A group of elite athletes will breeze onto the Notre Dame campus this weekend and bring with them the unmistakably optimistic buzz of recruiting season. We here at OFD humbly (sort of) offer you this primer for the potential attendees. All rankings are from the 247 Composite, and where possible I've linked the player's name to his Hudl, YouTube, or other highlights. Please remember that this list is neither exhaustive nor final - the only constant is change. We've included everyone who was invited and we haven't heard is not coming, if you can follow that. As players are scratched or added, we'll update the list.
Updated the 247 Composite ratings for 2016 prospects - 247 just released their own updated ratings today, which affected the Composite ratings.
- 2015 TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe
- 2015 TE/ATH Inoke Moala
- 2016 SDE Josh King
- 2016 ATH/RB Dorian Maddox
- 2016 DB Robbie Robinson
- 2016 WR Josh Imatorbhebhe
- 2016 WR John Bates
- 2017 ATH/WR Kahlee Hamler
- 2015 ATH/LB Jerome Baker (rescheduled for family reasons, wants to visit later this summer)
- 2015 CB Nick Coleman
- 2016 SDE Kyree Campbell (tentatively rescheduled visit for later this summer)
Malik Henry, 2016 pro-style QB, #5 overall, #1 position - The Irish staff will have a difficult job to reel Henry in; the California native who has never visited Ohio State recently said that they're at the top for him. That's not as random as it may seem, however, as his grandparents live in Canton. He'll visit OSU on Thursday before heading to ND.
Jawon Pass, 2016 dual-threat QB, #62 overall, #2 position - Early indications are that Mississippi State leads for the Carver (Columbus, GA) product, but his recruitment has been heating up lately with recent offers from Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Auburn. Should he commit to ND, "Puma" would win the Coolest Nickname in the 2016 Class award by default.
Jake Zembiec, 2016 pro-style QB, #243 overall, #11 position - New York's 2013 Player of the Year hails from the same high school that gave us Jarron Jones, but does not yet hold an ND offer. Kelly and LaFleur likely wanted to see the Penn State lean in person before offering; it will be interesting to see if a new offer has any effect on his affinity for Happy Valley.
Damien Harris, 2015 RB, #23 overall, #1 position - The Kentucky native and erstwhile Michigan commit is now considered an Ohio State lean, and his attendance is in the "believe it when I see it" category - especially since some reports have him in Columbus this weekend. Even if Harris does make it to campus, a commitment to OSU seems inevitable.
Jacques Patrick, 2015 RB, #44 overall, #2 position - Not much other than geography separates Patrick and Harris - the Floridian Patrick is also an immensely talented back with a long list of suitors. Patrick will probably be very difficult to draw out of the South, as Alabama and Florida State lead for his services; however, Irish Invasion will be his second visit to Notre Dame in two weeks. Stay tuned.
Mike Weber, 2015 RB, #92 overall, #10 position - Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State all feel good about their chances with the powerful Detroit back, while Notre Dame seems to sit outside his top five. Weber has been offered by essentially the entire Big Ten, but not yet by the Irish; if he earns an offer and it doesn't move the needle, that's all you need to know.
Dexter Williams, 2015 RB, #106 overall, #14 position - Williams committed to Miami in April but has been very active on the recruiting trail since then, logging visits to Georgia Tech, Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, and now Notre Dame. It seems the "safety school" shoe may be on the other foot... Dexter is good friends with Jacques Patrick and has talked about making the trip to camp with him.
LeVante Bellamy, 2015 APB, #399 overall, #12 position - Bellamy's ratings are uninspiring and his offer list is not exceptional. That all may change very quickly, though, as a number of major programs have taken recent interest; in addition to Notre Dame, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, and Mississippi State have taken a shine to the speedster of late. If he leaves camp with an offer, look for Notre Dame to move up his board.
