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Edwardsville quarterback Kendall Abdur-Rahman says he’s headed to South Bend

Edwardsville quarterback Kendall Abdur-Rahman runs the ball against Loyola Academy during the Class 8A state semifinal game.
Edwardsville quarterback Kendall Abdur-Rahman runs the ball against Loyola Academy during the Class 8A state semifinal game. Jimmy Simmons

Edwardsville senior quarterback Kendall Abdur-Rahman is bound for the home of the Golden Dome.

Ranked as the No. 7 player in Illinois by 24/7 Sports and No. 20 by Rivals.com, Abdur-Rahman made his college choice known Sunday via Twitter. He says he’s headed to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Abdur-Rahman made his decision after recently making his official visit to the school. The trip to South Bend was his second after going to the school last year for the annual Blue-and-Gold game earlier this spring.

“What school is better than Notre Dame? Even if my football career doesn’t work out, it’s a great school and I’ll get a great education,’’ Abdur-Rahman said before practice on Monday. “In a way, it was a tough decision because you always want to see what other offers are out there, but not many people have an opportunity like this.

“I’m excited, my mom is excited and I just feel very blessed to have this opportunity to attend such a great school..’’

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Abdur-Rahman was the Belleville News-Democrat Large School Player of the Year last season when rushed for 1,399 yards and 26 touchdowns while throwing for 580 yards and eight scores. A first team Class 8A all-state performer, Abdur-Rahman led Edwardsville to nine straight wins and a berth in the Class 8A state semifinals.

This season, Abdur-Rahman has rushed for 385 yards and eight touchdowns and has five touchdown passes for the Tigers (1-2) who hope to get back on the winning track on Friday when they host Waubonsie Valley.

When Abdur-Rahman arrives at South Bend over the summer, it will be as a wide receiver.

“I’m fine with that. Like I said, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to play at a school like Notre Dame. I’ll play wherever the coaches feel I can help the football team the most,’’ Abdur-Rahman said.

“It’s a weight off my shoulders, plus they might have been narrowing it down to where there were only one or two spots at wide receiver open. It’s good to have (the decision) made. Now I can concentrate on the rest of the high school season.’’

Notre Dame is currently ranked eighth in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll following a 24-16 decision over Ball State on Saturday.

Abdur-Rahman also had scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern and Western Michigan. He said that Illinois, Nebraska and Iowa were among his final choices.

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