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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Irish now trending down for elite running back recruit

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Things took a juke

As it often goes in the recruiting world for just about every program, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are very close to losing one of their top prospects to another school.

Just a few days ago, 4-Star running back Nicholas Singleton from Reading, Pennsylvania, looked like he was going to be a part of the 2022 Notre Dame recruiting class. Singleton made an official visit to Notre Dame, and the thought was that he may commit after short visits to the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies. Instead, it appears as though the luster of the visit to Notre Dame has disappeared, and the early favorite Penn State Nittany Lions have bounced back to be Singleton’s leader.

247 Sports National Experts Brian Dohn and Steve Wiltfong recently set their Singleton crystal balls to Penn State.

This in itself isn’t the worst thing to happen as the mind of a high school student can (and will) jump around, but most are expecting Singleton to commit soon. With the NCAA now in a dead period for recruiting for the next month, it would allow a commitment by Singleton to settle in for a while without the pressure of Notre Dame (and others) still wanting a word.

Notre Dame had narrowed itself down to three running back targets over the last few months. Singleton, along with Gavin Sawchuck and Dallan Haden were known by fans as “the big three.” Events started to move rapidly when Haden committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, and shortly after Gavin Sawchuck committed to the Oklahoma Sooners. These events took the pressure off of Singleton to secure his spot in South Bend, and now we have arrived at the current situation.

The Irish already have a 4-Star running back in the 2022 class in Jadarian Price from Texas. While they were prepared to add a second back to this class — it was a second back if it was one of those “big three.” If the Irish eventually do lose out on Singleton, I wouldn’t expect them to go hard after another back to join this class.

Always remember though... commitments are just public leaders until signing day.