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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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E-Faxes in: Jamir Jones

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JAMIR JONES
Rochester, New York

Measurables: 6’3″, 220 lbs.

Accolades: 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, Class AA first-team All-State, 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA New York second-team, 3-star prospect.

Impressive Offers: Boston College, UConn, Pitt, Rutgers and Syracuse

Projected Position: Outside Linebacker

Quick Take: Notre Dame didn’t know what to make of Jones when they watched him on tape. A high school quarterback who didn’t have the natural positional fit that his brother has, it took a visit to campus during summer camp to lock in a scholarship offer.

Now that Jones is inked to the class, finding a home on Notre Dame’s defense is the next step. He played linebacker as a senior, where he’ll start his college career. But a growth spurt could push him to the defensive line and he’s another candidate to add pass rush for a unit that needs it.

What he means to the Irish: We’ll find out when he gets to campus. There’s great incentive to play for Jones, who could join big brother Jarron on the field in 2016. But he’ll have to absorb a complex defense and find a fit at either linebacker or defensive end.

Notre Dame has seen the positives of a harder-than-most development process that have resulted in a five-year journey that has Jarron in line to be among the nation’s best defensive tackles. If they can do the same with his little brother it’ll be a victory for all involved.

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E-Faxes in: Julian Okwara

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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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