Josh Adams, 2015 RB, #403 overall, #31 position - There has been some sentiment out there that if Notre Dame turned up the heat on Adams, he would respond in kind. The Keystone State star is considered a heavy Penn State lean at this point, though, and it's possible the Irish missed the boat. In addition to Notre Dame and Penn State, Stanford and Pitt are very much in the running for his services.
Dorian Maddox, 2016 ATH, unrated - Maddox holds only one offer at this point, from Charlotte, but he stars for D-I feeder Gilman in Maryland. If he can make a splash at camps, he'll certainly have the stage to become a major prospect during his senior season. His highlight film certainly makes it look like he'll have more offers.
Ykili Ross, 2015, #186 overall, #21 position - Really fast and physical, Ross could play on either side of the ball for the Irish. He's being recruited by Bob Elliott, which would make you think the staff is leaning towards corner, but then Crawford and Coleman are already in the fold. So who knows? What's certain is that he has an elite offer list and what's probable is that he'll stay out West. But he'll be here this weekend.
K.J. Hill, 2015, #200 overall, #26 position - Another talented player who is attending camp even though there's seemingly very little ND buzz around him, there seems to be a two-horse race for Hill between Arkansas and Auburn. He's universally rated as a receiver, yet Bob Elliott again is helping in his recruitment. With Coleman and Crawford's ball skills, we wonder if the staff might see receivers and defensive backs as interchangeable in this class.
Jalen Guyton, 2015, #467 overall, #55 position - While those who look only at rankings may have questioned the offer to this Notre Dame commit, those who look at cohort did not - Guyton was also offered by Arizona State, Clemson, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Texas A&M, among others. The general sentiment is that Guyton is a Corey Holmes clone, who is a TJ Jones clone. Cadillac problems.
Austin Mack, 2016, #78 overall, #2 position - Mack hails from Bishop Luers, the alma mater of one Jaylon Smith. In the last week the talented junior-to-be has picked up offers from Ohio State and Michigan at their camps, but he does not yet hold one from Notre Dame. Look for him to earn an offer with a strong performance.
Desmond Fitzpatrick, 2016, #225 overall, #38 position - The Michigan native has generated some buzz lately; Michigan and Michigan State lead the way, with Ohio State and Tennessee in the wings. Like the Irish, though, none of those programs has extended an offer. Fitzpatrick visited ND twice in April, so the Irish could jump to the lead with an offer after camp.
Josh Imatorbhebhe, 2016, #264 overall, #44 position - The physical North Gwinnett (GA) star does not yet hold a Notre Dame offer, but is sought after by plenty of heavyweights. His leaders right now are Georgia and Vanderbilt, so it looks like he likes the South but isn't afraid of academics. It'll be interesting to see if an offer from the Irish can get us on his leaderboard. Visiting with his brother, 2015 TE Daniel.
Jordan Overton, 2016 ATH, unranked - The versatile Ohioan could be a slot receiver or cornerback at the next level, but I think if he were to land at ND he would be on offense. He has a number of mid-level offers now, but has started to catch the eye of major programs - Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan have all been in contact with him recently. He has said he hopes to make a splash at Irish Invasion.
Kyeler Burke, 2016, unranked - Hard to find much info out there about the versatile Burke, who could play receiver or running back at the next level. He has no offers that I can find, no profile on 247 or Scout, and his Rivals profile shows a single school as an interest, Arizona State. Hopefully Burke can put himself on the map at the Invasion.
John Bates, 2016, unranked - The Oregonian is one of the biggest receivers Kelly has recruited, already checking in at 6'5" and 195 lbs. as a sophomore. Bates doesn't seem to really be on anyone's radar right now, but playing in a town of about 3,000 people tends to make it hard to be noticed. He played receiver, running back, and quarterback (with actual throws) last year. I'm very intrigued to see what the reports on him come out of the Invasion.
Kahlee Hamler, 2017 ATH, unranked - Hamler just received an offer from nearby Michigan State after running past, through, and around everyone at their camp, even the 2015 prospects. Expect to hear more about him as more people see his abilities.
