One of the nation’s top linebackers that plays his high school football on LSU’s campus is headed out of state.
Jaiden Ausberry, the son of former LSU linebacker Verge Ausberry, currently the school’s executive deputy athletic director, committed to Notre Dame during a live news conference in his school’s gymnasium.
“I have a lot of relationships up there, and I’ve known them for a long time,” Ausberry told On3Sports. “It’s a family atmosphere and fulfilled exactly what I’m looking for on and off the field and after football. They put a lot of people in the league, and Coach Freeman is a good defensive mind. I know he’s going to take care of me up there.”
The 6-foot, 210-pound Ausberry, a four-star prospect, selected Notre Dame over a group of finalists that included LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M. Has also played weak-side defensive end and safety during his career.
Ausberry, whose older brother Austin is a freshman defensive back at Auburn, was a Class 3A All-State selection last season and ranked among the top linebackers in the country. He’s ranked No. 32 on ESPN’s top 300 players and is the 80th rated overall player by Rivals.com and the nation’s composite sixth-ranked linebacker.
Notre Dame overtook Alabama for the No. 1 spot in the national recruiting rankings with Ausberry’s commitment and 21st overall pledge.
Ausberry was one of the pillars in U-High team in 2021 that went 13-0 and captured the Division II state championship. The three-year starter compiled 94 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, four passes broken up, three caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.