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.
|.959||Osiris St. Brown||CA||6-1/178||Mild|
Entering the Field
Hezekiah Jones has been committed to Baylor for a while but was very receptive when Notre Dame offered; he made it up for an unofficial visit recently and plans to come back for Irish Invasion. Things could get very interesting indeed if he makes that trip.
Tray Bishop picked up an Irish offer, but also recently named a top three of Georgia, Auburn, and Florida. Barring some shocking development, he's not leaving the SEC.
Similarly, Jeremiah Holloman, who oh by the way just won the Georgia state triple jump title, was offered but named a top three of Georgia, Tennessee, and Auburn.
Tahj Capehart continues the speedster theme - he, Bishop, and Holloman can all fly - but in this case the prospect was offered and is genuinely interest. Capehart will try to visit Notre Dame this summer.
The Irish forayed into the bayou to offer Michael Young, who also is legitimately interested and could visit over the summer.
Kolby Taylor is yet another recent offer who is likely to attend Irish Invasion. Arizona State, Oregon State, and Northwestern are the main competition right now.
Donovan Peoples-Jones has showed some real interest in Notre Dame, visiting multiple times since last year's Irish Invasion. He could attend this year's too. Michigan fans are starting to feel more comfortably about eventually landing the Cass Tech product, but he tends to be fairly quiet about his recruitment so I'm not sure anyone really knows anything.
Trevon Grimes, who has had Ohio State as his leader for a while now, has been hinting that the gap has widened and that his recruitment might not go much longer. Damn you, Urbie.
Tee Higgins tweeted his top ten list, which did in fact include Notre Dame. How much traction we will get beyond that remains to be seen.
Pulling Joseph Lewis from the West Coast would be a surprise for anyone, let alone Notre Dame, but he does continue to say good things about the school. He was on campus last month visiting with his 7-on-7 team and expressed some interest in the Irish.
Tyjon Lindsey put Notre Dame in his top ten recently, but it will probably very hard to beat Ohio State here. While Lindsey transfered from Bishop Gorman, where he played with Alize Jones and Nicco Fertitta, to Centennial, where he goes to school with Javon McKinley, his mother lives in Ohio and he rarely gets there to see her. Hard to compare "former high school teammates" with "Mom." There's also chatter about recent Texas A&M decommit Tate Martell flipping to Ohio State; Lindsey was a quasi-adopted son in Lindsey's family, so that flip could have quite an effect. Again, damn you, Urbie.
Nothing to report on Jerry Jeudy, who continues to show lots of interest in Florida schools and continues to not show interest in Notre Dame.
Stanford is a very serious threat for Osiris St. Brown. The astute among you, and/or those possessed of an unhealthy obsession with the whims of teenage athletes, may remember that Stanford was the primary competition for older brother and current ND WR Equanimeous St. Brown. Stay tuned.
Devonta Smith recently put Notre Dame in his "no order" top ten. And he picked up a fifth stat from Scout. Dipping again into Louisiana, it's clear that Todd Lyght has at least made enough of an impression to get his foot in the door.
Tarik Black keeps picking up offers, with the latest batch including Auburn, Louisville, and Navy (can't hurt to try). At one time it seemed like Notre Dame was leading comfortably, but it seems the Irish have fallen back to the pack more recently. Watch to see if he makes it to Irish Invasion.
Omar Manning picked up an invite to The Opening on the same day he received a Michigan offer. The lord giveth and the lord taketh away, apparently.
Off the Board
Tylan Wallace committed to Oklahoma State, as did his twin brother Tracin Wallace (QB / .849 / #750 overall). Tylan had a number of what you might consider better offers, but it was well known that he and Tracin really wanted to go to school together. Notre Dame, along with many of the other higher-profile schools recruiting Tylan, didn't really pursue Tracin and weren't really in it seriously for him.
Charleston Rambo, teammates with 2017 ND QB commit Avery Davis, committed to Oklahoma.
Taariq Johnson committed to Cal.
Trey Blount, who seemed to be extremely interested in Notre Dame after his March junior day visit, committed to Georgia. Oh well.
Jalen Reagor committed to Oklahoma.