Notre Dame might have unintentionally started a rivalry with Washington State yesterday, as the university convinced three-star quarterback Ian Book to de-commit from the Cougars and instead join the Fighting Irish. Book announced his decision on his personal Twitter page.
Currently at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, California, near Sacramento, Book had also received offers from Harvard, Yale, Eastern Washington, San Jose State, UNLV, Idaho, Nevada, San Diego State and Boise State. At Washington State, he likely would have spent a year or two playing behind Luke Falk, who will be a junior entering 2016.
But Book will instead head to South Bend and likely spend a year playing behind Malik Zaire, assuming Zaire opts to stay for his senior season. He would have to contend with DeShone Kizer and Montgomery VanGorder for who gets the most reps on backup duty, but he is a strong enough fit in Brian Kelly’s system that he should have no trouble setting himself apart from the rest of the pack.
Notre Dame opens the season at home against Texas on September 5.
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