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Notre Dame Football Recruiting 2017: Defensive End Big Board

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That's a lot of defensive ends.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish Football. We've got a huge board of defensive ends that we will give you updates on today.

Defensive End

Score

Player

State

Ht/Wt.

Temperature

1*

2*

3*

4*

5*

.986

Joshua Kaindoh

FL

6-6/255

Cool-Mild

*
*
*
*
*

.985

Chase Young

MD

6-5/225

Cold

*
*
*
*
*

.982

Robert Beal

GA

6-4/230

Mild

*
*
*
*

.977

Jarez Parks

FL

6-5/255

Cold

*
*
*
*

.957

Malik Herring

GA

6-3.5/260

Cold

*
*
*
*

.952

LaBryan Ray

AL

6-4/270

Cold

*
*
*
*

.950

Zachary Carter

FL

6-5/250

Cool

*
*
*
*

.935

Deonte Johnson

CA

6-5/240

Cool

*
*
*
*

.933

Hunter Echols

CA

6-4/220

Mild

*
*
*
*

.930

Ryan Johnson

AL

6-3/253

Cold

*
*
*
*

.912

MJ Webb

GA

6-2.5/270

Cool

*
*
*
*

.905

Corey Malone-Hatcher

MI

6-3/246

Mild

*
*
*
*

.900

Jordan Williams

VA

6-5/260

Cool

*
*
*
*

.897

Joshua Paschal

MD

6-4/255

Cool

*
*
*
*

.891

Brad Johnson

SC

6-3/225

Cool

*
*
*
*

.884

Michael Allen

GA

6-4/240

Cool

*
*
*


.853

Jonathon MacCollister

FL

6-4/250

Mild

*
*
*


.843

Lashawn Paulino-Bell

FL

6-4/235

Cool

*
*
*


.839

Cortez Alston

GA

6-3/250

Mild

*
*
*


Entering the Field

The staff has sent out eight new offers to defensive ends since our last DL big board about a month ago.

  • Floridian Jonathon MacCollister was offered by ND on May 10th. He goes to Bishop Moore with Class of 2016 signee Parker Boudreaux. He's got ND in his Top 3 and will be up for the Irish Invasion. P-Money currently has him crystal balled to Notre Dame.
  • Cortez Alston received his offer on May 9th. Upon being offered, he immediately set up a visit for Irish Invasion. The ND offer means a lot to Cortez, and he's a guy to keep an eye on moving forward. Notre Dame has a real good shot with him. 
  • Another Floridian, Lashawn Paulino-Bell also received his offer on May 10th. He is a teammate of current commit Drew White at St. Thomas Aquinas. It remains to be seen whether this will give Notre Dame any traction. Maybe he comes up for a visit with Drew sometime?
  • Top 100 defensive end Malik Herring will be next to impossible to pull out of the Southeast. Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, and Clemson are the teams currently in the mix for his services.
  • Brad Johnson received his offer in late April and his recruitment has picked up since then. His home-state Gamecocks are the heavy favorite at this point.
  • Notre Dame offered Michael Allen back in April as well. He's a really athletic guy, kind of like a better version of Jhonny Williams out of high school. But he will also be really tough to pull from the South.
  • Georgia product MJ Webb earned his offer in early May during a visit from the staff. Georgia, Auburn, and South Carolina appear to be ahead of everyone else for him right now. I'd be surprised if the Irish got any traction here.
  • Joshua Paschal earned his offer during a visit from the staff in late April. Maryland, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Oklahoma make up his top group right now. We'll see if the staff can make a move on the talented pass-rusher.

In Play

The biggest news since the last Big Board update involves elite pass-rusher, Under Armour All American, and former Notre Dame commit, Robert Beal. Turns out, the Irish are back in it for him! He decommitted due to family pressures, something about wanting the attend the same school as his sister. That pressure has let up, and he has opened things back up for Notre Dame to make a move. The staff has some ground to make up, but he will be in town for Irish Invasion. There's a real possibility he ends up back in this class. Oh, Robert is also transferring to IMG Academy for his senior year. Would be great if the Irish could keep that pipeline going.

In other big news, Joshua Kaindoh released a Top 4 shortly after visiting for the Blue-Gold game that consisted of ND, Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan. He then proceeded to commit to Maryland not two weeks later. A phony Top 4 -- kind of lame, to be honest. Especially considering writers from the Maryland pay sites spilled the beans on it within a matter of hours. Regardless, Josh is still a target for the staff and we'll keep him up on the big board since pretty much nobody expects his recruitment to be over.

Chase Young will likely end up at either Ohio State or Maryland. Maryland really seems to be benefiting from being the home state of two five-star defensive ends right now. Move along, Irish. Nothing to see here.

Jordan Williams still might visit Notre Dame this summer, but nothing is set in stone. He recently added offers from Ohio State and Alabama. The Irish are still in his Top 9, but probably near the end of the list.

Notre Dame is still in the Top 2 for Corey Malone-Hatcher, but they unfortunately are still playing catch-up to Michigan. He visits South Bend a lot, but he visits Michigan just as much. It also appears Alabama might also be a player here. He could end up in ND's class, but not unless we see a change in momentum sometime soon.

Deonte Johnson, or DJ for short, is still complementary of Notre Dame and mentioned that he'd like to visit ND. But he's also not really doing much to get that visit set in motion. Notre Dame might still have a chance, but he has to visit South Bend first.

Zachary Carter continues to pile on the offers. He's up to 40 now. Notre Dame doesn't seem to be a player here, though. He seems to be leaning towards the in-state Gators right now.

Jarez Parks in another Florida Gator lean. He doesn't even appear to be looking outside of the Southeast.

LaBryan Ray continues to move up in the ranking. He's now in the Top 100 of the 247 Composite. In-state Alabama is currently the heavy favorite, although he is also very high on Oklahoma.

Ryan Johnson's recruitment will likely come down to the two in-state schools, Auburn and Alabama. This continued theme of "He's gonna stay in the Southeast" makes me question -- why can't more blue-chip defensive linemen come from the Midwest??

Hunter Echols is still a UCLA commit. He's also still very open to other schools recruiting him. He's really high on Notre Dame and gushed about the Irish after he was offered. AND he will be in town for the Irish Invasion. He seems to be an RKG. We'll see if the Notre Dame pitch hits home next month. Hunter also received an invite to play in the Army All American game earlier this month.

Off the Board

South Carolina 4-star Logan Rudolph committed to Clemson, and his commitment video is some combination of epic and WTF.