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JULIAN OKWARA
Charlotte, North Carolina

Measurables: 6’4″, 216 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus 3-star prospect, first-team All-Observer defensive lineman, NC-SC Shrine Bowl participant.

Impressive Offers: Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee

Projected Position: Weakside defensive end

Quick Take: Not to be confused with his brother who took four seasons to develop into an edge rusher, Julian might be a candidate to play early, especially if he can win off the edge with speed, something he possesses in more abundance than Notre Dame’s leading sacker of 2015.

Still undersized and needing to add bulk, Okwara has a chance to be an edge player and a pass rusher, adding some personnel to a deficiency of the current defense.

What he means to the Irish: A nice marriage of positional need, upside and “RKG-ness.” Okwara knew what Notre Dame was all about, the challenges involved, and jumped in head first.

If there’s a way to save a season of eligibility and redshirt, it’d be a huge help to his physical development. Romeo didn’t have that luxury. Julian likely will, unless he finds a way to contribute for a defense that needs to find a replacement for his brother’s productivity.

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Faxes in: Deon McIntosh

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DEON MCINTOSH
Pompano Beach, Florida

Measurables: 5’11”, 180 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus 3-star prospect, No. 18 player in Broward County by Miami Herald, Cardinal Gibbons’ second all-time leading scorer.

Impressive Offers: Tennessee, Miami, North Carolina, West Virginia

Projected Position: Running Back

Quick Take: A nice complement to Tony Jones, McIntosh brings big-play speed and change of direction skills to the recruiting class. Shares some traits with CJ Sanders in his ability to also play in the slot, McIntosh could be a weapon in the passing game as well.

What he means to the Irish: Reloading the running back position was a critical objective in these last two recruiting classes. With McIntosh joining Jones, Josh Adams and Dexter Williams, the Irish have done that—getting elite production from a group that maybe doesn’t have the highest recruiting ranking.

McIntosh’s recruitment might be one that’s taken for granted. Notre Dame doesn’t always go into the Fort Lauderdale area and sign kids. So credit Autry Denson for landing a back from a part of the country that produces plenty of talent.

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Faxes in: Jalen Elliott

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JALEN ELLIOTT
Richmond, Virginia

Measurables: 6’0″, 189 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus 3-star prospect, 2015 first-team All-State 5A, 2015 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Region first team, MVP of 2015 Virginia High School All-Star game.

Impressive Offers: Auburn, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech.

Projected Position: Strong Safety

Quick Take: Looking for a sleeper? Jalen Elliott is your guy. While his 3-star ranking won’t wow you, Elliott has the makings of a great safety prospect, a player who can come down in the box and hit you—among the many positive traits he brings onto the football field.

A natural leader, Elliott’s captained two teams at his high school and won state championships along the way. If he had another inch or two, he’s likely a national level recruit. Don’t be surprised if Elliott competes for playing time from jump street.

What he means to the Irish: Somebody has to come in and replace Elijah Shumate. Is Elliott that guy? Asking a freshman to make that leap isn’t easy, but it’ll be interesting to see how quickly the Virginia native absorbs Brian VanGorder’s defensive scheme.

A former high school quarterback, a multi-sport captain, a father who played college football, Elliott has all the ingredients that usually turn out a good player. We’ll see how he develops once he arrives on campus this summer.

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TONY JONES JR.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Measurables: 5’10”, 219 lbs.

Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, The Opening participant, 4-star prospect on 247 composite list.

Impressive Offers: Florida, Miami, Ole Miss, South Carolina

Projected Position: Running Back

Quick Take: Frustrated by some of Notre Dame’s struggles in short-yardage and goal line situations? Enter Tony Jones. At almost 220-pound from the moment he hits campus, Jones is a physical running back the Irish haven’t had in the stable since Robert Hughes.

An excellent two-sport athlete at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Jones will try to play baseball as well in South Bend but arrives on campus with a chance to find a role in this offensive immediately.

What he means to the Irish: With both Josh Adams and Dexter Williams starting their eligibility clocks in 2015 there’s opportunity behind that duo and Tarean Folston. Jones is a recruit that the Irish staff thinks is underrated—a good mix of physicality, vision and patience. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly he makes the transition to the college game, where he’ll be asked to pick up the tough yards.

Even if Jones is the baseball player, the Irish already have their home run hitter in Adams, a back who can go the distance. Jones might be the guy they call on to move the chains early, with the chance to do so much more as he develops.

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Faxes in: Parker Boudreaux

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PARKER BOUDREAUX
Winter Garden, Florida

Measurables: 6’3″, 300 lbs.

Accolades: 4-star prospect by 247 Sports, 70 offers before picking Notre Dame. 5A state champion in Florida. MaxPreps first-team All-American, AP first-team All-State Florida, 5A Florida Athletic Coaches Association Player of the Year.

Impressive Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss.

Projected Position: Guard

Quick Take: On an anonymous offensive line, Notre Dame welcomes an internet star in Parker P-Money Boudreaux. With 53,000+ Twitter followers and a personality that’ll immediately make a room more colorful, Boudreaux’s recruitment ends with the Irish landing a great interior prospect and a prospect whose confidence and strength should make him a contender for playing time sooner than later.

What he means to the Irish: Lost in the internet celebrity (he pulled a truck to reveal his commitment) is a prospect who had 70 offers and could’ve played anywhere. Now he’ll enter a depth chart that has uncertainty at center and will look to replace senior Steve Elmer at guard. Boudreaux doesn’t have the natural length to be a tackle, but his strength is already an asset.

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