Dec 4, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT
Looking for context as you measure the quality of Notre Dame’s 2013 recruiting class? The Rivals250 — the final grades for the recruiting class set to ink this February — have been finalized, and as you’d expect, Notre Dame has put together a terrific class.
The Irish have recruits all over the top 250, with linebacker Jaylon Smith ranked as the third best player in the country, the highest ranking for an Irish prospect since Jimmy Clausen topped the 2007 rankings. In all, here are the Irish recruits that were ranked.
Rivals Top 250
3. Jaylon Smith, OLB
50. Alex Anzalone, ILB
56. Steve Elmer, OT
65. John Montelus, OL
95. Cole Luke, CB
111. Malik Zaire, QB
124. Isaac Rochell, DE
126. Doug Randolph, LB
171. Hunter Bivin, OT
181. Torii Hunter Jr., WR
223. Will Fuller, WR/DB
For those keeping track of athletes the Irish are still chasing, Notre Dame is after some of the elite players in the country. Take a look at some of the names that are still considering the Irish.
10. Laquon Treadwell, WR
16. Greg Bryant, RB
24. Max Redfield, DB
32. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT (USC commit)
39. Mackensie Alexander, CB
97. Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE
105. Priest Willis, CB
183. Tarean Folston, RB
226. Ebenezer Ogundeko, LB
241. Sebastian Larue, WR (USC commit)
Notre Dame would accept the commitment of Treadwell, Bryant, and Redfield in a heartbeat, and all reports point to the Irish being in great shape with Redfield, while we’ll know more after Bryant’s visit to South Bend. While Muhammad hasn’t made any noise publicly, it’s also believed that he’s a strong Irish lean, giving Notre Dame another strong edge player, and another potential elite talent.
How Notre Dame makes things work with cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander or Priest Willis is anybody’s guess, but the Tempe native has the Irish near the top of his list, and Alexander has played things close to his vest, and where the Irish stand won’t likely be known until closer to Signing Day.
The Irish coaching staff are incredibly high on Tarean Folston, and running backs should be taking a very close look at the Irish, especially with the way the offense has molding itself into a power running, spread team. You’d have to imagine that the Irish would only take one of the remaining running back prospects on board, and you could say the same thing about linebackers, with Ogundeko maybe the biggest defensive reach on this board.
Looking at the remaining wide receiver prospects, Treadwell has been a prospect the Irish just won’t give up on, but it’s hard to see him pulling the trigger for Notre Dame. If a national championship run and a young exciting quarterback don’t do it for him, I’m not sure what will, but that hasn’t stopped Chuck Martin from putting in the time. Larue has also expressed interest in taking an official visit to Notre Dame, but there might be a few academic hoops he needs to hop through before he’s able to do it.
Jul 31, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT
With the start of training camp right around the corner, it’s time for our annual tradition of ranking the Top 25 players on the Notre Dame roster.
Jul 31, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
With Kyle Brindza gone, sophomore Tyler Newsome takes over the punting duties. And outside of seeing a few not-really live kicks in the Blue-Gold game, what that means remains to be seen.
Jul 31, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT
We wrap up our offseason look at Notre Dame’s 2015 opponents with the Stanford Cardinal. The postseason could come down to a late-season showdown in Palo Alto with David Shaw’s team trying to rebound from a five-loss season.
Jul 31, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
After a redshirt season, Quenton Nelson is ready to play. Jumping to the head of the line at a crowded (and talented) position, Nelson is taking his five-star pedigree and bringing it to the starting lineup.
Jul 30, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT
This spring, you’d have probably won some money if you had Sam Mustipher emerging as the No. 2 center. But with Matt Hegarty’s departure and some failed experiments before him, it was Mustipher who was backing up Nick Martin and snapping the ball to Everett Golson in a spring game played on Notre Dame’s practice field.
Jul 30, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT
Notre Dame opens the season ranked No. 11 in the preseason USA Today Amway Coaches Poll. The Irish, who finished last season 8-5, return the majority of their starting lineup, providing some context for the bullish expectations. Only Gus Malzahn’s Auburn team is ranked higher among teams that finished with five losses in 2014.
