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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Another Major Running Back Target Commits Elsewhere

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ALL AROUND THE WORLD SAME SONG!

Steele Chambers
Twitter @MurfBaldwin

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost another major running back target for this spring when 4 Star Athlete (but really a running back) Steele Chambers committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Georgia. A high rated prospect from a private school in Georgia - what was supposed to be Notre Dame’s new focus, is once again turning down the Irish for a big state school right next door.

This news comes just a few days after we learned that Chezz Mellusi committed to the Clemson Tigers. I was scolded by some for saying that the sky was falling down, and there were reports that suggested that Notre Dame wasn’t all that high on Mellusi to begin with. I’m not an, “I told you so” kind of a person - but I’m way more accurate in my description of what is going on than those that argued against me.

I know Chambers was in the back of the minds of many that thought running back recruiting would be fine, and here we are talking about him committing elsewhere.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

Ohio State signed a pair of top running backs last year, and they already had the #8 running back in the country for 2019 committed. That back’s name... Sampson James (from Indiana). Obviously, Autry Denson is just getting blown off the map by Tony Alford when they go head to head for a recruit - but why should anyone be worried?

IT’S ONLY APRIL YOU GUYS! WHO CARES IF EVERY TOP RUNNING BACK ON THE BOARD IS COMMITTED ELSEWHERE OR ABSOLUTELY LEANING IN A VERY DIFFERENT DIRECTION!

It’s okay... Notre Dame REALLY loves 3 Star running back, Kyren Williams. As you know... EVERY 3 star player in the country can be just as good as [insert name of the handful of 3 stars that have done well].

Look, I like Williams as well - but that’s not the point.

  • Notre Dame will have a handful of lower rated and yet unproven running backs for 2019.
  • Notre Dame continues to be outworked on the recruiting trail despite having more playing time and less competition to sell.

I don’t know exactly what’s going on up there, but regardless of how some may want to twist these stories into being no big deal - it’s a BIG deal. It’s not just running back recruiting that is floundering right now as conflicting reports are coming out about NaNa Osafo-Mensah.

The good vibes in the beginning of spring are long gone, and more work is still needed. Are the Irish up to the task, or will this class flounder around until the December signing day?

I have no answers in that regard, and I expect none until the season starts. Keep the panic button close, because Notre Dame is slipping in this cycle.