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Irish add RB Josh Adams to 2015 recruiting class

Jun 30, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

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Notre Dame’s coaching staff got a good look at Pennsylvania running back Josh Adams at the Irish Invasion camp a little over a week ago. They’ll see him for four more years, as Adams committed to the Irish on Monday, adding a much needed running back to the 2015 recruiting class.

At 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, Adams has size and speed that the Irish covet. He’s also only now coming into his own after an ACL tear suffered during his junior season has him fully healthy.

Our friends at Irish Illustrated caught up with Adams’ high school coach Dan Rackovan at Central Bucks, who raved about Adams’ upside potential.

“His potential, both size and athletically are off the charts,” Rackovan told Irish Illustrated. “He’s a very explosive kid, a finisher. And above all else, he’s a great kid. He’s a really good student, a leader in the school, all the things you’d want to be a part of your football team.”

Adams chose Notre Dame over Penn State, Stanford, Boston College and Pitt. He’s one of two running backs that Notre Dame is targeting in this class, with the Irish after elite national prospects Soso Jamabo and Jacques Patrick, as well as South Carolina’s Ty’Son Williams, who is close to making a decision as well.

Adams makes 15 in the 2015 class, a group that many expected to max-out in the high-teens. But with Will Mahone’s return to the program in serious question after his arrest last week and a large group of difficult fifth-year decisions coming after the season, it’ll be very interesting to see when the bus is officially full.

Notre Dame should hear about three more prospects later this week when Justin Hilliard, Jashon Cornell and Miles Boykin all announce their college decisions on Wednesday. Each prospects has the Irish in their final group.


  1. dickasman - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I truly hope he’s the best black Jewish running back in the country. I think we got a DB here

  2. fnc111 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Always getting injured players. That tradition started under Weis and continues on.

    • mtflsmitty - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM


      I suspect you’re a decent guy, and truly a fan of ND no doubt. I regret having made personal attacks and being generally unkind to you in 2012. I’ve avoided commenting on any of your posts over the last 18 months or so. But I’m on work/vacation with the family, feeling mello, and thought this might be a good time to break my silence.

      Life is short, man. I’d just offer for your consideration that making a habit of focusing on the positive side of things might make you feel better inside. In turn, your perspective might become more sunny, rendering the world around you a more pleasant place and you influence on those around you more positive.

      I may be totally wrong. If so, my apology. Best of luck.

      Go IRISH.

      • goirishgo - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Great job taking the high road Smitty. My reactions to to FNC are not nearly so generous or articulate. Typically two short words come to mind, one of which sounds like ewe.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      I was just saying this in another post that most kids who commit to ND type schools are going for a degree and know they don’t have a great shot at the NFL. Hence the reason we look like an unorganized MAC team.

      • mediocrebob - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        One of those unorganized MAC teams in the NCG 2 years ago. Clown.

      • DPU Man ND Fan - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Right. Which is fully supported by the fact that ND had 8 players drafted in 2014, second only to LSU’s 9.

        I guess those kids that know that they have a “great shot” at the NFL must be going to football factory schools like Texas. No, wait…. Texas had zero players drafted in 2014. Huh, whaddya know? Must be a mighty complicated world these days for a simple fealla like you. Hang in there buddy.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        One of those unorganized MAC teams in the NCG 2 years ago.

        You still think we should have been in the NCG ? Are you serious ? Exactly we played just like a MAC team. All I saw was Notre Dame players including Manti laying on the field after Alabama pounded the ball down our throats. It looked like a game of men and boys other there. Brian K looked so out of place at the game. He truly looked lost.

      • mediocrebob - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Who else went 12-0? Should they have been left out? You’re clueless troll. Bama would’ve rolled anyone they played in that game. Bottom line, it could’ve been OSU-ND in that ncg if the buckeyes didn’t get caught cheating. In which case, Irish were a much better team and I would’ve liked their chances. Beams was on another level. Doesn’t take anything away from the Irish. I’m not smelling what you’re stepping in bub. You need some knowledge before being a successful troll. Get in touch with PaulHargis. He’ll maybe help you out.

  3. iamgolden4life - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Great news, this kid has got some wheels to go along with his power. Sure he had an injury but with the proper rehab coupled with the fact that he will not be the only RB we take in this class, he’s a great add to a position of need. Anyone guess who the recruit is commiting tommorow? Don’t ask cause I wont tell, just more good news. WeAreND

    • irishwilliamsport - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Come on iamgolden4life, you are dialed in somehow to the recruiting process and have some inside info, so who’s committing tomorrow ?

