liked and officially visited in November.

“They have a great brotherhood; their fans are legit,” Henderson said of Notre Dame following his visit. “They didn’t want me to just hear it from them; they wanted me to see it for myself. They have a great school and program.

“Their programs are tight-knitted. At some schools, the defensive players don’t really know the offensive players. But they know each other really well and are tight.”

Henderson is Notre Dame’s fourth defensive back commit of the class, joining Danville (Ky.) Boyle County’s Landen Bartleson, Middletown (N.J.) Mater Dei’s Clarence Lewis and Southaven (Miss.) High’s Caleb Offord.

Notre Dame also added a graduate transfer defensive back from Ohio State in Isaiah Pryor, who moved to South Bend earlier this week and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Rivals ranks Henderson as a three-star prospect and the No. 63 recruit in California.

As a junior in 2018, Henderson caught 32 passes for 580 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 638 yards and one touchdown as a kick returner. As a defensive back, Henderson compiled 34 tackles, four passes broken up, one interception and one fumble recovery that he returned for a score.

This fall as a senior, he caught 29 passes for 581 yards and seven touchdowns, and defensively, he totaled 12 tackles, one tackle for loss and nine passes broken up.


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