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Pete Werner Decommits From Notre Dame And We Wait For More

Here come more bruises for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

NCAA Football: Miami at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish recruiting machine can officially be classified as “in trouble.” 2017 linebacker Pete Werner has decommitted from Notre Dame per 247.

Werner was an incredibly important part of the Notre Dame recruiting class for 2017. It’s no secret that the Irish defense can use all the help it can find in the coming years, and the lack of elite defensive line prospects makes the linebackers that much more important if the Irish plan on having a good front 7.

Werner is also a prospect from the state of Indiana- and a catholic high school. If you’re Notre Dame, the most powerful catholic school in the country which just so happens to be in the state of Indiana- YOU CAN’T LOSE PROSPECTS FROM AN INDIANA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. Especially if the kid was already committed.

Werner took a visit to Columbus for the Ohio State Buckeyes VS the Michigan Wolverines (and is likely a Buckeye lean right now), so the writing has been on the wall since Saturday. At least he had the decency of not dragging this out much longer. It’s not like Notre Dame is going to be able to replace him, but the PR closer to signing day won’t be as bad.

Or... it doesn’t matter because the PR might get way, way worse. Notre Dame is in a dog fight for a few committed prospects right now, and they don’t have much of a backup plan in place- nor are they in the running for very many prospects, legitimately.

By our count on the One Foot Down scholarship chart for 2017, this decommitment drops Notre Dame to 86 players for 2017 (85 limit). Of course a few guys that are on that list that are current Notre Dame players are probably going to be elsewhere in 2017, so this makes the journey to 85 for 2017 that much harder.

We will have much more on Notre Dame football recruiting in the coming weeks. It may get really sad around here.

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Fifth Year Senior

Avery Davis

Ian Book

Brandon Wimbush*

DeShone Kizer*

Running Back

CJ Holmes

Deon Macintosh

Tony Jones

Josh Adams

Dexter Williams

Justin Brent*

Tarean Folston

Wide Receiver

Jordan Pouncey

Michael Young

Chase Claypool

Javon McKinley

Kevin Stepherson

CJ Sanders

Miles Boykin*

Equanimous St. Brown

Corey Holmes*

Tight End

Cole Kmet

Brock Wright

Alize' Jones

Nic Weishar*

Tyler Luatua

Jacob Matuska

Durham Smythe


Tristan Hoge*

Sam Mustipher*


Dillan Gibbons

Robert Hainsey

Parker Boudreaux

Trevor Ruhland*

Jimmy Byrne*

Quentin Nelson*

Colin McGovern

Hunter Biven


Josh Lugg

Liam Eichenberg

Tommy Kraemer

Alex Bars*

Mike McGlinchey

Defensive Tackle

Darnell Ewell

Kurt Hinish

Jerry Tillery

Micah Dew-Treadway*

Brandon Tiassum*

Elijah Taylor*

Pete Mokwah*

Daniel Cage

Defensive End

Jonathon MacCollister

Ade Ogundeji

Julian Okwara

Daelin Hayes

Khalid Kareem

Jonathon Bonner

Jay Hayes*

Andrew Trumbetti


David Adams

Drew White

Jamir Jones

Jonathon Jones

TeVon Coney

Josh Barajas*

Asmar Bilal*

Greer Martini

Nyles Morgan


Paulson Adebo

Elijah Hicks

Julian Love

Donte Vaughn

Troy Pride

Shaun Crawford*

Ashton White*

Nick Coleman

Nick Watkins

Isaiah Robertson

Spencer Perry

DJ Morgan

Devin Studstill

Jalen Elliott

Nico Fertitta

Drue Tranquill*


John Shannon

Justin Yoon

Tyler Newsome*
Totals 17/85 40/85 61/85 80/85 86/85

* Player eligible for a fifth year.