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Letters are in: WRs Michael Young and Jafar Armstrong

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Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

MICHAEL YOUNG, JR.
Destrehan; Saint Rose, La.

Measurements: 5’11”, 175 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus three-star recruit; No. 20 player in Louisiana, per rivals.com and 71st at position

Other Notable Offers: Texas A&M, Oregon, Virginia Tech

Projected Position: Wide receiver

Quick Take: Perhaps comparing Young to Torii Hunter is too easy, and not only because both enjoy the suffix of Jr. Young is known for good hands and quick moves, using his smaller stature against defenders rather than letting them take advantage of him. With quick hands, he has shown no trouble getting off the line.


JAFAR ARMSTRONG
Bishop Miege; Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Measurements: 6’1″, 200 lbs.

Accolades: Rivals.com three-star recruit; No. 3 player in Missouri, per rivals.com; 77th at position

Other Offers Considered: Missouri, Minnesota

Projected Position: Wide receiver

Quick Take: Armstrong flipped to Notre Dame over the weekend, ending a commitment to Missouri. His large frame and strong hands should provide new receivers Del Alexander a solid foundation with which to work.

Letter is in: TE Cole Kmet

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COLE KMET
Saint Viator; Lake Barrington, Ill.

Measurements: 6’6”, 240 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus four-star recruit; No. 3 recruit in Illinois, per rivals.com; No. 3 tight end in nation and No. 95 overall; U.S. Army All-American

Other Notable Offers: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State

Projected Position: Tight end

Quick Take: Kmet completes a duo of tight ends in this class along with early enrollee Brock Wright. Fittingly, Kmet will only burnish Notre Dame’s “Tight End U” reputation. He has the length and athleticism to be a threat in the aerial attack while also contributing in blocking along the edge.

Letters are in: DLs Darnell Ewell and Jonathon MacCollister

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Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

DARNELL EWELL
Lake Taylor; Norfolk, Va.

Measurements: 6’4, 295 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus four-star recruit; No. 6 player in Virginia per rivals.com; ninth at position and 139th in country;

Other Considered Offers: Virginia Tech

Projected Position: Defensive tackle

Quick Take: Don’t expect Ewell to preserve a year of eligibility in 2017, barring injury. With his size and quickness, new defensive coordinator Mike Elko will likely want to get Ewell into the middle of the line as quickly as possible.

While many Irish fans have bemoaned this recruiting class, players like Ewell are why it will likely end up a top-20 or even top-15 class nationally.


JONATHON MACCOLLISTER
Bishop Moore; Deland, Fla.

Measurements: 6’4, 253 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus three-star recruit

Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Clemson, Michigan State, Ohio State

Projected Position: Defensive end

Quick Take: With Jalen Harris staying in the southwest, MacCollister may be the only true edge-rusher in this class. His length should serve him well in a three-down front, which is expected of new defensive coordinator Mike Elko.

Letters are in: OLs Josh Lugg and Dillan Gibbons

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Do not forget to tune into und.com/signing day and WatchND throughout the day for real-time official announcements of national letters of intent and a live signing day show on the “Fighting Irish Board” presented by Vivid Seats.

JOSH LUGG
North Allegheny; Wexford, Pa.

Measurements: 6’7, 293 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus four-star recruit; No. 6 player in Pennsylvania, per rivals.com; 22nd at position and 236th in country; U.S. Army All-American

Other Offers Considered: Maryland, Penn State

Projected Position: Offensive tackle

Quick Take: Those aren’t typos. 6-foot-7. 293 pounds. If they are typos, they are not by much. Notre Dame is touting Lugg as 6’6”, 280. His frame appears ready to hold more, at that. His long arms set him up well for pass protection. Do not be surprised to see Lugg continue the recent Irish tradition of top-tier offensive linemen.


DILLAN GIBBONS
Clearwater Central Catholic; Clearwater, Fla.

Measurements: 6’4, 311 lbs.

Accolades: Rivals.com three-star recruit; No. 74 player in Florida, per rivals.com; 56th at position

Other Notable Offers: Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ohio State

Projected Position: Offensive guard

Quick Take: Gibbons very well could be a prototypical Harry Hiestand offensive guard. Already coming in at a good size, some time in a college strength and conditioning program should serve to turn Gibbons into a stout offensive lineman. Just remember the spelling of his first name. That –an ending is bound to trip up some of us in the coming years.

Notre Dame preps for NSD with und.com homepage

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Many times throughout the recruitment process, various media outlets break news regarding a prospect’s visit schedule, which school(s) he is most interested in and perhaps even his commitment. On National Signing Day, however, those with access to the proverbial fax machine have the edge. Thus, UND.com and WatchND will put together an entire day of programming presented by Vivid Seats for tomorrow’s events, beginning at 7 a.m. Eastern time.

At that point—yes, (long) before the sun rises—UND.com/signingday will go live as the home for all your 2017 National Signing Day needs. If you are impatient and head there early, you can get a refresher on last year’s class of recruits.

The “Fighting Irish Board” will update with each received official letter of intent. Spoiler alert: They are rarely faxes anymore. It is 2017. They are emails.

Jack Nolan will host the coverage, also available via Facebook Live. Notre Dame director of athletics Jack Swarbrick will host the “Jack Swarbrick Radio Show” in the morning, and throughout the day, guests will pop in to supplement Nolan and Swarbrick, including Irish coach Brian Kelly, assistant football coaches, current players, former players and perhaps even some of the early enrollees (safety Isaiah Robertson, running back C.J. Holmes, tight end Brock Wright and offensive linemen Aaron Banks and Robert Hainsey).

Naturally, once each “fax” arrives, highlight reels of each commit will also be available alongside biographies of the high school seniors.

Kelly will host a press conference at 1:30 p.m. ET to discuss the completed class. It is worth noting that is 8:30 a.m. in Hawaii, possibly giving rivals.com three-star defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa a chance to swipe the snooze once or twice before sending in his letter, should he end up with the Irish.

As of now, Notre Dame’s class of 2017 includes 18 commits, though there is both room and a growing expectation for a few more. For example, rivals.com four-star defensive back Russ Yeast, a Louisville commit, teased the world with a tweet quickly retweeted by both Kelly and recruiting coordinator Mike Elston. In this era and industry, tweets are the best tea leaves around.

Around these parts, we will likely focus on those few last-minute additions, though there will also be updates after each set of letters arrives at the top of the hour, with the most expected shortly after 7 a.m. Eastern and then a handful more at 8 a.m. Eastern.

Get some sleep tonight. Get the pot of coffee ready. It will be an early and busy morning. At least you won’t have to be camera-ready by 7 a.m. Tough break, Mr. Nolan.