Ausberry, of University Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, chose Notre Dame over Michigan and Texas A&M. He is the fourth-highest linebacker in the class.
“They’ve been pointing out how much they’ve wanted me since, probably, January,” Ausberry told ESPN of the Fighting Irish chase. “When I went there in March, they were trying to get me to hire. They still wanted me badly. It shows you how much they really wanted me through the hiring process.”
Ausberry is the 15th ESPN 300 rookie to sign with the Fighting Irish and new coach Marcus Freeman.
During his official visit to South Bend, Indiana in June, Ausberry had the opportunity to chat with several future teammates – Keon Keeley (#24 in ESPN 300), Drayk Bowen (#89), Peyton Bowen (No. 30), Preston Zinter and Adon Shuler (#170).
“I think I’ll fit in really well,” Ausberry said. “I think they bring in some really good D-line players to take blocks from your front, free holes for me to run and tackle.”
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Ausberry recorded 94 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions during his junior high school season.
“I would definitely say my speed, running side to side,” Ausberry said of her strengths. “No one really gets past me on the sidelines, ever. I think that’s my biggest attribute.”
Ausberry’s father, Verge, is an executive assistant athletic director at LSU.