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Faith and Football: A Conversation With Madden Faraimo

Written by Jack McMillen ⏐ Writer ⏐ Twitter/X: @jwmcmillen14

Photo via Madden Faraimo


"All schools have slightly different values, and experiencing Notre Dame's the way I did was special."

The last few weeks have been massive for recruiting. The Irish have hosted numerous recruits for camps and visits. Marcus Freeman and company have been hot on the trail. One of their most intriguing prospects is a linebacker out of southern California: Madden Faraimo. Faraimo is going into his senior year at JSerra Catholic High School.


Faraimo is a composite 4-star prospect and has offers from schools like Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, and USC. He recently visited Notre Dame's campus on an official visit over the weekend of June 7th. He visited with fellow prospect Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng, and commits Anthony Sacca and Ko'o Kia.


"Just from the time I had with them on the visit, I know we'd have a good time playing together. Great guys and great players, we'd all push each other on and off the field to be great."

Madden reflected on his time spent with the aforementioned recruits. Notre Dame looks to add Faraimo and Owusu-Boateng to round out the 2025 linebacker class to join their already loaded room. Faraimo's explosive talent would have the chance to shine amongst elite recruits like Sacca and Kia, and the chemistry they're already showing could be promising in hopes of landing Faraimo's commitment.


"Once I started getting recruited and built my relationship with the coaches, I wanted to get out for a visit. With the history of the program and the weight of the degree, I had to see if I would fit there."

Faraimo received an official offer from the Irish in March of 2023. The recruiting staff has had ample time to get to know Madden and build a relationship with him. He took unofficial visits last June and this past spring. He's now added an official visit as well. Freeman and the staff have been recruiting at the highest level and this is no exception.


"The other schools I'm considering have great degrees as well, but Notre Dame still sticks out. My faith will always be first at any school I go to, and I know ND is the same way."

Madden holds his faith in high regard. His values align with Notre Dame's in a unique way. As a student at JSerra Catholic School, Faraimo is no stranger to the way that Notre Dame holds its faith at the center of its education. In addition to this, he touches on the importance of a degree. The weight of Notre Dame's degree is a selling point to players who want a solid path to fall back on when they one day retire from the game.


"I believe God will make it clear to me, I've been praying and he has been delivering. I am doing my own checklist but will continue to fall back on God's plan."

Madden continues to expand on the importance of his faith, saying he is trusting God with the decision of what school he will attend come fall of 2025. Again, this overlap in values paints Notre Dame as a strong suitor for Faraimo.


When asked what schools he was considering outside of Notre Dame, Faraimo answered "USC, Texas, and Washington." Just a couple days after his June official visit, he received a crystal ball to Notre Dame from 247 Sports insider Tom Loy.


Faraimo would join a group of players who have donned the blue and gold after playing in the Polynesian Bowl. This list includes recently drafted linebacker Marist Liufau, fresh faces such as Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa and Logan Saldate, as well as current commit Christopher Burgess Jr.


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