Cary-Grove junior offensive guard Trevor Ruhland (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) was hoping for an offer from Notre Dame. Once the Fighting Irish extended him that offer, he admitted that Notre Dame was going to be the team to beat.
Ruhland gave the Fighting Irish his verbal commitment on Wednesday afternoon after the University staff made an in-school visit.
"It's not everyday that Notre Dame offers you a scholarship, "Ruhland said. "I felt a little bit of pressure because it was an offer and an opportunity I didn't want to pass up. I wanted that Notre Dame offer and once I received it I knew that they would be hard to beat. I made several visits to Notre Dame and I just always felt very comfortable there. I felt a great connection to all of the coaches and the players at Notre Dame. It's also pretty close to home so my family and friends will get a chance to come see me play. Overall it was just too hard to say no to Notre Dame."
Ruhland also looked hard at Northwestern and Minnesota, but in the end, "you can't beat the tradition, the education and the chance to play for a national championship so I committed."
Ruhland, a three-star ranked recruit per Rivals.com, becomes the seventh known verbal commitment for the Fighting Irish Class of 2015 and the first known Chicagoland commitment.