You already know that recruiting never stops for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (and well... everywhere else). That non-stopping action will be on fire this weekend in South Bend as the Irish host a couple of targets for its 2018 class, as well as a whole bunch of prospects from the 2019 class for Notre Dame’s Junior Day.
So let’s take a look at who’s coming (or who is expected to come) and get a better feel for how the 2018 class will end and how the 2019 class will start.
FINISHING UP WITH 2018
Even with Junior Day going on, Notre Dame has two official visitors that will be on hand.
- 3 Star Running Back C’Bo Flemister (Committed to Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets)
- 3 Star Defensive End Derrick Eason (Committed to N.C. State Wolfpack)
THE HOTTEST TAKE: Think about this for a minute... if the Irish get the recruits that they want, there probably isn’t any room for either prospect. Getting a commitment out of either means your Signing Day wishlist has a giant black mark or two.
Still... I like both prospects a lot. While Flemister could be considered a big need right now after the departures of Deon McIntosh and C.J. Holmes, I don’t think he has an offer that Notre Dame will wait on (much like Lawrence Keys III). Eason doesn’t exactly have the greatest offer list, but if the Virginia Tech Hokies and Bud Foster want him - I can accept that he is better than his ranking.
JUNIOR DAY LINEUP
Please keep in mind that every Junior Day has its share of no-shows. So, despite being on this list, Recruit X may not make it. It’s not a good start, but it doesn’t mean that the Irish are out of the picture - especially this early on in the process.
- 4 Star WR T.J. Sheffield
- 4 Star WR Trey Knox
- 4 Star WR Joe Ngata
- 4 Star WR Jake Smith
- 4 Star WR Kam Brown
- 4 Star TE Hudson Henry
- 4 Star RB Sampson James
- 4 Star OL Zeke Correll
- 4 Star DB Kenyatta Watson II
- 4 Star CB Wesley Walker
- 4 Star CB K.J. Wallace
- 4 Star DT Mazi Smith
- 4 Star DT Jacob Lacey (COMMITTED TO ND)
- 4 Star DT Hunter Spears
- 4 Star DE Nana Osafo-Mensah
- 4 Star DE Joseph Anderson
- 4 Star ATH Ronnie Hickman
- 3 Star TE Jude Wolfe
- 3 Star TE Michael Mayer
- 3 Star S Jayvon Thrift
- 3 Star LB Keith Maguire
Yes, there is no quarterback on this list, but the Irish have 4 Star Cade McNamara already committed to Notre Dame’s 2019 class.
Again, there may be no commitments shortly after these visits, but this is mostly major groundwork for both the prospects and the school. It is nice that Jacob Lacey will be around as a current commit to help assist with this large and talented bunch.
NEWS OF NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE NOTE
Decommitment . Thank you UMD Much Love and Respect ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7ja5gK2dSI— Guapo (@Guap2x) January 25, 2018
Don’t get your hopes up. When Boykin visited Notre Dame, he wanted to commit to the Irish, but he also wanted to tell Maryland first that he was decommitting. He didn’t do it - for whatever reason. Now, the Florida Gators got involved, and Boykin just took a visit there. Basically... he’s all Gator until someone tells me otherwise.
Big news regarding #NotreDame and Under Armour All-American cornerback D.J. Brown. The Virginia commit tells #IrishIllustrated and @247Sports that an official visit to South Bend is set. Clark Lea and Todd Lyght are putting in work. Story: https://t.co/DAl7h48FXg @DeeJayyy___ pic.twitter.com/Oz47KMzM1K— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) January 25, 2018