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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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Faxes in: Tony Jones Jr.

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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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Faxes in: Tommy Kraemer

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TOMMY KRAEMER
Cincinnati, Ohio

Measurables: 6’5″, 310 lbs.

Accolades: Elite level recruit, consensus 4-star and No. 27 nationally on 247 Sports composite, Gatorade State Player of the Year for Ohio, 2015 Army All-American, MaxPreps first-team All-American, All-Ohio D-I first team, 2015 Enquirer Media Ohio All-State first team.

Impressive Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Iowa

Projected Position: Offensive tackle

Quick Take: Notre Dame landed a gem on the offensive line in Kraemer—and one that Urban Meyer coveted. From Cincinnati power-house program Elder, Kraemer was all Irish for a long time, never willing to let the Buckeyes into the conversation after he committed to Harry Hiestand and Brian Kelly.

Everything you like in an offensive lineman Kraemer has going for him. He can play either tackle spot and has a natural pedigree thanks to dad who played the game and great coaching. He’s the closest thing to a readymade offensive lineman as they come.

What he means to the Irish: Kraemer’s the immediate contingency plan along the offensive line that you don’t expect they need but certainly could call on in a pinch. With Ronnie Stanley gone and the battle to replace him getting started this spring, Kraemer steps onto campus this summer and could immediately slide into the two-deep depth chart.

Probably the elite offensive line recruit of the Kelly era.

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Early Enrollees: Devin Studstill

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DEVIN STUDSTILL
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Measurables: 5’11”, 189 lbs.

Accolades: Consensus 3-star recruit, All-State Florida 7A second team, 2015 Sun Sentinel large-school Defensive Player of the Year, No.4 prospect Palm Beach Post.

Impressive Offers: Miami, Texas, Michigan State, North Carolina

Projected Position: Safety

Quick Take: No defensive back was on Notre Dame’s radar earlier, with Studstill catching the staff’s attention as they recruited linebacker Te’von Coney the year before. While his star rating doesn’t get you out of your seat, a Texas and Miami offer is nothing to shrug at. In Studstill, the Irish have a prospect they view as a top-of-the-board talent a national recruit that’s severely underrated.

What he means to the Irish: At a position group with question marks across the board, Studstill has an opportunity in front of him this spring. The staff sees an instinctive football player who could be smooth enough in coverage to slide into a nickel coverage role as well.

After watching this defense play the past few years, a ball-hawking safety has long been desired. Studstill might be the best bet for that in this class. That Notre Dame pulled another kid out of Palm Beach Gardens is quite an accomplishment.

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