Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.
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Entering the Field
It seems like the Notre Dame staff is committed to maintaining an extensive secondary board this season; the cornerback list was substantial already, and yet there are four new names to add in this update.
The new offer made an immediate impression on Yusuf Corker, who immediately stated an intention to visit Notre Dame over the summer. He has also picked up offers from Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan State this month, so it's safe to say he's getting noticed.
The aptly-named Ameer Speed can fly, and he can also hit. Boy, can he hit. His Hudl highlight reel is now private, which is kind of odd, but the kid is absolutely blowing up on the recruiting trail so maybe he wants newer film out there. Anyway, we saw it, and trust us, he can lower the boom. With his size he's an excellent swing candidate as a physical corner or a plus-coverage free safety.
Troy Simon has a fairly pedestrian offer list, but the 247 staff just named him their secondary MVP at the Opening Regional in Atlanta. They also called William Poole "clearly the best defensive back" there, so I'm not really sure what that MVP means, but it can't be bad.
Traivon Leonard is perhaps the most intriguing new offer. He's a two-star prospect with a .793 247 Composite rating who has been committed to - wait for it - Florida Atlantic since December. Since February, though, he has picked up offers from Wisconsin, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, North Carolina, and - wait for it - LSU, in addition to the recent ducat from the Irish.
Pudgy, balding recruitniks cursed with overconfidence in their evaluative abilities: "They offered him?!? He's a two-star!"
Inigo Montoya, always on hand when you need him: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Things looked to be picking up lately with Darnay Holmes, who has received lots of personal attention from Todd Lyght. He released a top seven on Sunday that didn't include Notre Dame, but his teammate 2018 CB Brendan Radley-Hiles has talked about both of them coming to Irish Invasion. I have no idea what to make of that. Michigan, revoltingly, has made a big move for him of late. Blech.
Want to feel even sicker? Fellow five-star Deangelo Gibbs, who has safety size and corner ability, also has noted that Michigan is making a big move for him. Even so, I'd be stunned if the Georgian ends up outside the SEC.
Stanford Samuels III picked up a fifth star in the most recent Composite update; unfortunately, what the FSU legacy didn't pick up was any more interest in the Irish. He's been a Seminole lean throughout the recruiting process, not surprisingly, and could make it official soon.
In better news, Thomas Graham recently scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan State game on September 17th. Notre Dame is a very serious player here indeed, trending hard since Graham decommitted from USC back in April.
Jamyest Williams stays in touch with area recruiter Scott Booker and could return at some point, but Notre Dame's star seems to have faded somewhat since he named the Irish one of his leaders off his January visit. He's looking hard at a number of Southern schools, primarily the hometown Georgia Bulldogs, as well as Ohio State.
Chevin Calloway will take a summer tour of several schools, most likely in Texas and SEC country. Notre Dame has been on him for a while and has former teammate Nick Watkins in line to start this fall, but that connection may not be enough.
Amir Riep picked up an Alabama offer a few days ago, bringing him to 47 total offers. Not too shabby. Ohio State continues to push hard for the Cincinnati prospect as well. Todd Lyght has made an impression on him and he has talked about a possible visit, but nothing is set as of yet.
Ambry Thomas visited Notre Dame recently and could be back again soon for his second straight Irish Invasion. Michigan and Michigan State are likely the front runners for the Detroit Martin Luther King product, but Lyght and Notre Dame love him and will continue to push.
Kary Vincent has cooled on Baylor recently, not surprisingly. He just picked up an offer from Auburn, but the main competition here is definitely in-state LSU, with Oregon, Ohio State, and TCU also firmly in the picture.
Jaylon Redd, teammate of fellow CB target Thomas Graham at Rancho Cucamonga High (so much fun to type that), considered committing to Oregon a couple of weeks ago. Safe to say the Ducks are in good shape, but the race is far from over.
Saiid Adebo recently picked up offers from USC and Texas. The Texas offer in particular caught his eye; the Irish staff likes him a lot and has been pushing hard, so it'll be interesting to see how much the Longhorns change the picture.
Elijah Gates has two teammates who have committed to Cal, which of course is something to watch. Notre Dame made a big move early with an offer and then faded some, but seems to have regained some momentum more recently.
Latavious Brini tweeted that he'll attend Irish Invasion, so that's good news. He's another prospect whose rankings don't match his offer list - he currently has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss, USC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and others.