The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking to make quite the impression next weekend when they host their “Irish Invasion” recruiting event. While the list of attendees includes both the 2018 and 2019 class, our immediate interest today is the 2018 class and Notre Dame’s efforts there.
These types of events not only include different classes, but a mix of commits, offers, and targets without an offer. The Notre Dame staff will be able to work these guys out and see what they have, what they want, and what they might want now.
Here is a list of some of the bigger names attending Irish Invasion from the 2018 class:
- Jayson Ademilola DT COMMIT
- Justin Ademilola DE COMMIT
- Shayne Simon LB
- Cam McGrone LB
- Amon-Ra St. Brown WR
- D.J. Johnson CB
- Jayson Oweh DE
- Keidron Smith CB
One of the bigger things that stands out with that list is the trio of the Ademilola twins and Shayne Simon. All three attend the same high school in New Jersey, St. Peter’s Prep, and all three are on the defensive side of the football. Simon is one of the newer additions to the Invasion list, and the Irish are making a HUGE push for him as they battle the Michigan Wolverines.
Another linebacker that Notre Dame has offered is Cam McGrone from Indianapolis. A lot of people think McGrone may pull the trigger and commit during the Invasion. If he does, it certainly would make the recruitment of Simon more interesting. Notre Dame already has two linebacker commits in Bo Bauer and Ovie Oghoufo. Would there still be room for Simon if McGrone commits?
Perhaps the biggest name is one of the most familiar in Amon-Ra St. Brown. The 5 star wide receiver is listed as an attendee, but there is some doubt if he will actually attend. Over the past 3 months, different things have been reported about his possible summer visits. Notre Dame is in a big battle here with a lot of the west coast including the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans.
Notre Dame is in desperate need of cornerbacks, and they will certainly be zeroing in n D.J. Johnson and Keidron Smith. There has been some talk that former Irish commit, Kalon Gervin (CB) will attend, but whether or not that actually happens (not to mention if the Irish are still a school of consideration for Gervin) remains to be seen.
There are other attending (obviously) but these are the bigger names. Something else that is obvious is that actual list of attendees will change as we get closer to June 10.