Daniel Imatorbhebhe, 2015, #1111 overall, #36 position - The Georgia native has a better cohort than his rating would suggest: he's currently committed to Missouri and holds offers from Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, among others, and has drawn some interest from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, USC, and Wisconsin. He'll visit with his younger brother, 2016 WR Josh.
Inoke Moala, 2015 ATH, unranked - Moala plays his high school ball at nearby Mishawaka-Penn, who he lead to the state rugby title last week. He does not hold an offer from anyone at this point. There's not much more information out there on him than that right now, although some Big 5 schools have shown interest lately and Moala will make the camp circuit this summer to raise his profile. I get the sense that the staff sees him as a "big skill" guy, especially since Mike Elston is his recruiter.
Jake Hausmann, 2016, #106 overall, #3 position - Already 6'4" and 228 lbs as a sophomore, the Moeller product has a top two of Ohio State and Notre Dame. Hausmann has a very impressive offer list, and even if the Irish can keep suitors such as Florida State, Michigan and Penn State at bay they'll probably have a dogfight till the end with the Buckeyes. Mike Elston is working hard on this one.
Luke Farrell, 2016, #258 overall, #9 position - Farrell is even bigger than Hausmann at 6'6" and 235 lbs. He's drawn less national interest than Hausmann so far, but he does hold offers from Ohio State and Michigan. Notre Dame will likely hold out until they have a better feel for the higher-rated prospects - Hausmann and Isaac Nauta, especially - but he could give the staff something to think about at camp.
Drew Schoeberl, 2016, unrated - The Hoosier State prospect has interest from some solid programs, most notably Wisconsin and Iowa, but no offers yet. It seems unlikely that he could earn an ND offer this early in the process, but he could at least get on the radar.
Tristen Hoge, 2015 C, #91 overall, #1 position - Hoge is probably one of the most solid commitments Notre Dame has had in quite some time; the custom ND paint job on his truck wasn't enough, so he got one on his off-roader too. The top-rated center in the 2014 class has strength and athleticism to spare, and an unmatched mean streak. It'll be fun to see him mauling in the trenches for the Irish.
Jerry Tillery, 2015 OT, #116 overall, #11 position - Notre Dame secured its first commitment from the Bayou State since Wilson was president, or so it felt, when Tillery pledged to the Irish. LSU has sniffed around and won't back down anytime soon, but the lifelong Irish fan seems firm in his commitment. He'll be an excellent heir to Elmer and Stanley. (Note: I can't find junior season highlights for him, so the link is to sophomore highlights.)
Trevor Ruhland, 2015 OG, #696 overall, #45 position - Harry Hiestand has earned enough respect from the Notre Dame fanbase that nobody batted an eye when Ruhland committed. If he's good enough for Harry, he's sure good enough for us. Look at Ruhland's video, and you can see why Hiestand likes him - he told a recruiting analyst once that "the whistle is a suggestion," and that's clearly how he plays.
Liam Eichenberg, 2016 OT, #51 overall, #8 position - Eichenberg just named Michigan his leader this week after visiting their camp. The St. Ignatius athlete - he was teammates with incoming freshman OG Jerry Byrne - will no doubt be chased to the end by others as well, including Ohio State and Florida State. If Notre Dame hasn't made a move after the Invasion, it probably won't happen. (Note: Couldn't find any highlight videos.)
Parker Boudreaux, 2016 OG, #139 overall, #6 position -
Despite the lack of a 247 Composite rating, Befitting his new 247 Composite rating, the Floridian behemoth has a pretty solid cohort, especially for this early in the process. He currently holds offers from Arkansas, Louisville, Miami, Penn State, and West Virginia, in addition to many other smaller programs. No Notre Dame offer yet, though.
Sean Foster, 2016 OT, #301 overall, #24 position - The Illinois native has drawn some interest from elite programs, but to date no offers. He's making the circuit of summer camps in an attempt to raise his profile; he has already attended Michigan State's and Iowa's camps. A solid showing at Notre Dame will certainly help accomplish his goal.
