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IAN BOOK
El Dorado Hills, California

Measurables: 6’0″, 190 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus 3-star recruit, All-Sierra Foothill League MVP, Sacramento Bee first-team All-Metro.

Impressive Offers: Boise State, Washington State, Arizona State, Colorado

Projected Position: Quarterback

Quick Take: Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford has long known Book, recruiting him when he was at Boise State. While the Irish had a few other 2016 quarterbacks on their board ahead of Book, the Irish flipped him from Washington State and Mike Leach a move possibly prompted by the decision of 2017 QB Hunter Johnson.

He’s an accurate, athletic and heady quarterback. Physically he won’t necessarily wow you, but a look at his highlights show you a versatile playmaker who on the field did as much as any guy the Irish were recruiting.

What he means to the Irish: Stability. With a position battle set for spring and three highly-touted guys fighting for snaps, Book allows continuity at the position and also keeps the roster in line if a transfer does occur down the line.

Book’s more than a placeholder, even if he’s not an Elite 11 or 5-star guy. He’s a return to athletic and accurate quarterbacks after signing a high-ceiling prospect like Brandon Wimbush and the first QB brought in by Mike Sanford.

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E-Faxes in: Julian Love

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JULIAN LOVE
Westchester, Illinois

Measurables: 5’11”, 175 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus 3-star prospect, Back-to-back 5A State Champions in Illinois, first-team MaxPreps All-American, All-Illinois first team per Chicago Tribune and Champaign News.

Impressive Offers: Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Boston College

Projected Position: Cornerback

Quick Take: One of Chicagoland’s most productive football players, Love had a big-time senior season and did everything for the best team in the state. Checks all the RKG boxes while also profiling at a position of need, it’ll be interesting to see if Love evolves into a big-time college player after the Irish showed faith in their evaluation of him early and were rewarded as he continued to ascend as a player.

What he means to the Irish: Another potential sleeper candidate, Love’s versatility could help him get on the field early, but it’ll be interesting to see how he fits into Notre Dame’s defensive plans. There’s no growth spurt that turns him into James Onwualu, but they were similar high school players when you consider the many ways they helped their high school programs succeed.

Love is likely a corner, and one who has shown a nose for the football. He could also find a way to help at nickel, work on special teams and anything else the team needs.

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E-Faxes in: Troy Pride Jr.

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TROY PRIDE JR.
Greer, South Carolina

Measurables: 5’11”, 175 lbs.

Accolades: 4-star prospect, 2016 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, All-USA South Carolina football team, Shrine Bowl, 2015 Region II-AA Player of the Year.

Impressive Offers: South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee

Projected Position: Cornerback

Quick Take: Notre Dame thinks they have a big-time player in Pride, a cover man who could compete to play immediately as the Irish look to rebuild their secondary. He’s a versatile player who did big things on both sides of the football as well as in the return game for one of South Carolina’s best prep programs.

What he means to the Irish: Freshmen cornerbacks Shaun Crawford and Nick Coleman both drew rave reviews in their debut season, with Ashton White also earning kudos. Pride—and another reloaded group of defensive backs—will look to build on that momentum, knowing that there’ll be a lot of turnover in Todd Lyght’s secondary in the next year or two.

Pride is a smooth athlete. He was an early target of Virginia Tech and a commitment before opening things back up and eventually choosing Notre Dame. The staff believes he’s a guy with the ability to play immediately, a high football IQ contributor and a good leader. A nice building block in this class.

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E-Faxes in: John Shannon

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JOHN SHANNON
Lake Forest, Illinois

Measurables: 6’2″, 220 lbs.

Accolades: No. 1 long snapper in country, per multiple services, U.S. Army Bowl All-American, No. 1 long snapper per 247.

Impressive Offers: West Virginia

Projected Position: Long Snapper

Quick Take: You don’t know you need a long snapper until it’s too late. So adding Shannon continues the trend of Notre Dame offering specialists, with the incoming freshman set to take over duties after Scott Daly exits in 2016.

What he means to the Irish: The Irish coaching staff hasn’t missed on their specialist offers, with first-year contributors Justin Yoon and Tyler Newsome stepping in seamlessly this season. That makes you all but forget the hodgepodge of scholarships allocated to getting special teams right by previous regimes. He’s an important piece of the 85-man scholarship roster.

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ADETOKUNBO OGUNDEJI
West Bloomfield, Michigan

Measurables: 6’5″, 216 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus 3-star prospect, Detroit Free Press All-North Honorable Mention, No. 11 player at position per ESPN.

Impressive Offers: Oregon, Cal, Purdue, Pitt

Projected Position: Weakside defensive end

Quick Take: It’ll take some time to learn how to spell his name, but if Ogundeji can turn into a quality pass rusher, Irish fans will happily add it to the spellcheck-proof list that currently contains brain-busters like Samardzija and Zbikowski. Ogundeji will be just 17 when he gets to college this summer, a likely sign that he’s a redshirt candidate if there ever was one.

A summer camp visit sold Notre Dame on Ade, not to mention size 18 shoes, a wingspan rivaled only by Big Bird, and the possibility to turn into a terror off the edge. A senior season shortened by injury certainly didn’t help his development, but he’s healthy again after a knee injury and on track to play at around 235 to 240 pounds.

What he means to the Irish: Get Ogundeji into Paul Longo’s hands and see what happens. Notre Dame doesn’t have too many bodies like this on campus, even in Mike Brey’s locker room. He’s certainly a developmental prospect, but that’s not a bad thing. Now it’s up to Keith Gilmore to turn him into a pass rusher.

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