Jul 30, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT
Last year, we saw what a talented freshman linebacker in over his head looked like. His name was Nyles Morgan, and the blue-chip recruit personified the second-half defensive collapse that flushed the Irish season down the drain. Want the good part? Stick around, as Irish A-to-Z continues.
Jul 30, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
When Brian Kelly plucked offensive lineman John Montelus from his hometown of Everett, Massachusetts, the Irish looked to be adding another mauler to the interior of Harry Hiestand’s offensive line. And after two seasons of reshaping his body and learning the ropes, Montelus is in a competitive two-deep, still looking for a role in this offense.
Jul 29, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT
It didn’t take long for Notre Dame’s coaching staff to know they wanted to offer Peter Mokwuah. After getting a glimpse of the big-bodied defensive tackle, Brian VanGorder and Brian Kelly went to Staten Island and left with a key piece to the depth chart.
Jul 29, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
We are a little more than a week away from the start of the 2015 football season. Notre Dame released their training camp schedule on Wednesday, highlighting the key dates leading up to the season opener against Texas.
Jul 29, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT
Last preseason, Mike McGlinchey was the odd-man out along the offensive line, losing out on the opportunity to be the team’s starting right tackle. Entering 2015, he’s one of the key X factors that’ll determine whether or not Harry Hiestand’s offensive line is one of the best in the country.
Jul 29, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT
With Notre Dame’s defense falling apart, second-year player Jacob Matuska was thrown into the fire, earning playing time after the first (and most of the second) line of defense went down. Let’s check on the rising junior as Irish A-to-Z rolls on.
Jul 28, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
The first recruit to join the 2014 recruiting class, Greer Martini may have been envisioned as a 3-4 linebacker in Bob Diaco’s scheme, but he very quickly showed he could play anywhere the rebooted Irish defense needed him. Irish A-to-Z keeps on keepin’ on.
Jul 28, 2015, 12:44 PM EDT
While discussing Notre Dame’s “rivals” usually turns into some type of screaming hot-take opportunity, it’s undeniable that the Irish’s date with Boston College in Fenway Park is a wonderful place to renew a “rivalry” that’s gotten a lot less regular.
Jul 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
In his first season without his brother on campus, Nick Martin looked to make a name for himself. But 2014 was a battle for Martin, not just to escape the shadows of his All-Pro brother, but to regain his health after a lingering knee injury and a multitude of other ailments made the entire season a grind.
Jul 27, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT
Ready or not, Cole Luke was thrown into the deep end in 2014, forced into a starting role after KeiVarae Russell’s August suspension. Paired with Cody Riggs as the team’s field cornerback, Luke more than held his own as a sophomore starter, taking on one of the most challenging schedules in college football, with elite receivers testing the Irish secondary nearly every week.
Jul 27, 2015, 11:52 AM EDT
Looking for a sledgehammer in an offense that sometimes gets branded finesse? Look no further than tight end Tyler Luatua. The big-bodied thumper may not look like the rest of the tight end depth chart, but certainly will come in handy as the Irish do their best to transform into a run-to-win team in 2015.
Jul 26, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
The big news of the spring was supposed to be DeShone Kizer ascending to the job of holder on field goals and PATs. Instead, Kizer is one snap away from being Notre Dame’s starting quarterback, his development kick-started with Everett Golson’s decision to transfer.
Jul 24, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
After Jim Grobe presided over the Wake Forest football program for 13 seasons, the school made a change bringing in coach Dave Clawson after five consecutive losing seasons. What followed was ugly, an understandable bottoming out—and a three-win season that may have been one of the least impressive in any Power Five conference.
Jul 24, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
After struggling to find his way in the program as a defensive end, Jarron Jones saw a lightbulb come on after filling in for Louis Nix at nose guard. With no other options available, the Irish defensive staff called on Jones to fill Nix’s sizeable void, and Jones responded—turning the trajectory of his career around in the process.