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Early Signing Day 2020: Meet The Offensive Signees For Notre Dame

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From Tyree to Brunelle, and Pyne in between.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish signed nine offensive players today during the early signing period. Here is a snapshot of the newest group.

Chris “Jet” Tyree
Hometown: Chester, Va.
High School: Thomas Dale
Position: All-purpose running back
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 185 pounds
Senior season stats: 9 games played, 71 carries, 655 yards (9.2 ypc), long of 22, 9 touchdowns; 4.37 second 40-yard dash (per 247 Sports)
247Sports Composite Ranking: #25 (#1 All-Purpose Back, #1 in Virginia)
Other scholarships offered: 32 total offers, including Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide (visited)
Primary recruiters: Chip Long and Lance Taylor
From the experts: “I expect Tyree to get a ton of touches in year one at Notre Dame. I expect him to get carries out of the backfield, catches in the slot and opportunities as a kick returner.” - Tom Loy, Irish Illustrated
Rearrange his name and you get: Shy reciter; Cherry ties; “Hi, Trees! Cry.”

Jordan Johnson
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: DeSmet
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 195 pounds
Senior season stats: 29 catches, 587 yards (20.2 ypc), 9 touchdowns; estimated 4.6 40-yard dash (per ND Insider)
247Sports Composite Ranking: #28 (#4 WR, #1 in Missouri)
Other scholarships offered: 26 total, including Alabama, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes
Primary recruiters: DelVaughn Alexander and Long
Rearrange his name and you get: Double J names are hard, so you really don’t get anything good.

Michael Mayer
Hometown: Alexandria, Ky.
High School: Covington Catholic
Position: Tight end
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 240 pounds
Senior season stats: 50 catches, 970 yards, 15 touchdowns
247Sports Composite Ranking: #48 (#2 TE, #1 in Kentucky)
Other scholarships offered: 16 total, including Alabama, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers
Primary recruiters: Long and Brian Polian
From the experts: “I’m not sure I’ve personally seen a better tight end prospect over the past few cycles than Mayer. He’s special. He’s big, strong, athletic, has great hands, and looks like a difference-maker at the position.” — Tom Loy, Irish Illustrated
Rearrange his name and you get: Mayhem eclair, “Hear my malice!”

Tosh Baker
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Pinnacle
Position: Offensive tackle
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 275 pounds
247Sports Composite Ranking: #67 (#7 OT, #3 in Arizona)
Other scholarships offered: 32 total, including Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma
Primary recruiters: Jeff Quinn and Long
From the expert: “I mean, every analyst from Arizona to Florida to Irish Illustrated is saying the same thing about Baker – this kid has all the tools to be a first-round NFL Draft pick – because it’s true.” - Kevin Sinclair, Irish Illustrated
Rearrange his name and you get: Short beak, hot brakes, kosher bat

Michael Carmody
Hometown: Mars, Pa.
High School: Mars Area
Position: Offensive tackle
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 285 pounds
247Sports Composite Ranking: #139 (#13 OT, #2 in Pennsylvania)
Other scholarships offered: 24 total, including Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers
Primary recruiters: Quinn and Polian
Rearrange his name and you get: Mr. Holy Academic; “Childcare? Ya mom.”

Drew Pyne*
Hometown: New Canaan, Conn.
High School: New Canaan
Position: Pro-style quarterback
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 194 pounds
Senior season stats: 161-for-252, 2107 yards, 24 touchdowns, 7 interceptions; 57 rushes for 259 yards
247Sports Composite Ranking: #193 (#7 PRO QB, #1 in Connecticut)
Other scholarships offered: 33 total, including Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Ohio State
Primary recruiters: Tommy Rees and Long
Rearrange his name and you get: Nerdy pew

Kevin Bauman
Hometown: Red Bank, N.J.
High School: Red Bank Catholic
Position: Tight end
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 232
Senior season stats: 15 catches, 272 yards, 3 touchdowns
247Sports Composite Ranking: #240 (#6 TE, #7 in New Jersey)
Other scholarships offered: 12 total, including Michigan, Texas A&M Aggies, Penn State
Primary recruiter: Long and Polian
Rearrange his name and you get: Beau Van Mink

Xavier Watts*
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Burke
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 191 pounds
Senior season stats: 61 catches, 1,072 yards, 13 touchdowns; 4.49 40-yard dash (per ND Insider)
247Sports Composite Ranking: #459 (#75 WR, #2 in Nebraska)
Other scholarships offered: 15 total, including Michigan, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Wisconsin Badgers
Primary recruiters: Long and Alexander
From the experts: “If you dig deep into Watts’ film, you find limitless tools in his arsenal. Yes, he’s dynamic, has explosive quickness and great ball skills. But we haven’t seen all that he offers. Every week, it felt like a new exciting skill showed itself, something we hadn’t seen before.” - Kevin Sinclair, Irish Illustrated
Rearrange his name and you get: Ax tart wives.

Jay Brunelle*
Hometown: Paxton, Mass.
High School: St. John’s
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 200 pounds
Senior season stats: 52 catches, 1,071 yards, 11 touchdowns; 4.48 40-yard dash (per ND Insider)
247Sports Composite Ranking: #840 (#129 WR, #8 in Massachusetts)
Other scholarships offered: 15 total, including Michigan, UCLA Bruins and Michigan State Spartans
Primary recruiters: Polian and Alexander
From the expert: “I’ve come across those with similar work ethics to Brunelle... But I have not encountered an athlete with more determination and a stronger desire for achievement than the Massachusetts wide receiver.” - Kevin Sinclair, Irish Illustrated
Rearrange his name and you get: Jelly ear bun

* Early enrollee