Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football. After our inaugural 2017 Big Board posts covered the entire picture for the offense and defense, we're going to focus into position groups each week now to keep things a bit more manageable.
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Entering the Field
Lots of updates since we last checked in with on the wideouts.
Five-star prospects Tee Higgins and Tyjon Lindsey recently picked up Notre Dame offers; both are probably long shots but are also listening to the Irish now, which is all you can ask for. Lindsey transferred recently from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas to Centennial in California, where Javon McKinley also goes. Hmm.
Devonta Smith landed his ducat yesterday and, as we see so often, tweeted that he was "blessed" to receive it. He's from Louisiana and Alabama is his well-established leader; I'm guessing the offer here is little more than a nice-to-have for him, but we'll see.
Texan Omar Manning has long been considered a TCU lean, but is set on looking around and the Notre Dame offer may have piqued his interest enough to get the Irish in the race. Stay tuned.
Staying in the Lone Star State, Jalen Reagor also added a Notre Dame offer yesterday. The onetime Texas Tech commit has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Washington, and has drawn serious interest lately from Baylor and Texas.
Finally, once again hitting Texas - it's a big state - athlete Montrell Estell just got his Irish offer. He could actually be on commit watch for Texas, who gave him his long-awaited Horns offer last week.
Donovan Peoples-Jones just gave a top ten and included Notre Dame - he has been to campus a couple of times and has legitimate interest. Also, he did this. Whoa.
Trevon Grimes recently named Ohio State his leader. The roll they're on is absurd at this point.
Nothing really to report on Joseph Lewis; he has the Irish in the race and has built a very good relationship with Mike Denbrock, but USC is probably in the driver's seat.
Jerry Jeudy could visit Michigan soon and is currently on an unofficial visit to Miami. Alabama is pretty clearly in the lead here, though, and the Irish don't seem to have any traction.
Osiris St. Brown will take a real look at Stanford, but just like Jeudy and Alabama, Notre Dame is firmly in the driver's seat. He might not be the slam dunk for the Irish that we originally expected, especially since he may have a slight concern about distance while Equanimeous really had none. Still. it definitely would be surprising to see him land somewhere else.
By all accounts, the Irish staff absolutely hit it out of the park with Tarik Black and his parents on the just-completed junior day weekend. I wouldn't quite say he's on commit watch yet, but he's definitely one to keep an eye on.
Tylan Wallace just impressed at The Opening regional in Dallas. His recruitment is fairly quiet right now, although Oklahoma is considered his clear leader.
Charleston Rambo came up from Texas to visit Notre Dame for that junior day, in the company of new Irish QB commit Avery Davis. The few signs we saw were positive, and gaining a commitment from his teammate and friend can't hurt.
No news on Taariq Johnson; he named Notre Dame one of his top schools back in December but there doesn't seem to be all that much momentum since then.
Trey Blount came up from Georgia for the junior day weekend and Notre Dame made a huge impression. Blount will still be difficult to pull out of the South, but look for the Irish to get an official visit from him in the fall.
Off the Board
Greg Johnson, who had his pick of programs, committed to Arizona. There are certainly worse places to spend four years, but that was surprising.
Kevaughn Dingle pledged to Miami.