Today’s triple option is pretty meaty, so let’s get into the top Notre Dame news of the day.
The Irish Players Club co-hosted a Twitter Spaces event on Tuesday night with Malik Zaire ans interviewed Notre Dame 5-Star ATH prospect, Samuel M’Pemba. During this interview, M’Pemba stated that he moved his official visit to Notre Dame from June 17th to November 5th when the Irish take on the Clemson Tigers. The talented prospect from Florida stated that he will still visit the Irish in June in an unofficial capacity.
NEWS: 2023 five-star priority defensive athlete target Samuel M’Pemba told @IrishPlayerClub that he has moved his official visit to the Clemson game on Nov. 5.— Kyle Kelly (@ByKyleKelly) June 1, 2022
M’Pemba was initially scheduled to officially visit ND from June 17-19.
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This is really good news for Notre Dame. M’Pemba has been seen as a recruit that will likely stay in the south with notable offers from the Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Auburn Tigers. He’s also a guy that will wait until late in the process to announce his decision. The fact that the Irish will get an official visit later in the game means they have time to really work on him — and then WOW him in November. It’s still going to be a very tough hill to climb, but these are positive moves and positive signs for Notre Dame.
THE HAIR SPEAKS
With the 2022 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his player rankings for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Debut Big Board for the 2023 NFL draft:— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) May 31, 2022
1. Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama
2. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
3. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Full top 25 and position rankings: https://t.co/aNNMebcqXu
Notre Dame makes a strong showing in Mel’s top 25 overall with TE Michael Mayer at #7 and EDGE Isaiah Foskey at #19.
Notre Dame’s 2022 opponents in the top 25 are:
- #3 QB C.J. Stroud / Ohio State Buckeyes
- #5 WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba / Ohio State Buckeyes
- #6 DT Byan Bresee / Clemson Tigers
- #15 OT Paris Johnson Jr. / Ohio State Buckeyes
- #17 DE Myles Murphy / Clemson Tigers
- #18 WR Jordan Addison / USC Trojans
- #25 LB Trenton Simpson / USC Trojans
Kiper also gave his top 10 positional rankings. Here are where Notre Dame and its opponents were ranked:
#8 Sean Tucker — Syracuse Orange
#10 Travis Dye — USC Trojans
#1 Jaxon Smith-Njigba — Ohio State Buckeyes
#3 Jordan Addison — USC Trojans
#4 Josh Downs — North Carolina Tar Heels
#8 Zay Flowers — Boston College Eagles
#1 Michael Mayer — Notre Dame
#4 Benjamin Yurosek — Stanford Cardinal
#10 Isaac Rex — BYU Cougars
#2 Paris Johnson Jr. — Ohio State Buckeyes
#3 Blake Freeland — BYU Cougars
#2 Christian Mahogany — Boston College Eagles
#3 Andrew Vorhees — USC Trojans
#6 Clark Barrington — BYU Cougars
#2 Jarrett Patterson — Notre Dame
#8 Brett Neilon — USC Trojans
#2 Myles Murphy — Clemson Tigers
#2 Bryan Bresee — Clemson Tigers
#9 Tuli Tuipulotu — USC Trojans
#10 Tyler Davis — Clemsin Tigers
#1 Andre Carter II — Army Black Knights (Not ND opponent but notable)
#2 Isaiah Foskey — Notre Dame
#3 Trenton Simpson — Clemson Tigers
#5 Kyu Blu Kelly — Stanford Cardinal
#9 Garrett Williams — Syracuse Orange
#10 Tony Grimes — North Carolina Tar Heels
#2 Brandon Joseph — Notre Dame
#10 Daniel Gutierrez — UNLV Rebels
THE MISSING LINK?
If you’re mad about the disrespect shown to Notre Dame Baseball in the tournament pairings... you may not want to know this right now, but Link Jarrett has become a name in Clemson’s search for a new head baseball coach. The last time Notre Dame made back to back appearances in the NCAA Tournament it was with Paul Mainieri at the helm — and then the LSU Tigers swept him away.
USC IS A FINE AMERICAN INSTITUTION
Then again... probably not.