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Notre Dame Commits 'Trusting the Process'

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Three-star DL commit Jonathon MacCollister joined his fellow commits in tweeting out a message Monday night
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Several Notre Dame commits took to Twitter Monday night around halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship to express the strength of their commitments to Notre Dame.

“Trust the Process” was the caption the Irish pledges wrote, along with a photo of a Notre Dame huddle.

This expression of solidarity occurred just hours after four-star Mansfield (Texas) High four-star cornerback Paulson Adebo de-committed from Notre Dame.

Michael Young, a three-star wide receiver commit out of Destrehan (La.) High, said the remaining commits wanted to let people know that they are locked in with the Irish.

“A lot of change in the coaching staff has been going on, and that kind of effected some players,” Young said. “A lot of guys were a little upset and we were just talking about ‘trust the process and we’ll be fine. Let’s make a point that we’re here and we’re all Notre Dame.”

Young said that whoever ends up in the class, he feels the Irish will be just fine.

“We’re going to be fine regardless of who commits, who de-commits or whatever,” Young said. “Notre Dame is still a great place to be.”

It’s been well documented how close Notre Dame’s class of 2017 commits are, and the Tweets again showed that.

Jonathon Maccollister, a three-star defensive end commit out of Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore said that after discussions in the commits group text, they decided to take their message public.

“Me and the guys were talking about all the changes on the coaching staff,” MacCollister said. “Instead of worrying and panicking, we decided to unite and just trust the process.”

“We wanted to make a statement and movement to say we are trusting the process," MacCollister added.

It wasn't just the 2017 commits either. A few of Notre Dame's class of 2018 commits jumped in as well, including four-star Indianapolis Cathedral running back Markese Stepp, four-strar Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec, and three-star Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison linebacker Ovie Oghoufo .

Stepp said the Tweets were strategically timed to be released during the game to be sure they would be seen.

"It was to show that we're 110 percent committed," Stepp said. "{We said} let's all Tweet out a photo to let people know that we're still here we're not going to go anywhere, and once we get to Notre Dame. we're going to do our very best to get to play in a national championship game like Clemson and Alabama did last night."


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