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Notre Dame added a defensive recruit to its 2014 recruiting class with plenty of family history with the Irish.

Jonathan Bonner, a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder from Parkway Central in Chesterfield, Mo., committed to Notre Dame hours after receiving his offer from the program Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

"You can pretty much say that it's my family's school, so I've decided to commit to the University of Notre Dame," Bonner told Irish Sports Daily. "My uncle (Dany Knott) played running back there a while back and my godfather's grandson was (former Notre Dame defensive back) Sergio Brown, so I've heard about all the benefits and I know how a diploma from there will benefit me later in life."

Bonner told Irish Sports Daily that the coaching staff told him he will play outside linebacker for the Irish. Bonner had 64 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior, according to Irish Sports Daily.

He is rated a three-star prospect by and 247Sports.

Bonner's decision was also reported by Irish Illustrated and Blue & Gold Illustrated.

Bonner is the 13th member of Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class, and joins linebacker Greer Martini, tackle Jay Hayes and end Andrew Trumbetti as defensive recruits.

2014 Notre Dame oral commitments

Alex Bars, OL 6-6, 290, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

Justin Bonner, LB, 6-3, 253, Parkway Central, Chesterfield, Mo.

Justin Brent, WR, 6-3, 193, Speedway, Indianapolis

Jimmy Byrne, OL, 6-4, 275, St. Ignatius, Cleveland

Jay Hayes, DT, 6-5, 270, Poly Prep, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Elijah Hood, RB, 5-11, 221, Charlotte Catholic, Charlotte, N.C.

DeShone Kizer, QB, 6-4, 205, Central Catholic, Toledo, Ohio

Greer Martini, LB, 6-3, 230, Woodberry Forest, Woodberry Forest, Va.

Sam Mustipher, OL, 6-4, 286, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md.

Quenton Nelson, OL, 6-5, 282, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, N.J.

Tyler Newsome, K/P, 6-3, 190, Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Ga.

Andrew Trumbetti, DE, 6-5, 249, Demarest, Demarest, N.J.

Nic Weishar, TE, 6-5, 215, Marist, Midlothian, Ill.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.