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Jimmy Clausen (Oaks Christian, Calif.), the most coveted high school quarterback recruit in recent memory, chose Notre Dame over Southern California on Saturday. He made his announcement official at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., where he held an 8:30 a.m. press conference.
"I committed to Notre Dame," said Clausen. "I'd like to thank all the other schools and wish them the best of luck and would like to thank coach Weis for having the confidence in me during the recruiting process."
Many had speculated that Clausen was leaning toward Notre Dame since current QB Brady Quinn would be graduating, leaving the roster spot open. At USC, redshirt freshman Mark Sanchez and senior John David Booty are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job. However, Clausen insists that his decision to commit to the Irish had nothing to do with potential competition.
"That's not a factor at all," Clausen said. "Most people are probably going to think that's a factor, but it's not. I'm the kind of guy who likes to compete, and that's what I'm all about, is competing and getting better and stuff like that. ... So, if Mark Sanchez does play this year and that's the place I wanted to go, I'd go there."
Clausen's early commitment should grease the wheels for Irish recruiting, as several blue-chip prospects are in town today for Notre Dame's annual spring game. The new Irish quarterback has pledged to assist in persuading recruits to come to South Bend.
Jimmy Clausen's press conference (Irish Eyes)
Highlight reel of Jimmy Clausen