The Irish Invasion landed its first commitment Monday.

Running back Josh Adams, who visited South Bend for Notre Dame’s premier summer recruiting weekend earlier in June, offered his verbal commitment to the Irish. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect gives Notre Dame 15 commitments in the 2015 class.

Adams is the first of what Notre Dame hopes will be a two-man class at the running back position.
“This is a really important get for Notre Dame because they didn't take a back in 2014,” said 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong. “It's a huge position of emphasis in this recruiting class. They now have one big-timer in the boat. They want to get one or possibly two more."

Notre Dame continued to recruit Adams despite a junior season shortened by an ACL tear. In six games before his knee injury, Adams rushed for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns for Warrington (Pa.) Central Bucks South. He emerged as a college prospect during a sophomore season of 2,089 yards and 28 touchdowns.

The hope for a two-man class lessens the risk of taking a running back with a serious knee injury already in his career. With Adams on the path back to full health, 247Sports projects Adams as a four-star prospect and the No. 16 running back in the 2015 class. Rivals seems less optimistic about Adams, perhaps because of the injury, as the recruiting site rates him as a three-star prospect but doesn’t include him in the top 60 running backs nationally.