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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Army All-American Bowl Preview

Big-time recruits are hanging out in Texas this weekend.

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With the early signing period firmly behind us, we move on to the next big recruiting cycle for college football and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish... It’s time for the high school All-American games. We just had the Under Armour All-American game, so...

Next up:


Where: Alamodome San Antonio, Texas

When: Saturday January 6th @ 1 PM eastern

How To Watch: NBC

Notre Dame Commits: 4 Star DT Jayson Ademilola, 4 Star S Derrik Allen, 4 Star QB Phil Jurkovec, 4 Star S/LB Shayne Simon, 4 Star TE George Takacs

Notre Dame Targets: 4 Star LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, 5 Star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown

Jayson Ademilola notre dame
Jayson Ademilola
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Traditionally, the Army All-American Bowl has always had more Notre Dame commits and targets than the Under Armour All-American Game (I wonder why). So, it's a fairly normal number for the Irish to have five commits playing in the game. These aren't just any five from the 2018 Irish class though as they ALL have a chance to earn a real role next season.

All five are on the EAST team.

Although we have two players listed as targets in wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu, Notre Dame has virtually no shot at either. St. Brown will be heading to play for the USC Trojans and Tuliaupupu isn't coming to a school with no defensive coordinator. Both prospects are on the WEST team.

There are some other names on the roster that Irish fans might be familiar with, but won’t be Irish:

Both McGrone and Ekiyor are blue-chip players from Indiana, so that's always nice.

So... don't expect ANY new commits to come from this game. In fact, as far as defensive recruits are concerned, Notre Dame likely won't get another new commit until the defensive coordinator situation is addressed.

You can expect most of what we have seen from these types of games over the years, and you might get bored a bit. It’s okay... these events are really supposed to be about the game anyways.

After this game, George Takacs will be on his way to Notre Dame to enroll early.

2018 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position/Year Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Position/Year Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Quarterback Phil Jurkovec Avery Davis* Ian Book* Brandon Wimbush*
Running Back Jahmir Smith, C'Bo Flemister Jafar Armstrong* Tony Jones Jr.* Dexter Williams
Tight End George Takacs, Tommy Tremble Cole Kmet, Brock Wright Alize' Mack* Nic Weishar
Wide Receiver Micah Jones, Kevin Austin, Braden Lenzy, Lawrence Keys III Michael Young Chase Claypool, Javon McKinley* Chris Finke*, Miles Boykin*
Center Luke Jones Sam Mustipher
Guard John Dirksen Dillan Gibbons* Tommy Kraemer* Trevor Ruhland* Alex Bars
Tackle Cole Mabry, Jarrett Patterson Josh Lugg*, Robert Hainsey, Aaron Banks* Liam Eichenberg*
Defensive Tackle Jayson Ademilola, Ja'mion Franklin Kurt Hinish, Darnell Ewell*, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa Micah Dew-Treadway*, Jerry Tillery Jonathan Bonner
Defensive End Justin Ademilola Kofi Wardlow* Ade Ogundeji*, Daelin Hayes, Khalid Kareem, Julian Okwara
Linebacker Matt Bauer, Ovio Oghoufo, Jack Lamb Drew White*, Jordan Genmark Heath Jonathan Jones*, Jamir Jones, DJ Morgan Te'von Coney Drue Tranquill
Rover Shayne Simon Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah*, Isaiah Robertson Asmar Bilal
Safety Derrik Allen, Paul Moala, Houston Griffith Devin Studstill, Jalen Elliott, Alohi Gilman* Nicco Fertitta, Nick Coleman
Cornerback Joe Wilkins Jr., Tariq Bracy, D.J. Brown, Noah Boykin Julian Love, Troy Pride Jr., Donte Vaughn Shaun Crawford**
Specialists John Doerer John Shannon* Justin Yoon Tyler Newsome
27/85 (27) 45/85 (18) 65/85 (20) 79/85 (14) 85/85 (6)
*Eligible For 5th Year **Eligible For 6th Year