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Elijah Shumate

Observer Sports Staff | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

S, ****, 205 pounds, 6-1

Don Bosco Prep

Ramsey, N.J.

This four-star recruit was a huge recruiting coup for a depleted Irish secondary. While receiving offers from Oklahoma, South Carolina and Michigan among others, Shumate chose Notre Dame in early January at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after a late-December visit while being heavily recruited by defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

Shumate played linebacker in high school, but is expected to make the switch to strong safety for the Irish.

The Don Bosco product is the No. 4 overall recruit coming out of New Jersey and is known for his jarring hits and tremendous closing speed.