While USC and UCLA are battling over Snoop Lion's son, Cordell Broadus, Notre Dame has quietly added the offspring of another famous artist to its roster.
Jesse Bongiovi (on the left in the photo), the eldest son of Jon Bon Jovi, announced that he'll walk on for the Fighting Irish next year. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Bongiovi will graduate this spring from Brooklyn's Poly Prep High, where he played cornerback. At Poly Prep, Bongiovi played alongside another Irish recruit, Jay Hayes.
Bongiovi said he started following the Fighting Irish in 2004, when fellow Garden State native Charlie Weis was named head coach. A visit a few years later to South Bend cemented his support for the school.
"I came up here when I was in eighth grade and I just fell in love with the place," Bongiovi told IrishSportsDaily. “The culture here, the people here, the opportunities here, they're unreal. They're second to none. Given the opportunity to walk on to the team and become a part of this family was an easy decision for me."
After living on a prayer last year and riding a stout defense to the national championship, the Fighting Irish's defense loses key contributors, including Manti Te'o and Zeke Motta. But the Notre Dame defense will be anything but a bed of roses in 2013. The stout squad returns several standouts up front, like Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt. The secondary should take a step forward as well, meaning Bongioivi may spend most of next year on the sidelines.
Bongiovi isn't the only son of a rock star to walk on as a cornerback at a D-I school in recent years. John Mellencamp's son, Hud, is a sophomore at Duke.