Trent Maynard, 2016 OT, #348 overall, #30 position - Maynard, from just down the road in Indianapolis, has also begun to see some attention from major programs. Illinois offered Tuesday, and he drew raves even when compared to 2015 recruits at Vandy's camp last week. He'll get his chance to earn an offer as well.
Byron Cowart, 2015 SDE, #15 overall, #2 position - Alabama, Florida, and Oregon sit atop the list of suitors for Rivals' #1 overall player, but Notre Dame could be making a move. If Cowart makes it to the Invasion, look for him to schedule an official visit during the season and from there anything could happen. Cowart would be an instant contributor, but right now that's just the germ of a dream. Tony Alford will see if he can get that dream to take root.
Jashon Cornell, 2015 WDE, #37 overall, #3 position - At different points rumors have floated that the Cretin-Derham star was leaning towards Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, or Penn State; there was even some conflicting info about whether he would be at Penn State or ND this weekend. There are some conditioning concerns floating around, as well as rumors that Michigan has backed off. Grab the popcorn.
Mekhi Brown, 2015 WDE, #44 overall, #4 position - The Georgia native and Alabama commit seemingly showed interest in Notre Dame out of the blue the other day when he said he'd visit this weekend; he's actually visiting Ohio State today and then will try to get to South Bend in time for the Invasion, but regardless will be on campus this weekend. Brown has visited Mississippi State, Tennessee, Clemson, Texas A&M, and Florida already since committing to Alabama more than a year ago. If the Irish can get in the door here, deluxe.
Austin Bryant, 2015 WDE, #144 overall, #11 position - Widely expected to stay in the South, the Georgia native will kick the tires on Notre Dame this weekend and could surprise some people. He just took a visit to Clemson and raved about the "family feel," which one would think bodes well for his Notre Dame visit. Also holds a Stanford offer, so academics shouldn't scare him off. Would be an excellent addition to the class.
Elijah Taylor, 2015 DT, #322 overall, #23 position - Another guy whose cohort is better than is rankings, the Moeller athlete and recent Notre Dame holds offers from Florida State, Ohio State, Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He's probably the most ready to contribute in 2015 of the three DT commits.
Brandon Tiassum, 2015 DT, #552 overall, #35 position - The athletic Indianan is surprisingly quick for such a big man, which should serve him very well in Brian VanGorder's one-gap defense. He holds offers from Louisville and Miami and had been drawing some interest from bigger national programs like Alabama, Florida State and UCLA in addition to most of the Big Ten; it'll be interesting to see if the camp circuit boosts his profile.
Micah Dew-Treadway, 2015 SDE, #766 overall, #38 position - The Bolingbrook product is an athletic specimen who is the very definition of an upside player. He'll probably grow into a 5-technique defensive tackle, given that he's 275 pounds already and has gained 60 solid pounds in the last two years. And if you really need a reason to get excited about him, his coach said he's a "great kid, great character, great personality, very witty." Sound familiar?
Garrett Rand, 2016 DT, #30 overall, #4 position - From the same Arizona high school as 2016 WR prospect Kyeler Burke, Rand currently only holds offers from Arizona and Arizona State. That's sure to change soon; in addition to the Irish, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Stanford have shown interest. He cites education as a priority and Stanford as a "dream school," which at least means academics are important to him.
Josh King, 2016 SDE, #33 overall, #2 position - I'm not clear on whether King will actually stay for camp, but according to his own glowing comments he was blown away when he arrived at Notre Dame yesterday and received his offer from Kelly (note Eric's comments with his tweets below). I have to note that somewhere, because just the potential for the Irish to reel in two top 35 defensive lineman in 2016 has me giddy as a schoolgirl.
Kyree Campbell, 2016 SDE, #224 overall, #11 position - The Virginia native holds offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others. He doesn't seem to have an Irish offer, though, and according to the recruiting services the Irish aren't on his radar. And yet he's here...
