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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Iowa tight end Eli Raridon commits to the Irish

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Here’s a tight end they really want

Eli Raridon
Twitter @EliRaridon

Over the Blue-Gold game weekend, 3-Star tight end Eli Raridon gave his commitment to Notre Dame. The 6’6” 228 pounder from West Des Moines, Iowa, chose the Irish over a strong offer list that included the Iowa Hawkeyes, Auburn Tigers, Tennessee Volunteers, Florida State Seminoles, and many more.

The Irish have had little trouble in tight end recruiting over the years as Tight End U, and that seems to be really important to Raridon — to be developed for the next level. We just saw Tommy Tremble drafted this weekend and Brock Wright sign a free agent deal with the Lions — and then there are guys like Michael Mayer, George Takacs, and even early enrollee Mitchell Evans that are ready to help the Irish in 2021.

According Raridon’s high school coach, Gary Swenson, Eli will be ready to contribute at Notre Dame:

“Let’s face it. He’s going to be a matchup issue from a length standpoint,” coach Swenson said. “He’s still got some work to do on the route running because he’s just not had to do it. But he’ll be fine. That’s where being a basketball player is such a huge advantage for us because his footwork is so good. He’s pretty light on his feet. He knows how to cut.

“At that level, a level like Notre Dame…I would anticipate that he’s going to be able to help them, and I think earlier than later in his time there. He’ll get on the field and he’ll play.”

Raridon is the twelfth commitment for Notre Dame’s 2022 class — which is what they recently just had before tight end Jack Nickel decommitted. Currently the Irish have the #4 recruiting class in the country according to the 247 Team Composite Rankings.

Notre Dame Football’s 2022 Commit List (21)

POSITION PLAYER STATE HT WT RIVALS ESPN 247 SPORTS 247 COMPOSITE COMMIT DATE
POSITION PLAYER STATE HT WT RIVALS ESPN 247 SPORTS 247 COMPOSITE COMMIT DATE
OL Joey Tanona Indiana 6'5" 280 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07/25/20
LB Nolan Ziegler Michigan 6'4" 205 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 08/22/20
OL Ty Chan Massachusetts 6'6" 275 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 12/2020
DE Tyson Ford Missouri 6'5" 250 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 01/18/21
DE Aiden Gobaira Virginia 6'6" 235 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 02/06/21
RB Jadarian Price Texas 5'11" 180 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 02/21/21
QB Steve Angeli New Jersey 6'3" 215 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 03/04/21
WR Amorion Walker Louisiana 6'3" 178 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 03/10/21
CB Jaden Mickey California 5'11" 175 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 03/14/21
LB Joshua Burnham Michigan 6'4" 215 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 03/17/21
TE Eli Raridon Iowa 6'6" 228 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 05/02/21
TE Holden Staes Georgia 6'5" 230 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 05/07/21
DT Donovan Hinish Pennsylvania 6'2" 275 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/04/21
LB Niuafe Tuihalamaka California 6'2" 235 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/19/21
OL Ashton Craig Indiana 6'5" 283 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/26/21
DB Jayden Bellamy New Jersey 5'11" 175 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07/02/21
S Devin Moore Florida 6'3" 190 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07/04/21
LB Jaylen Sneed South Carolina 6'2" 210 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07/12/21
CB Benjamin Morrison Arizona 6'0" 170 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07/15/21
WR Tobias Merriweather Washington 6'4" 185 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 08/04/21
WR C.J. Williams California 6'2" 193 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 08/08/21

Recruiting is going to really blow up here soon once official visits get going again in June. At tight end, the Irish would love to add one more to its class, and that ONE is 4-Star Holden Staes from Atlanta.

2022 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th Year
Quarterback Steve Angeli Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus III Drew Pyne Brendan Clark* -
Running Back Jadarian Price Logan Diggs, Audric Estime Chris Tyree Kyren Williams* C'Bo Flemister*
Tight End Eli Raridon, Holden Staes Cane Berrong, Mitchell Evans Michael Mayer, Kevin Bauman - George Takacs*
Wide Receiver Amorion Walker, Tobias Merriweather, C.J. Williams Lorenzo Styles, Deion Colzie, Jayden Thomas Xavier Watts - Braden Lenzy*, Kevin Austin*, Joe Wilkins*
Center Ashton Craig - - Zeke Correll* Jarrett Patterson*
Guard - Pat Coogan, Rocco Spindler - - John Dirksen*
Tackle Joey Tanona, Ty Chan Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Michael Carmody, Tosh Baker Andrew Kristofic*, Quinn Carroll* -
Defensive Tackle Donovan Hinish Gabriel Rubio Aidan Keanaaina, Rylie Mills Howard Cross*, Jacob Lacey, -
Defensive End Tyson Ford, Aiden Gobaira Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrensberger, Jordan Botelho NaNa Osafo-Mensah*, Isaiah Foskey*, Osita Ekwonu* Justin Ademilola*
Linebacker Nolan Ziegler, Joshua Burnham, Junior Tuihalamaka, Jaylen Sneed Prince Kollie, Kahanu Kia - Jack Kiser*, Marist Liufau*, JD Bertrand* -
Safety Jayden Bellamy Justin Walters, Khari Gee - Litchfield Ajavon*, Kyle Hamilton D.J. Brown*
Cornerback Devin Moore, Jayden Mickey, Benjamin Morrison Ryan Barnes, Chance Tucker, Philip Riley, JoJo Johnson Clarence Lewis, Caleb Offord, Ramon Henderson K.J. Wallace*, Cam Hart* -
Specialists - Josh Bryan (K) Alex Peitsch (LS) Jay Bramblett -
Totals 21/85 (21) 47/85 (26) 62/85 (15) 80/85 (18) 89/85 (9)
* Eligible for 5th Year

Raridon is a solid pick up for the Irish and one that they really pushed hard for. Yes, there’s the legacy thing with his father Scott (recruiting class of 2003) but mostly it’s because he has a very high ceiling with the talent already in place.

It’s a good one — FIST PUMPS UP FOR ELI!