  4. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Looks like he has the ability to make the first and even the second defender miss, with the breakaway speed to then get the job done. Looks like a great get. Hope the knee remains healthy.

  5. yllibnosredna - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Really hope the coaching staff is seeing something the recruiting analysts are not. If you were to gauge this class on recruiting rankings (and stars, which many here love to discount when we miss on a top-caliber guy and conversely embrace when we land an elite prospect), it’s not terribly impressive at this point. It really seems like the big fish are looking elsewhere at this stage. Unfortunately, and I hope I’m wrong, I see that trend continuing on Wednesday with Hilliard and Cornell likely landing in Columbus. If that happens and holds throughout the course of the season, ND could likely land zero “can’t-miss” blue-chippers on the defensive front. I like our chances with either Jamabo or Patrick, and I think the offensive haul is gonna be fine even without Barnett, but I’d feel a hell of a lot better about this class if we grabbed at least one high 4 or 5 star guy in the front 7. Oh well, it’s still early, and a lot can happen between now and February, but I’m really starting to wonder when BK and company are really gonna draw that line and only accept offers from elite recruits. As it hasn’t happened yet, I’m really doubting whether they feel they have a legitimate shot at catching some of the big fish…Thumbs down below.

    • don74 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Even if they commit together there’s no guarantee they sign on NSD. ND had 2 cousins commit together. the kids from Fresno, Shepard and as Dick says Dingleberry. NSD one of them signs with Houston. And they were cousins. Just because they say want to play together means nothing in June. At some point they will make decisions for themselves. Maybe it sticks and maybe it doesn’t.

      • yllibnosredna - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:26 AM


        Good point. Agree 100%. Just really wish we could nab a 5-star de, dl, mlb or olb (a la S Tuitt, J. Smith M. Teo) EVERY year. After Hilliard and Cornell, I don’t think we’re really locked in on anyone else of that caliber at this stage. I just think the front 7 blue-chippers are so crucial to ascending to the zenith of CFB.

    • sullivan1009 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      What happens if BK draws that line to accept offers from only elite recruits and then they don’t commit? Then we end up with an empty cupboard and 3-9 seasons. BK and his staff consistently add quality depth with each recruiting class and no position group is being neglected either. The number of drafted Irish players the last two years gives plenty of confidence that this staff knows how to develop players. Even if Cornell and Hilliard go to Columbus, more ‘elite’ prospects are visiting ND.

      • yllibnosredna - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 AM


        Fair enough. I’m NOT BLAMING B.K. and co. for the job they’ve done. In fact, it’s probably a better job than a lot of the other elite guys–if they were in B.K.’s shoes, could do. But wouldn’t it be nice just to be able to consistently stockpile elite talent like FSU, LSU, and ‘Bama have done over the last several years?…Probably can’t be done to that level (due to intrinsic hurdles) but we did manage to get signatures from S. Tuitt, L. Nix, E. Vanderdoes, J. Smith, and A. Lynch over the last four recruiting hauls, and those are guys that would flourish even on big-time SEC squads. Granted, Lynch had a MAJOR regression last year for SF but I really believe that of all the position groups, front seven elite level recruits DO NOT grow on trees. Then again, I doubt Stanford’s recent elite front 7 players (C. Thomas, T. Murphy, H. Anderson) were that highly touted either, but I just feel like the those front 7 high-profile players are generally crucial to a CFB’s program’s continued success. It was certainly the case for ND in 2012. The only real bust thus far has been I. Williams. Over the past 3-4 seasons, every other blue-chip OLB, MLB, DE, or DL for ND has–at one time or another–proved to be dominant.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      The biggest number to look at is top 150 players. That is where you see the difference in these teams. Notre Dame has 1 , Texas has 3, USC has 3, Oregon has 2, Bama has 12, Florida State has 2 Ohio State has 2 and will soon have 4. These are immediate playmakers. Notre Dame has lost on all fronts to recruit the blue chip players. If this class continues on the current path it might be the worst class in over 4 coaches. Now does that mean we cant win ? No If you look at Oklahoma they recruit speed and many times their classes are not as good as ND. 14th , 16th, 12th 13th. So why is it they win and we dont ? COACHING

  6. rdw71 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Cam McDaniel 2011 recruiting class – 5.6 Rivals rating – 3 stars
    Josh Adams – 2015 recruiting class – 5.6 Rivals rating – 3 stars

    If this kid turns out as good as Cam McDaniel, we should all be quite happy. Doesn’t mean we don’t want a 5-star in this class too, but no way we should thumb our nose at him, or feel too badly if we don’t get a 5-star until the 2016 class given that Folston and Bryant are around for a while to come.

