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You all are familiar with our eligibility chart so I will get right to it. Players in Blue are in the 2 deep or at least get regular reps. Players in Red are currently injured.
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The math is below.
9 Seniors that will be eligible to apply for a 5th year
21 Verbal Commitments
19 Total scholarships available for new recruits if all 9 of the 5th year options are utilized.
With 21 verbal commitments 2 of those 5th year options are already gone.
That leaves a maximum of 7 additional spots available as a 1 for 1 replacement for 5th year options.
The prevailing opinion seems to be that ND will take 3 additional commitments and potentially a 4th if an elite prospect wants to come on board at the last minute. That means that only 3-4 current players will be able to exercise their 5th year option.
Let's take a quick look the 9 players with a 5th year option.
Players that we know are returning for a 5th year
Players on the bubble
Cierre Wood- NFL draft evaluation pending
Players that I expect to be gone
Tyler Eifert- NFL Draft
So here is how I see this playing out.
I am assuming that Tyler Stockton and Jake Golic have already been replaced by current commits. So if we get the additional 3-4 commitments then the first one will take Tyler Eifert's spot leaving those players on the bubble to return for a 5th year as the remaining 1 for 1 options for new commitments.
I expect Cierre Wood to declare for the draft and remove himself from the mix. I have seen rumors of a preferred walk on being offered to a kicker which would lead me to believe that Tausch is likely gone as well. That would make room for commitments #2 and 3. So that potential 4th verbal would mean that the staff would have to choose between keeping Carlo Calabrese and Dan Fox for that final available scholarship.
*Any other attrition like transfers and/ or medical hardships would obviously create additional spots for those players on the bubble for a 5th year.
It appears likely that Notre Dame will get an additional 2 to 3 commitments out of the Under Armour and U.S. Army All-American games this weekend. If that happens this class will just about be wrapped up. You are all familiar with our Big Board now let's take a quick look at the current Notre Dame commits and potential verbals that are participating in these All-Star Games.
Under Armour All-American Game
Friday 4 Jan 5pm ESPN
#34 Alex Anzalone LB (ND verbal)
#70 Hunter Bivin OL (ND verbal)
#60 Colin McGovern OL (ND verbal, *not playing)
#10 Tarean Folston RB (Expected to announce between Notre Dame, Oregon and Florida State)
#1 Max Redfield S (Expected to announce between Notre Dame and USC)
Semper Fidelis All-AmericanBowl
Friday 4 Jan 9pm NFL Network
U.S. Army All-AmericanBowl
Saturday 5 Jan 1pm NBC
#1 Greg Bryant RB (ND verbal)
#74 John Montelus OL (ND verbal)
#26 Doug Randolph OLB (ND verbal)
#8 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE (Could potentially announce for ND)
#72 Steve Elmer OL (ND verbal)
#84 Torii Hunter Jr WR (ND verbal, *injured)
#88 Corey Robinson WR (ND verbal)
#9 Jaylon Smith OLB (ND verbal)
#47 Eddie Vanderdoes DT (ND target)
How do you see this playing out down the stretch?