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Letter is in: DL Kurt Hinish

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KURT HINISH
Central Catholic; Pittsburgh

Measurements: 6’2”, 283 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus three-star recruit; No. 11 player in Pennsylvania per rivals.com; 38th at position; 6A all-state

Other Notable Offers: Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee

Projected Position: Defensive tackle

Quick Take: Hinish will provide immediate depth and long-term potential on the defensive front, and that cannot be overrated. His was a recruitment low on drama, and thus often low on rave reviews. Those two should not depend on each as often as they do.

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    Letters are in: WRs Michael Young and Jafar Armstrong

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    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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    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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    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.