Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.
Entering the Field:
No new offers to report.
Off the Board:
Virginia Tech double legacy Jalen Elliott committed to the Irish during his visit for Irish Invasion. Elliot has played at quarterback, receiver, and defensive back, but the staff sees him primarily as a safety with the potential to swing to corner if needed.
Devin Asiasi has been evaluated as a tight end and a defensive end by many schools, but he prefers tight end. With the talent Notre Dame has on campus and the commitment of Brock Wright, the #1 tight end in the 2017 class, the staff doesn't want to take another tight end in this class, so expect this recruitment to just fade away.
Elite Georgian Marquez Callaway visited for Irish Invasion and loved it, to the point that he said he'll make an official visit for the fall. Callaway and Kevin Stepherson were clearly the two top wideouts at Irish Invasion; Stepherson is more polished, but Callaway is more dynamic.
Kory Charles, offered just before the last Big Board update, said Notre Dame is in his top three schools, but isn't his top schools, because it's too early for that. Capisce?
New Jerseyan Jordan Fuller told the Bergen Record that he has "learned that coaches will tell you anything, so you have to go off how you feel on campus. If you could see yourself there, go with your heart." Interesting in that Ohio State is one of his suitors, and that there are rumors that his brother Devin is not exactly pleased with Jim Mora's honesty, or lack thereof. Hmm. He has said he wants to visit Notre Dame this summer.
Jack Jones just picked up an offer from Florida, but it would still be a shock if the Long Beach Poly product ends up anywhere but USC.
Ahmir Mitchell finally made it to campus with his 7-on-7 team after his original scheduled visit for Junior Day was snowed out. He liked it a lot, enough to put Notre Dame in his top three, but not quite enough to move the Irish even with co-leaders Ohio State and Michigan.
Georgian Demetris Robertson, who the Irish staff likes in the secondary but would probably get a chance to play both ways, has shown increased interest in Notre Dame since childhood friend Spencer Perry committed and could potentially take an official visit in the fall. While they're not particularly close, Perry seems to have made him think.
New This Week:
No new offers since the last update.
Off the Board:
Ohio-Indiana transplant Austin Mack surprised no one by picking Ohio State in June. He had interest in Notre Dame early in the process, but once he visited Ohio State they took the lead and never looked back.
Kevin Stepherson, a top target for the staff ever since Scott Booker traveled to Jacksonville and saw him work out, joined Jalen Elliott in pledging to Notre Dame during Irish Invasion. The staff believes they got a genuine steal.
Chase Claypool will announce his commitment at The Opening later this week; with momentum building sharply since he also attended Irish Invasion, he is widely expected to pick the Irish over offers from Oregon, Michigan, and many others.
Detroit product Donnie Corley will also announce at The Opening, and will most likely add to Michigan State's glow in this cycle. The Notre Dame staff no doubt saw the writing on the wall when Corley, who has been trending away from the Irish steadily for quite some time, cancelled a planned visit for Irish Invasion.
Creme-de-la-creme prospect Nate Craig-Myers plans to ramp up his recruitment after The Opening, but never mentions Notre Dame. The talented Floridian is extremely likely to stay in the South.
Dylan Crawford doesn't yet have an offer from Oregon but made it abundantly clear to 247 ($) that the Ducks will be in the driver's seat if they make the move.
Divine Deablo, who would make headline writers for Notre Dame coverage happier than they've been since Golden Tate called South Bend home, visited the home state North Carolina Tar Heels three times in June. Connect the dots.
Former Baylor commit Tren'Davian Dickson recently tweeted a top six of Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC.
Devin Duvernay will also be at The Opening and will trim his list down soon.
There are whispers that the Notre Dame staff cooled on Brad Hawkins, who is heavily considering Michigan and Rutgers.
Javon McKinley is the top receiver target for the Irish and they look to be in good position for his services. USC is his childhood favorite and will always lurk as a threat, but it seems they've cast their lot with other targets and might have too much ground to make up if they change their minds. McKinley was at Irish Invasion but didn't work out, instead spending plenty of one-on-one time hanging out with Will Fuller. Deluxe.
Floridian Tre Nixon tweeted out his top ten, which included nine football factories and Duke. Hmm. Nixon was an early target for Tony Alford but it seems like things cooled off after the staff reorganization - hard to say who cooled on who.
In an unusual twist, five-star talent Darnell Salomon just pleaded guilty to theft charges stemming from an incident during an unofficial visit to Georgia last year. After the plea Georgia barred him from campus, so, probably not going to go there. He also named Alabama his leader. Given that he just took a transfer who was expelled from Georgia for a domestic violence incident (shockingly, that didn't end well), I'm guessing Saban won't care too much about the theft of an iPhone.
Marquez Stevenson would be a very tough pull from the Bayou State, but he does keep in contact with the staff regularly. Todd Lyght has done some great work building relationships quickly in Louisiana.
Tyler Vaughns would like to commit this summer, and the hometown Trojans pretty much have a stranglehold on his recruitment. At the very least, Notre Dame is definitively on the outside looking in here.
Elite wideout Binjimen Victor was going to announce a commitment on June 22nd, but instead announced he's postponing his commitment and keeping his options open. Regardless, the Irish - and other Northern schools that he's actually visited recently - still seem like an extreme longshot at this point.