Corey Malone-Hatcher, 2017 WDE, unrated - The Michigan man (geographically speaking, thankfully) has already visited Alabama once and Michigan and Michigan State multiple times each. He has already camped at Clemson and Virginia this summer, and after Irish Invasion he'll camp at Maryland, Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State. He also has tentative visits set for Penn State and North Carolina. Before the summer's out, we'll know if he's the real deal.
Justin Hilliard, 2015 OLB, #21 overall, #2 position - The race for the Cincinnati-St. Xavier athlete's services always looked like it had only two cars, Ohio State and Notre Dame, despite the fact that basically the entire country offered Hilliard. As we draw close to the finish line - he said he'd announce in early July - tensions have peaked. I believe Hilliard is a coin flip for the Irish, and this weekend could go a long way towards settling his mind one way or the other.
Jerome Baker, 2015 ATH, #41 overall, #4 position - The Clevelander is an "athlete" in recruiting rankings, as he could also play running back, but most likely his future is at linebacker. He's considered an Ohio State lean by now, unfortunately, and Notre Dame likely has an uphill climb to match the Buckeyes in his eyes. Baker is friends with Hilliard, although I'm not sure either of them would put too much stock in playing together. Any positive momentum on Baker would be a great job by the staff.
Porter Gustin, 2015 OLB, #82 overall, #7 position - Hardly a consolation prize after Hilliard and Baker, the Utah linebacker is a legitimate talent in his own right. Gustin has an extremely impressive offer list, but what might be even more noteworthy is that he acquitted himself well as a running back last year. Athletes = good.
Jahvoni Simmons, 2015 ILB, #138 overall, #2 position - Notre Dame hasn't really been on the radar for Simmons in any significant fashion, but he wouldn't come in from Virginia if he didn't have some interest. Simmons's offer list reads like a Who's Who of college football - Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin - with Notre Dame as a notable omission. Perhaps an offer would make that Irish radar blip come to life.
Cassius Peat, 2015 OLB, #320 overall, #23 position - The Arizona star and brother of current Stanford OL Andrus Peat is most likely on the outside looking in with this Irish class. The Barajas commitment really changed the available numbers in the linebacking corps, allowing the staff to more or less sit tight and see how it plays out with the elite guys.
Tevon Coney, 2015 ILB, #371 overall, #11 position - Once again, a disconnect between cohort and ratings for the young Floridian. While his ratings are "meh," his offer list is excellent, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, and Tennessee. Tony Alford on the job again.
Chris Green, 2015 ILB, #562 overall, #21 position - The Toledo native has been open about his hope to earn an offer at Irish Invasion, saying the coaches want to see how he does in pass coverage before offering. Green turns 19 this summer and has exhausted his high school eligibility per Ohio rules. It'll be interesting to see if sitting out his senior season, even if the reason is out of his control, will have any effect on his recruitment.
Arthur McGinnis, 2015 OLB, #568 overall, #36 position - The Louisianan's recruitment has gained steam lately, as he's garnered increasing attention from major programs. Interestingly, he has said that he models his game after Manti Te'o's. He does already hold a Notre Dame offer, in addition to offers from Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and UCLA.
Matthew Draper, 2015 OLB, #896 overall, #58 position - The Ohio athlete doesn't hold any top-level offers - his best is probably Louisville - and will probably be playing for one at the Invasion. He's a Kentucky lean in the early going, although that may not stick if his camp circuit proves him more capable.
Casey Toohill, 2015 OLB, N/A overall, #85 position - Toohill hails from San Diego but has his eye on the other end of the West Coast, Washington; the Huskies offered on June 4th and instantly became his favorite. He's a smart kid, with offers from Yale, Dartmouth, and Harvard, and interest from Stanford and Notre Dame.
Daelin Hayes, 2016 OLB, #53 overall, #5 position - Right out of Michigan's backyard, Hayes was just added today to the list of confirmed attendees at Irish Invasion. He's a Nyles Morgan level talent who would be an excellent addition to the 2016 class. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin all have offered already, and I'd be surprised to see Hayes leave camp without an Irish offer.
