The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in the final stretch of the 2017 recruiting cycle and have a HUGE weekend going on right now on campus. Notre Dame has five recruits up for an official visit, and all five can play defense. (Is this even real life?)
Jordan Genmark-Heath, Russell Yeast, Tre Norwood, Evan Fields, and Kofi Wardlow all made it to campus. The lone no-show, was Colorado Buffalo commit, Chris Miller. Miller too an official visit to see the Ole Miss Rebels instead of flying into South Bend.
Notre Dame is making a major push with all five of these recruits, and they are going to need to do their best work if they hope to land any of the five. Tre Norwood and Evan Fields are the only recruits visiting this weekend that aren’t already committed to a school. Norwood’s status changed to uncommitted recently after Notre Dame offered him a scholarship (he then decommitted from the Louisville Cardinals).
Let’s check in and see what these guys are saying about their visit so far:
Jordan Genmark-Heath (Safety)
Genmark-Heath is currently committed to the California Golden Bears, but wanted a Notre Dame offer. He got one, and now he’s in South Bend.
Notre Dame— Jordan Genmark Heath (@SwedishBlackGuy) January 20, 2017
There isn’t much to report here, but he and the other visitors got to walk the Notre Dame fashion runway (as you will see throughout). He looks like he’s ready to play right now.
Notre Dame official ☘️ pic.twitter.com/0UKoSKA3QZ— Jordan Genmark Heath (@SwedishBlackGuy) January 22, 2017
Although he is listed as a safety, he may fall more into the category of a “rover” in Mike Elko’s defense.
Evan Fields (Safety)
Fields is a recruit that Notre Dame has been hot on for a long time. He has offers from all over including the Arizona schools, the Baylor Bears, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. That’s great and all... but do they have this killer bed?
He too made some fashion noise, but decided to go with the squat as opposed to the walk.
He is making quite the impression with Irish fans as he expresses his appreciation for the University of Notre Dame campus.
Man I LOVE the ND campus!!— Evan Fields (@Evan4_) January 20, 2017
Not sure what this next tweet means, but the optimistic side says that he’s knocking out for the night in that bed and not that the South Bend night life is putrid.
lol woww— Evan Fields (@Evan4_) January 22, 2017
Russell Yeast (Cornerback)
Yeast hasn’t said much about his visit. We know he’s there, and his Twitter restraint is on point. The Indiana recruit is currently committed to Louisville, but a late offer from the Irish the other day had Yeast scheduling this visit right away.
Thankful to receive an offer from the University of Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/axLGqXnZVx— Russ Yeast™ (@russ_yeast03) January 18, 2017
Tre Norwood (Cornerback)
Norwood has also been quiet during his trip. Must be a Louisville commit thing (or something). The truth of the matter is, however, that Norwood is probably the best bet to come out of this weekend as an Irish commit.
Kofi Wardlow (Defensive End)
Wardlow could be the most important recruit on campus right now (as most defensive linemen are). Wardlow is currently committed to the Maryland Terrapins, but hey... he’s in South Bend and he’s looking around, so anything can still happen with a week and a half left until signing day. He’s having a good day.
I think it’s still early to get a real good feeling on where Notre Dame stands with these guys. Obviously Norwood’s decommitment to Louisville after the Irish offered speaks volumes, but I suppose anything can still happen. I will say that having three committed recruits visit Notre Dame this late in the game is somewhat of a big deal. I mean, what recruit that’s truly committed somewhere decides he’s going to take an official visit to Notre Dame in January. I don’t care if it was 60 degrees or not- it’s rare.
And to think... the Syracuse Orange weren’t even ranked for the basketball game today that the recruits attended.
We won’t have to wait long now to find out with signing day around the corner, but I honestly think Notre Dame is in great shape to land Norwood, Yeast, and Genmark-Heath. There was also this strange tweet (that appears to be deleted now) from former Notre Dame Quarterback, Rick Mirer:
THAT’S SOME CROOTIN’ Y’ALL!