Jaiden Ausberry Commits to Notre Dame

Jaiden Ausberry (Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)

A big part of Ausberry’s early interest in Notre Dame and Ohio State were the coaches who served as his lead recruiters from the outset.

At Notre Dame, it was Marcus Freeman, the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the time. At Ohio State, it was then-linebackers coach To Washington. But early in 2022, following Ausberry’s junior football season, there was a major shift in those coaches’ roles.

While Freeman became the head coach at Notre Dame, he hired coach Washington as an assistant coach in the Irish defense. Meanwhile, Freeman made two additional hires that caught Ausberry’s attention.

Combined, Freeman and these three coaches made up what could be considered dream team from the eyes of an aspiring NFL linebacker. And Ausberry met with all four when he visited South Bend in March.

“Getting to see them all at the same place was really crazy to me because, you know, at Ohio State, coach Washington was recruiting me really hard,” Ausberry said in March. “And when coach Freeman was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame still, he was recruiting me hard too. Now they’re there together.

“Now that (defensive coordinator) At the Golden is there, he’s a really good coach. He came from the Bengals and they went to the Super Bowl. That just shows you how good he is. And then you’ve got James Laurinaitis, probably the best linebacker in Ohio State history. He played in the league. So, you know, there’s just so many tools to help me on and off the field.

“I was in a meeting. I was just listening to what (Golden) was saying, how he was teaching the players. He knows what he’s talking about. I can tell that he’s been on the biggest levels of the biggest stages because the way he teaches the game is just so good. And he knows what he’s talking about.

“Even getting to know him as a person, he’s a real good, energetic guy. I like the way he approaches things and stuff like that. “

Following that trip, Ausberry explained that one of the highlights was watching a spring practice. He mentioned being impressed with how coach Freeman was handling the top job.

He also talked about spending time with then-prospect Braylon James who was born in Louisiana and grew up an LSU fan. And he named several Irish freshmen he connected with.

“I spent some time with Jaylen Sneed, Jaden Mickeyand the running back Jadarian Price… And Tyson Ford, too, ”Ausberry explained in March. “I had dinner with them.

“It was really nice. They’re classy dudes. They’re real smart, good football players. You know they fit the Notre Dame standard. It really makes me think if I’m going to be in that position one day, too. So, it was really cool getting to hang out with them. “

He fit in with the coaches. Ausberry matched up particularly well with the current freshmen, too. And when he would return to Notre Dame in June, his interest di lui would build.

By then, Ausberry had taken unofficial visits to Auburn where his brother is a freshman safety, and Miami.

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