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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: What Is Really Left On The Board?

Let’s take a quick and honest look at what prospects are options for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Joshua Paschal
Twitter @Andrew_Ivins

There is no bowl game for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. No last chance on the field to impress recruits a showcase what may be needed in the future. Notre Dame still has their Echoes Award Show this weekend, and that is going to be packed with current commits and a nice handful of of uncommitted recruits. Notre Dame hopes to WOW their final targets and gain their signature on National Signing Day on February, 1.

Even with the latest attrition of players for Notre Dame, they still are somewhat tight on scholarships. The Irish have 17 commits at the moment, and would like to take at least 20 or 21.

So, we’re talking about 3-4 spots (if my math is correct... 21-17=?). Let’s take a quick look at some of those candidates. In fact, these are the 6 that I feel are the most likely to be Irish. (Not to be confused for a prediction- just the six that are closest to becoming Irish at this moment according to my gut. No science involved).

Thomas Graham has been rumored to be a huge Irish lean for a long time now. Still, this is now December and no decision has been made. The biggest competition for the Irish may be Oregon and Arizona. Oregon, unlike Notre Dame, is making a coaching change, and Arizona’s defensive back coach is leaving for Nebraska.

Chris Miller is a wide receiver prospect that is currently committed to Colorado. The Irish just recently offered Miller, and although Colorado had a stellar season, Miller has wanted the offer from Notre Dame throughout the process. He could flip to Notre Dame very soon.

Jamire Calvin has been a name that has been at the top of the board for Notre Dame for a long time. He is a highly coveted wide receiver from California and this appears to be a Nebraska / Notre Dame battle. Calvin has one official visit left and he is using it to be at Notre Dame this weekend. A great visit could very well trigger a commitment.

Antjuan Simmons is about as sure of a bet left as it gets. While nothing is officially coming out of the Simmons camp, the former Ohio State commit is tagged as a future commitment by recruiting sources. Simmons will be at Notre Dame this weekend for Echoes, and the Irish may have its replacement for the loss of Pete Werner by the end of the weekend. This is a Notre Dame / Michigan State battle with Arizona trying to elbow itself into the mix.

Joshua Paschal may be one of the most interesting and biggest players left on the board. Paschal wanted to commit to the Irish this summer, but he had some academic work to do. In a lot of those cases, either the prospect doesn’t do the work- or says he is and doesn’t do the work. Paschal, according to reports, has done the work and a commitment is now acceptable for Notre Dame. He too will be at Echoes this weekend. This is a HUGE need for Notre Dame, and this weekend is extremely important to fend off Maryland and Kentucky.

Jerron Cage is the brother of current Notre Dame defensive lineman, Daniel Cage. Jerron also has a verbal commitment to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Be that as it may, Cage has been up to Notre Dame multiple times this season, and perhaps, in the end, the pull to play with his brother may be the deciding factor. More so than any of the other six, I would say Cage is a coin flip- and a coin flip Notre Dame greatly needs to win.

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

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 79/85 85/85

* Player eligible for a fifth year.