Washington, D.C. defensive end Kofi Wardlow has flipped his commitment from Maryland to Notre Dame on National Signing Day.
The Fighting Irish made a final push at trying to flip his commitment, as Wardlow visited the campus last week and also hosted some members of the coaching staff for an in-home visit. Clearly, it worked.
The three-star recruit is the No. 55 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2017 and is the No. 8 player in Washington, D.C., according to the 247 Sports Composite. Three of the players ranked ahead of him in the region committed to Maryland: Kasim Hill, Cam Spence and Johnny Jordan.
He committed to Maryland on Dec. 17. He’s the second player to flip from the Terps to Notre Dame this week, joining kicker Jonathan Doerer. Four Terps flipped from the class in total; Joshua Kaindoh enrolled early at Florida State, while Dazz Newsome chose UNC on Wednesday.
Wardlow attended St. John’s High School along with Maryland commits Hill and Spence, where he helped lead the team to an appearance in the WCAC championship game, where they lost to Dematha.
The 6’3, 230-pound Wardlow will provide pass-rushing depth for the Irish; he likely would have lined up in the hybrid BUCK position as a defensive end/linebacker at Maryland. The Terps return sack leader Jessie Aniebonam and Melvin Keihn at the position.