Game week is again upon us and with that we are going to start delving back in to the recruiting aspect a little bit more. There should be more news and buzz as recruits have scheduled visits to attend home games at potential future schools. Each week, we will look at who will be visiting Notre Dame for that particular home game, and where the Irish stand with those prospects. With this week being an away game, we’ll take a look at some of the top prospects out of Texas that the Irish are still after along with the current commits from the Lonestar state.
Top prospects from the state of Texas
Browning is the top prospect from the state of Texas (and the nation, for that matter) for the Irish. He's a composite 5-star outside linebacker prospect from Kennedale, Texas. Overall, he is the #9 prospect in the nation. He has a plethora of offers from schools such as Texas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, LSU, Orgeon, along with many, many more. The 247 Crystal Ball prediction has him going to the in-state Longhorns at 44%. The only school that they have a projection for that's a school not in Texas is Ohio State at 17%. Browning has scheduled an official visit to Columbus for November 26th, and my god, with the class they already have, it'd be unfair if he went to them. He did take an unofficial visit to South Bend back in June, but the Irish seem to be on the outside looking in on this recruitment. He's being recruited by Mike Sanford, so if anyone at Notre Dame can land this commitment, it's ND's young coaching star.
Future Irish Texans
Brock Wright is the current top commit of the 2017 class thus far. He is a composite 4-star tight end prospect. Overall, he’s the nation’s #67 recruit. Some of the offers that he holds are from Alabama, Baylor, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas. However, it looks like he wants to continue the tradition of Tight End U at Notre Dame along with fellow classmate and tight end commit Cole Kmet.
Davis is the lone quarterback commit for 2017. The Irish were narrowing the choices for a 2017 quarterback commit between Davis and fellow 4-star Hendon Hooker. Davis made his pledge before Hooker and solidified his spot with the Irish. Davis comes from Cedar Hill, Texas. He holds offers from Auburn, Houston, Utah, Virginia, Kansas State, Iowa, and Kansas. He’s a little bit on the shorter size, standing at 5’11". Assuming that both Zaire and Kizer decide to leave after this season, that’ll leave Wimbush as the clear cut starter. There’s actually talks of Wimbush being the most talented QB walking around campus right now, but that’s a story for a different time. If so, then Davis will have an opportunity to compete for a backup role. With Phil Jurkovec in the fold, Davis may be looking at a career as a very talented backup.
Adebo is the most recent Irish commit from the state of Texas. He’s a composite 4-star wide receiver/cornerback prospect from Mansfield, Texas. With the current state of things concerning receivers and defensive backs, I think it’s safe to say that Adebo will probably start out on the defensive side of the ball, barring any catastrophe. Adebo holds a pretty impressive list of offers that includes Arkansas, Tennessee, Oregon, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, LSU, Kansas, Iowa State, Georgia, and Texas. He’s being recruited by offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and current defensive back's coach Todd Lyght, so it’ll be interesting to see which one of those guys can convince Brian Kelly to let Adebo play on their side of the ball.
New commits in the last week
No new commits from the last week. The Irish had a busy summer, landing several commitments after Irish Invasion. The Irish are sitting pretty good right now in the composite team rankings with a 6th ranked class. There are several prospects out there who haven’t made a decision yet that the Irish are after, so there is plenty of time for the Irish to secure a top-5 class.