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National Signing Day: Projecting Forward The 2019 Notre Dame Football Recruiting Class

Everyone’s favorite guessing game...

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Kyle Hamilton

Today is national signing day which means the 2019 recruiting cycle is coming to an end. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended with a grand total of 23 commitments. Like usual, the Irish went all over the country to get the new players. It was a class thank ranked top 15 in almost all nationally rankings. Now with the class 100% complete, it is time to play the guessing game and project forward the next few years.

Sleeper

NaNa Osafo-Mensah. Notre Dame is always needing pass rushers it seems like and I do not think NaNa Osafo-Mensah is getting the love he deserves. His dimensions of 6’4 and 215 lbs stick out to me. There is room to add strength and to be a problem when rushing the passer.

Biggest Reach

I do not have a name for you, but I do have a position. Offensive line. I know it is often about having numbers along the offensive line. Notre Dame is taking four of them in this class. This means one or two are more than likely never going to see the field, hence being a reach.

Impact Freshman

I am not including punter Jay Bramblett from the list for this one and going with Jacob Lacey. Notre Dame showed they are willing to rotate in defensive lineman throughout the season. I think Lacey will benefit from being an early enrolle and play impactful snaps as a freshman.

Class MVP

Kyle Hamilton. I watched this guy’s highlight tape and he looks the part of a dominating safety. I just think he is the most sure thing that Notre Dame just pulled in. The size, speed and football focused attitude are all things pointing towards Kyle Hamilton being a star.

Future Captain

Marist Liufau. The players that Notre Dame signs from Hawaii are always betting than the star ranking given to them. I would expect to Liufau to come to Notre Dame with much to learn and weight to add. I also expect Liufau to be an impactful player on the field during his time in South Bend. I think of Robby Toma and Manti Te’o and see them as leaders. I’m guessing Marist Liufau will bring a great work ethic and outstanding leadership to Notre Dame.

Well, there are my best guesses for the 2019 class. I think the Notre Dame coaching staff did a solid job. The class lacks the “star power” at the top but there are a bunch of good football players coming to Notre Dame.