Kendall Sheffield, 2015 CB, #11 overall, #3 position - Probably a pipe dream, but this Texas native expressed interest in the Irish last fall and now here he is at Irish Invasion. Sheffield is really the total package at corner, and would press for playing time from Day 1. He's most likely to stay home in Texas, but crazier things have happened.
Shaun Crawford, 2015 CB, #104 overall, #9 position - The Notre Dame staff secured a huge flip away from Michigan after smoothing over some hurt feelings about being ignored in favor of Diaco's strict profiles. Crawford plays much bigger than his 5'9" frame might indicate, and should be fun to watch as he blankets receivers and/or lays them out over the middle.
Nick Coleman, 2015 CB, #971 overall, #77 position - The first cornerback commit in this class, Ohioan Coleman has the feel of another undiscovered diamond. He looks excellent with the ball in his hands; he could possibly move to slot receiver if add another elite corner, and even if he doesn't he'll almost certainly return kicks. Coleman is my pick for sleeper of the class.
Markale Moses, 2015 CB, unrated - With the other players who are in the fold and still on the board, it's hard to imagine Moses getting an offer from Notre Dame at this point. In fact, the native Oklahoman is waiting for an offer not just from the Irish, but from all people he has interest in. At the very least he can get some solid instruction and get noticed.
Levonta Taylor, 2016 CB, #44 overall, #4 position - Considered a lean to the hometown team, Virginia, Taylor is nonetheless exploring his options - and he has plenty. The talented corner already holds offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU, and UCLA, among many others. Fast, physical, and full of swagger, Taylor could play on either side of the ball and on return units.
Robbie Robinson, 2016 ATH, #222 overall, #15 position - Yet another Virginian; could it be that the staff is ramping up efforts to tap this hotbed of talent that traditionally has not fed many kids to Notre Dame? Robinson can fly, timed at 4.44 in the 40 at a Nike camp. He seems to favor Clemson right now and it may be very difficult to pull him away, especially if he wants to run track.
Demetris Robinson, 2015 ATH, #53 overall, #2 position - Robinson could play safety or wide receiver, but the gut says he end ups at safety. Robinson has an absolutely elite offer list, and may already have a top two of Alabama and UCLA. Again, keep an eye on him to see if Notre Dame makes a move after his camp visit - if not, it's probably not going to happen.
Justin Tranquill, 2015 S, #330 overall, #20 position - The younger brother of incoming freshman Drue Tranquill, Justin is basically a slightly smaller, slightly quicker version of Drue. Justin has only a handful of major-program offers, so the camp circuit will be critical for him to get his abilities noticed.
Jahque Alleyne, 2015 S, #570 overall, #40 position - The Virginia native and teammate of 2016 target Levonta Taylor had been a target of mid level schools until recently, adding offers from Kentucky, Louisville, and Oregon in the last few months. Alleyne has pledged to take an official visit to all three schools, and could well add one to Notre Dame if he receives an Irish offer. Holds the "Name That Sounds Most Like a Game of Thrones Character" title in this class.
Nicco Ferttita, 2015 S, #931 overall, #67 position - The Arizonan and son of UFC co-founder Lorenzo Fertitta was one of the more controversial commitments taken in this Irish class due to his size and low rating. One look at his film, though, and you can see a fearless kid who hits like a freight train and plays well above his size. Fertitta should be able to contribute on special teams immediately, and could find a home as a nickel back down the road.
Brandon Jones, 2016 S, #23 overall, #1 position - The Texas native, who hails from the same hometown as US soccer hero Clint Dempsey, will be extremely difficult to pull away from Texas A&M unless something changes. His mother is pushing him not just to go to A&M but to commit early and shut it down, although he seems open to going through the recruiting process. Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, and Florida State are also in competition. If Jones leaves camp without making glowing comments about ND, we're probably out of it for good.
There are no specialists attending that we know of, but we'll keep this section here anyway just so PunterBro doesn't feel left out. And in case we hear of anyone. That too.