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The Triple Option: Notre Dame’s Blue-Chip Ratio is good enough to win a national championship

And other true things

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Rose Bowl Game Semifinal Game - Notre Dame v Alabama Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Recruiting is going to be (if it isn’t already) the hottest subject that surrounds the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over the next month. Visits have been happening — and will continue to go on for the Irish and the other programs across the country. Things are finally getting back to mostly normal, and it feels really good.

Let’s run the triple option...

Can Notre Dame win a National Championship?

Perhaps. The Irish continue to be above 50% inside the Blue-Chip Ratio, which provides the base start for who can win a national championship. 55% of Notre Dame’s roster is comprised of blue-chip talent (4 and 5 star players). For reference, the Alabama Crimson Tide is at 84% and the Clemson Tigers are at 67%.

Finding the talent that Bama wants

Notre Dame got a commitment from 3-Star WR Amorion Walker in the spring, and there were a lot of Irish fans that were wholly unimpressed. His ranking alongside his current offer list wasn’t what moved the needle.

And yet... here we are. Walker now holds an offer from Alabama after running a 4.41 40 yard dash in Tuscaloosa. I guess the Irish coaching might know what they’re doing.

Speaking of wide receiver talent...

The Notre Dame coaching staff is also very, very high on 4-Star WR Tobias Merriweather. The 6’4” 184 pounder from Union High School in Camas, Washington, holds offers from the Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans, Stanford Cardinal, Washington Huskies, and more. On Friday, Crystal Ball picks for Merriweather to ND came in from Tom Loy, Brandon Huffman, and Steve Wiltfong.

A good feeling about Junior

4-Star linebacker Junior Tuihalamaka has felt like a strong Irish lean for a long time now — ever since his decommitment from the USC Trojans. After a visit to see the Texas Longhorns, Junior was in South Bend this past weekend, and it’s likely just a matter of time before he commits to Notre Dame.

He looks every bit the part.