John Mooney, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of Florida, committed to Notre Dame late Sunday evening giving the Irish their second pledge of the 2016 class.
It didn’t take John Mooney long to find a new home. In mid-August the 6-foot-9 power forward backed off a pledge he made to Florida early in his high school career.
On Sunday evening, Mooney, a standout at Altamonte Springs (Fla.) Lake Brantley, committed to Notre Dame, his father — Kevin Mooney — told Scout.
“We have a 6-9 Leprechaun running around our house,” the elder Mooney said.
After backing off the Florida pledge, Mooney received a wide range of college interest and considered Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Florida, Texas, Stanford, Kansas, Boston College and a host of others. But after taking an official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend, they didn’t see a reason to continue the recruitment.
“They are just so down to earth,” Kevin said about the Notre Dame staff. “They really are. No egos. They are just so down to earth, easy to talk to and you just trust everything that comes out of their mouth. It was always academics first and focused on Johnny’s best interest.”
“I can’t say enough about how impressed we were about how they handle themselves,” he added. “It’s their honesty and integrity and their values match up with ours.”
Notre Dame now has a pair of commitments in their 2016 recruiting class. Mooney joins four-star guard Temple Gibbs, who is ranked No. 94 overall in the class.