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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: How Many Scholarships Can The Irish Give In 2018?

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The numbers game is as tight as it has been in a long time. How will it shake out?

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Southern California Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have the HOT hand in the football recruiting game right now. The sudden commitments of defensive backs Derrik Allen and Kalon Gervin, as well as the anticipation of wide receiver Micah Jones possibly committing on Friday, has the 2018 class looking very strong.

Looking ahead to the 2018 class, I started doing a bit of house cleaning with the scholarship chart. Keep in mind that this chart does not make any projections or predictions as far as who may be here and who may leave early. It simply lays out who is on scholarship right now, and how that translates into 2018.

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Fifth Year Senior
Quarterback

Phil Jurkovec

Avery Davis

Ian Book*

Brandon Wimbush*

Running Back

Markese Stepp

CJ Holmes

Tony Jones

Josh Adams

Dexter Williams

Wide Receiver

Jafar Armstrong

Michael Young

Chase Claypool

Javon McKinley

Deon McIntosh*

Kevin Stepherson

Miles Boykin*

Equanimeous St. Brown

Freddy Canteen*

CJ Sanders

Chris Finke*

Tight End

Cole Kmet

Brock Wright

Alize' Jones

Nic Weishar

Center Tristen Hoge* Sam Mustipher
Guard

Dillan Gibbons

Robert Hainsey

Parker Boudreaux*

Trevor Ruhland*

Jimmy Byrne

Quenton Nelson

Tackle

Josh Lugg

Aaron Banks

Liam Eichenberg*

Tommy Kraemer*

Alex Bars
Defensive Tackle Jayson Ademilola

Darnell Ewell

Kurt Hinish

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa

Jerry Tillery

Micah Dew-Treadway*

Brandon Tiassum*

Elijah Taylor*

Pete Mokwah

Daniel Cage

Defensive End

Justin Ademilola

Jonathon MacCollister

Kofi Wardlow

Ade Ogundeji

Julian Okwara

Daelin Hayes

Khalid Kareem

Jonathan Bonner

Jay Hayes

Linebacker

Ovie Oghoufo

Matthew Bauer

David Adams

Drew White

Jamir Jones

Jonathan Jones*

Te'von Coney

Asmar Bilal*

Josh Barajas*

Cornerback

Derrik Allen

Kalon Gervin

Julian Love

Donte Vaughn

Troy Pride

Shaun Crawford*

Nick Watkins

Safety / Rover

Isaiah Robertson

Jordan Genmark Heath

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

Spencer Perry*

Devin Studstill

Jalen Elliot

DJ Morgan*

Nicco Fertitta

Ashton White*

Nick Coleman

Drue Tranquill

Specialists Jonathon Doerer John Shannon Justin Yoon Tyler Newsome
Totals 8/85 29/85 52/85 75/85 87/85

*Player eligible for a fifth year

So, as of right now, it looks like the Irish have 2 more scholarships than they are allowed to give. Huge problem, right? Not really. This is for 2018 after all, and there is still plenty of time for medical hardships, transfers, entering the NFL Draft, and other negative roster moves.

It’s the nature of the beast.

Still, it’s been said that Notre Dame would like to take 18 in 2018. With 8 already committed, that would mean 10 more commits. That number would put the Irish 12 scholarships over the limit. Now that’s approaching Alabama style. Go look at that chart and try to pick off 12 guys that aren’t going to be freshman. It’s a pretty tall order. I got aggressive when subtracting some players in my head, and I only came up with 9. With that, Notre Dame could only take 15, and it would look somewhat like Clemson’s 2017 class (as far as numbers go).

Personally, I have no problem taking a smaller number of players in the years where the numbers are tight. It will give the program a lower team recruiting ranking for the class as most services take the best 20- but why in the hell should we worry about that when the numbers are good, and the guys they do bring in are studs?

So, in short, I think Notre Dame would like to take 10 more (especially with the hot fore that they are spitting right now) but the end total may only be 7 or 8 more. We will look at this again after this spring, and see if anything opens up. I hope not, but #NotreDameOffseason is still a thing.