Marcus Freeman Strikes Again, Beats Out Ohio State & USC For Top Linebacker

The Fighting Irish are celebrating a major victory in their recruiting efforts as they add another star to their 2024 class.

Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa, a highly-touted 4-star linebacker hailing from Southern California, has officially committed to Notre Dame, turning down offers from football powerhouses Ohio State and USC.

Ranked as the #9 linebacker in 247Sports’ 2024 rankings, Viliamu-Asa brings a wealth of talent and athleticism to the table. Standing tall at 6-3 and weighing in at 230 pounds, he is known for his versatility on the field and his ability to deliver bone-crushing hits in the middle of the field.

The decision to choose Notre Dame was not an easy one for Viliamu-Asa, who initially seemed to be leaning towards Ohio State. However, he relied on his faith to guide him through the process, ultimately leading him to the Fighting Irish.

“It was really close,” Viliamu-Asa explained in an interview with 247Sports. “As you know, I went away with my church youth group this past week and just got home on Friday. Going into the retreat, I really thought I would be going to Ohio State.”

During the retreat, Viliamu-Asa immersed himself in prayer and sought guidance to help make his decision. In the end, he felt a strong connection to Notre Dame and believed that God was leading him there.

“This past week, I really sought after God, prayed every day, and relied on the Holy Spirit for guidance,” he shared. “Everything kind of came to life for me, and I just felt like God was leading me to Notre Dame.”

Notre Dame’s status as a Catholic school played a significant role in Viliamu-Asa’s decision-making process. The linebacker believes that the university’s values and culture align with his own, making it the perfect fit for him.

“I feel like this was the path less traveled. Notre Dame is a hard place to go, but that’s what I’m looking for,” he said. “I think when you look at the culture they’re building now and the type of student-athletes they recruit, that’s who I fit in with. It’s a lot of guys with the same mindset as me, so I feel total peace about my decision.”

With Viliamu-Asa’s commitment, Notre Dame’s 2024 recruiting class continues to climb in the national rankings, currently sitting at an impressive #9. The class boasts an impressive 13 four-star commits, showcasing the team’s dedication to bringing in top talent.

Marcus Freeman and the Fighting Irish coaching staff is thrilled to have Viliamu-Asa on board and are excited about the potential he brings to the program.

As far as 2023 goes, Freeman is looking to improve on what was an up-and-down rookie year for him.

Looking long-term, do you think Freeman is the right man for the job?