  7. bernhtp - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    He’s a 4-star RB dinged down to 3 stars because of the risk of poor recovery.

    • papadec - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      His star rating will go up as he racks up yards & TDs this HS season.

  8. irishdog80 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    He looked awesome against Stanford.

  9. yaketyyacc - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    don’t forget what they said about California Chrome. eh, he’s a nothing horse, one hoof rated, bought by a poor horse trainer and his pal. fast-forward. one hoof rated wins Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and that poor horse trainer and his pal are no longer poor.
    Coach Kelly is no poor estimator of good football players, and can sure turn a three star into a winner, for Adams benefit and Notre Dame’s.

  10. bernhtp - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Adams reminds me of a young Cierre Wood. He’s a bit bigger and maybe a stronger runner. His rankings will skyrocket if he fully recovers from the ACL and has a breakout senior season.

  11. deadman3020 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    People on here cling on to these “star” rankings a bit to much. Get over it! I would rather have a handful “3-4 star” who can be coached than a supposedly “5 star ” can’t miss who transfers usually because can’t hang in the classroom.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Keep telling yourself that and watch Alabama will be on its sixth NC and then maybe you will figure it out. When Notre Dame was winning big back before electricity they also had good players. Football hasn’t changed its just now more and more fans have excuses. 5 and 4 star players who are rated in the top 150 are the players who bring a team to a NC.

      • DPU Man ND Fan - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Oh, so great players win championships? Wow, that is deep – thanks for shining the spotlight on this heretofore unrecognized correlation.

        Thankfully though, Professor Obvious does not have it all 100% right. If he did, football would be so boring because Alabama would win both the recruiting and national titles every single year. And it would be sad for us, because I believe that ND cannot realistically have a top 5 recruiting class every year like Alabama does, for a host of reasons. Academics, obviously. Weather and distance from the SE recruiting hotbed. And the fact that ND would – I hope – never play the sick oversigning games necessary to recruit a payload of new players every year like they do in the SEC.

        If you are an ND fan, you have to believe that having good recruiting classes every year, full of talented and smart kids, in the right system offers at least the chance of getting into the playoffs. Last year’s title game is a bit of proof that the correlation between talent and outcome is not 100% linear. Alabama has had the #1 Rivals recruiting class since 2011 – every year. But they lost on the field to Auburn last year, who then lost to FSU in the title game. 2011 – 2014 Rivals class rankings:

        Alabama – #1 every year
        Auburn – 7, 10, 8, 9
        FSU – 2, 6, 10, 4
        ND – 10, 20, 3, 11

        Close enough in the war for talent? We need fewer key transfers and recruiting tragedies, this much is absolutely true. But keep getting a few Jaylons, Redfields, Bryants and monsters on the O line, stay healthy, and enjoy some ND good luck, and I believe a 2012 type run is possible again. And that is enough for me to keep watching.

  12. irishwilliamsport - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    This recruiting class is really ho hum at this point. Adams plays 4A PA football near Philadelphia in arguably the toughest league in PA, they play Neshaminy, North Penn, the other Central Bucks team (there is an east and west Central Bucks). If he can excel there then he’s a stud and will probably be at least a 4 star guy when all is said and done.

    We need some 5 star guys, period. Most of them pan out and really excell

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      I agree no sugar coating we need playmakers and we need them now. Keep in mind while we are signing all of these RKG’s and fans are trying to make themselves feel better about all of the 3 star players USC is signing 5 star players. In 2 years when USC is taking us apart you will know why.

      • mediocrebob - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Guess what else $C is doing? Let me help you…

        Losing 3 out of 4 to the ” less talented ” Irish.

        Finishing middle of the pac12.

  13. nd1rishfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Josh reminds me a lot of a pretty good running back Robert Smith out of Ohio State in size, stride and running style. He did o.k. for himself in college and the NFL. This kid puts on more size and continues developing he could be pretty darn good.

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