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Romeo Okwara's brother, Julian, commits to Notre Dame


Romeo Okwara's brother, Julian, commits to Notre Dame

Another Okwara is on the way to Notre Dame.

Four-star class of 2016 outside linebacker/defensive end Julian Okwara, whose brother, Romeo, led the Irish in sacks last year, announced his verbal commitment to Notre Dame Tuesday evening. The younger Okwara is rated by Rivals as the No. 179 player nationally and No. 6 player in North Carolina in the class of 2016.

The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Okwara, a Charlotte native, chose Notre Dame over offers from schools such as Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech, among others. He was recruited by Notre Dame recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Mike Elston, according to Rivals.

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Okwara is Notre Dame's fifth verbal commitment for next year's recruiting class, joining four-star Cincinnati offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer, three-star Bradenton, Fla. running back Tony Jones, three-star LaGrange Park, Ill. (and Nazareth Academy) defensive back Julian Love and two-star Wilmette, Ill. (and Loyola Aacadmy) long snapper John Shannon.

Barring something unexpected, Julian and Romeo Okwara won't be able to play together at Notre Dame. The elder Okwara will be a senior in 2015, which is his last year of eligibility.

Romeo Okwara's four sacks led Notre Dame in 2014, and he also notched four tackles for a loss and and two forced fumbles last year. Over his three seasons in South Bend, Okwara has played in all 39 games (13 starts) with 65 tackles, seven TFLs, four and a half sacks and three forced fumbles.

Notre Dame will play for ACC conference championship in 2020 football season

Notre Dame will play for ACC conference championship in 2020 football season

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will compete for the ACC crown this football season.

The conference announced their updated slate of games on Wednesday, with the Fighting Irish as a de facto conference member for the 2020 season.

Included in that schedule is a marquee matchup against the defending champion Clemson Tigers, however there will be no revival of the rivalry between Miami and Notre Dame.

Notre Dame will also play one non-ACC opponent at some point this season, but that opponent has yet to be determined. Notre Dame typically plays USC and Stanford every season, but those games won’t be played since the Pac-12 previously said it will only play in-conference this season.

To go with their honorary status in the ACC, if Notre Dame wins the ACC championship game but is not selected for the College Football Playoff, they will be eligible for an Orange Bowl bid.

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Notre Dame - Navy football game scheduled in Dublin moved back to U.S.

Notre Dame - Navy football game scheduled in Dublin moved back to U.S.

The Navy-Notre Dame football game that was set to be played in Ireland has been relocated to the United States, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Notre Dame announced on Tuesday that the game which was originally going to take place in Dublin on Aug. 29 will “likely” be played over Labor Day weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday.

The teams plan on playing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which will be a first in the 94-year rivalry history. Every previous matchup hosted by Navy has been played at a neutral site.

“We are obviously disappointed not to be traveling to Ireland this August,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “But, as expected, our priority must be ensuring the health and safety of all involved.

“I am expecting that we will still be able to play Notre Dame as our season opener, but there is still much to be determined by health officials and those that govern college football at large.”

Jack Swarbrick, Vice President of Notre Dame, and James E. Rorh, Director of Athletics at Notre made a joint statement as well.

“Our student-athletes have had great experiences competing in Ireland and are very disappointed not to be returning to Dublin in 2020,” they said. “The change of venue has been a very difficult decision for our colleagues at the Naval Academy, but we are in full support of their choice. We are also grateful for everything our partners in Ireland have done to make this a smooth transition. We look forward to going back to Ireland for a game in the not too distant future.”

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