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.
Entering the Field
Not really a new offer, but I didn't have him in the list before - five-star tackle Foster Sarell has a Notre Dame offer. Harry Hiestand has made a big impression, as usual, and Sarell intends to visit over the summer. Stanford is the main competition for the academically-focused Washington product, with a few other schools in the running as well.
IMG star and Pittsburgh native Robert Hainsey just picked up an Irish offer on a recent visit, and put Notre Dame in his top ten a few days later. He's a prototypical Hiestand target - big, athletic, and all-day mean.
Finally, we head up to Wisconsin to check on Tyler Beach, who picked up an offer he called "big" during the big junior day weekend he called "fun." So there's that. Plus, he likes pancakes.
Arizonan Austin Jackson was just selected for the Army All-America game, despite his team going 1-19 over the last two years. Kid must be alright. He has talked in the past about possibly visiting Notre Dame this summer, but no new developments on that front.
Wyatt Davis has interest in Notre Dame and is a prime target for teammate and Notre Dame signee DJ Morgan, but recent momentum seems to tilt towards Alabama. Random trivia: His father Duane played Alvin Mack in The Program.
Not much to report on Jedrick Wills, other than that he continues to be intrigued by Harry Hiestand and is looking to schedule a visit in the spring.
Trey Smith will be on campus for the first time this weekend for a visit that should determine whether the Irish are really in the race here. At this point I should just copy and paste some version of this line, but... He has connected with Harry Hiestand and is looking forward to meeting him in person.
Texan Austin Deculus has made it clear that he wants to leave the state for college, but all his serious options are still in the South. Teammate Brock Wright's commitment to Notre Dame wasn't enough to get Austin to look, and with him announcing soon the Irish's chances are non-existent. Expect him to go somewhere in the SEC.
Andrew Thomas made the trek up from Georgia for junior day a couple of weeks ago, and liked it so much he plans to come back again. He's a top target for the staff, so big news for them that they made such an impression at junior day.
Alabaman Austin Troxell claims to not have a leader, but he has visited Alabama so often he probably has a set of keys for the practice facility. It'd be quite a surprise if he doesn't pick the Tide at some point.