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Notre Dame adds cornerback recruit

Notre Dame added its first cornerback to the team's 2014 recruiting class.

Nick Watkins, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Bishop Dunne Catholic in Dallas, orally committed to the Irish, according to reports.

Watkins is rated a four-star prospect and is the 17th member of the Irish's recruiting class.

Bishop Dunne Catholic coach Michael Johnson told Irish Sports Daily that Watkins has eight interceptions this season.

Watkins' decision was also reported by Blue & Gold Illustrated and Irish Illustrated.

2014 Notre Dame oral commitments

Alex Bars, OL, 6-6, 290, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

Grant Blakenship, DE, 6-5, 230, The Colony, The Colony, Texas

Justin Bonner, LB, 6-3, 253, Parkway Central, Chesterfield, Mo.

Justin Brent, WR, 6-3, 193, Speedway, Indianapolis

Jimmy Byrne, OL, 6-4, 275, St. Ignatius, Cleveland

Matt Dickerson, DE, 6-5, 260, Junipero Serra, San Mateo, Calif.

Jay Hayes, DT, 6-5, 270, Poly Prep, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cory Holmes, WR, 6-2, 174, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DeShone Kizer, QB, 6-4, 205, Central Catholic, Toledo, Ohio

Greer Martini, LB, 6-3, 230, Woodberry Forest, Woodberry Forest, Va.

Sam Mustipher, OL, 6-4, 286, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md.

Quenton Nelson, OL, 6-5, 282, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, N.J.

Tyler Newsome, K/P, 6-3, 190, Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Ga.

Andrew Trumbetti, DE, 6-5, 249, Demarest, Demarest, N.J.

Richard Yeargin III, LB, 6-4, 225, University School of Nova South, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Nick Watkins, CB, 6-1, 185, Bishop Dunne Catholic, Dallas

Nic Weishar, TE, 6-5, 215, Marist, Midlothian, Ill.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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