On Monday, four-star safety Derrik Allen tweeted a picture of a pack of trading cards he received from the Notre Dame recruitment office.
The back of the card read:
Derrik Allen SAF 5/11 Marietta, Ga Dorm: Dunne
Coming out of high school, Derrik Allen ranked nationally in the Rivals 250 list and the 247Sports top 247 list.
As an immediate impact player, Allen played in all 12 regular season games. He made his Irish debut in the 48-10 victory over Michigan, recording 10 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FF and 2 INT.
Being a strong leader both on and off the field, Allen was named a team captain. During his sophomore season, he helped lead the Fighting Irish to a National Championship, forever cementing his name in Notre Dame football history.
In the last season of his Notre Dame career, Allen won the Jim Thorpe Award on his way to the 2022 NFL Draft. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Science with an emphasis in computer engineering.
Notre Dame career stats: 4 year totals - 298 tackles, 8 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 15 interceptions.
The Fighting Irish host the Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018. Assuming Allen commits, that would be his first game as a true freshman.
Michigan and Notre Dame games are usually pretty tight, with a couple of notable exceptions. If the Irish were to beat Michigan 48-10 as the card predicts, that would tie the largest margin of victory in the series. Michigan twice beat Notre Dame, 38-0, in 2003 and 2007.
The two teams will also play on Oct. 26, 2019 at Michigan Stadium, which the card implies will also be an Irish victory (since they apparently win the national championship that year).
Despite the hilarious shade thrown at the neighbors to the north, I love the tremendous work the graphics design department is doing with the recruits. Here are some other recent examples from Allen’s Twitter feed: