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Notre Dame Football Recruiting 2017: Linebacker Big Board

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The Irish currently have three linebacker commits, so the staff's focus has really narrowed down.

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football. Today we're taking a look at the linebackers position. With three prospects committed at the position already, things have really narrowed down to elite prospects and guys that can rush the edge. Normally, we would separate these guys into inside linebackers and outside linebackers, but this time I'm putting them all into a single big board because I felt like it.

Linebacker

Score

Player

State

Ht/Wt.

Temperature

1*

2*

3*

4*

5*

.999

Dylan Moses

FL

6-2/220

Cold

.990

Baron Browning

TX

6-3/230

Mild

.970

Drew Singleton

NJ

6-2/215

Cool

.967

Justin Foster

NC

6-4/258

Cool

.967

Anthony Hines

TX

6-2/222

Cool

.966

Nate McBride

GA

6-2/220

Cool

.939

Nathan Proctor

MD

6-2/217

Cool

.931

Will Ignont

AL

6-2/240

Cool

.931

Hamsah Nasirildeen

NC

6-3/210

Mild

.920

Leonard Warner

GA

6-4/220

Cool

.910

Ellis Brooks

VA

6-2/233

Cool

.898

De'Andre Wilder

FL

6-2/200

Cool

.876

Jacob Phillips

TN

6-3/225

Mild

.867

Sampson Niu

CA

6-1/217

Cool

.853

K'Jakyre Daley

FL

6-3/220

Warm

Entering the Field

Not a new name, but Virginia OLB Ellis Brooks decommitted from Duke not too long ago. Apparently he reached out to the ND staff after the decommitment, but the Irish will be pursuing other targets.

Floridian edge-rusher K'Jakyre Daley (don't bother asking me how to pronounce that one) could be a fit at either OLB or DE. Daley is friends with current Golden Domer Devin Studstill and knows Tevon Coney as well. And he is the cousin of Maurice Stoval 2017 safety target Amari Carter. Notre Dame and Oklahoma look like his top 2 right now and he will be in South Bend for the Irish Invasion next month. Notre Dame currently has the edge over Oklahoma in the 247 Crystal Ball feature.

In Play

Looks like Georgia ILB Nate McBride has a top 2 of Alabama and Georgia, with the Bullogs appearing to have the edge. He ran as the anchor for Vidalia's 4x100 team. Gotta be really weird/impressive to see a 220-pound guy run like that.

Texas ILB Anthony Hines has 90 REPORTED OFFERS at the moment, according to 247. There's no real consensus on where he will end up, although he seems to like Oklahoma, Texas, and Baylor. After the news of Baylor coach Art Briles being canned yesterday, Hines tweeted this. True dat, Anthony.

Alabama ILB Will Ignont is a guy that the staff is still working on. He's always said nice things about Notre Dame, but that probably won't be enough to get him out of SEC country. Alabama appears to be the favorite, with Auburn and Georgia behind the Crimson Tide.

San Diego ILB Sampson Niu was extremely interested in Notre Dame. But since receiving three commitments after March Junior Day, he doesn't appear to be a target anymore. USC has been picking up steam here, and they look like the favorite. Oregon appears to also be in the mix.

Dylan Moses, the #2 player in the 247 composite, just turned 18 on Wednesday. Birthdays aside, Texas seems to be gaining steam in his recruitment. Alabama and LSU are also still in it.

It's going to be an uphill battle, but Notre Dame has a slight chance with Baron Browning. He should be up in South Bend for Irish Invasion. That visit will be key in gaining traction with his recruitment. Keep your fingers crossed.

Michigan continues to lead for Top 100 linebacker Drew Singleton. Clemson might end up competing for him. But Harbaugh's got great ties to Paramus Catholic.

Justin Foster is one beefy kid. At almost 260 pounds right now, it's actually really surprising he's still listed as an outside linebacker. He sure can move at that weight, though. He just got an invite to the Opening and plans to visit Notre Dame sometime within the next couple of months.

For a while, it looked like Notre Dame's chance at landing Hamsah Nasirildeen was gone. He released a Top 5 that didn't include Notre Dame. Obviously, not a good sign. But recent reports are that Notre Dame has been gaining a little bit of traction, and he plans to visit sometime in the summer. Still an uphill battle, but the door has not completely closed yet.

Not much out on Nathan Proctor. He's been slowing down on the visits these past couple of months. Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia Tech look like his top group, though. He should also be visiting North Carolina in June.

Leonard Warner was supposed to visit Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion, but that visit is going to have to be rescheduled. He should be on campus sometime this summer. Academics carry a lot of weight in his family, so the Irish may have a shot if he gets up to South Bend.

Florida linebacker De'Andre Wilder let it be known a few weeks ago that he doesn't want to go too far away from home for school. As South Bend is approximately 1,329.6 miles away from his hometown of Opa Locka, I think it's safe to assume Notre Dame probably won't be much of a player here.

Notre Dame continues to recruit Jacob Phillips. The staff really seems to like him. A lot of staffs really seem to like him, actually. His offer list is much better than his ranking seems to indicate. Scouts have been raving about him during the camps, so he's probably due for a bump soon. Oklahoma has recently been gaining momentum in his recruitment. They're probably in the lead for him with Notre Dame and Ole Miss following behind.