Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.
Entering The Field
No new offers have gone out since the last Big Board update.
Xavier Gaines made it clear to Rivals that he'll be a Gator roughly one nanosecond after they give him a committable offer. He also said that Florida and Notre Dame are in his top two, which is interesting considering there has been very little buzz about the staff actually pursuing him at this point.
Off the Board
Jawon Pass, who the Irish staff thinks is destined for big things but never really considered the Irish, pulled a bit of a surprise in committing to Louisville - he was widely expected to land in the SEC.
The saga plays on for elite 2017 prospect Hunter Johnson, #9 overall in the 2017 247 Composite. He's seriously considering the Irish along with Tennessee, North Carolina State, and Northwestern, but at this point it's hard to handicap the race. Whether Notre Dame tries to take a quarterback in the 2016 class will likely hinge on Johnson's decision. While he may mull things over still, he has planned for quite some time now to announce before his junior season starts. And the clock is ticking on that.
Entering the Field
No new offers to report.
Cal legacy Damian Alloway made it to South Bend with his uncle last week, his first time on campus. By all accounts the visit was a smashing success; although Alloway didn't commit before he left (as far as we know), the Irish are in an extremely strong position here. He said through his 7-on-7 team that he'll officially announce his commitment to whoever (wink wink) in the second week of September.
Elijah Holyfield, despite the rumored wishes of Evander that he sign with Notre Dame, announced a top five of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee recently and also his intentions to commit in September. Elijah enjoyed his Junior Day visit but never seemed to be anywhere near as interested in the Irish as his hard-hitting father
Florida back Deon McIntosh is thus far resisting his brother Richard's overtures to join with him at Da U. Earlier in the summer he named several schools that will likely receive an official visit from him; among those schools was Notre Dame. Not among those schools was Miami. Hmm.
Devwah Whaley talked to Scout ($) and it sounds like Oklahoma is his leader. He eliminated Notre Dame several weeks ago.
Off the Board
No commits elsewhere by Irish targets.