Notre Dame football was already a national recruiter.
The Fighting Irish program is set to go international for a pair of recruits in the next two classes.
Düsseldorf Panther is one of the oldest American football clubs in Europe, and their U19 team has a few college football prospects.
2019 recruit Joseph Appiah Darkwa is Germany’s top player in 2019.
247Sports has him as a three-star recruit, but obviously it is not super easy to evaluate guys overseas. He is the No. 69 defensive tackle in his class.
His teammate, Alexander Ehrensberger, is the No. 1 2020 recruit. He is also a three-star, and ranked No. 49 among strong-side defensive ends at 247.
This week, Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston is heading to Germany to check out those two, among others.
Darkwa has interest from a number of programs, including Penn State, Rutgers, and UCLA. Notre Dame sending a coach over has to make a big impact though.
#NotreDame defensive line coach Mike Elston is headed to Germany this week to do some recruiting for the Fighting Irish.
— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) January 28, 2019
Ehrensberger has more time, but Notre Dame was an early offer for him last fall. FIU is his only other offer thus far, though Ohio State and Penn State have shown interest.
The Fighting Irish could try and seal the talented prospect up early with this visit.