Tag: Recruiting


All quiet on the recruiting front (for now)


Notre Dame welcomes safety prospect Arrington Farrar to campus this weekend. The Irish coaching staff finishes up a chaotic cross-country week visiting prospects both committed and interested (and some somewhere in between).

Thousands of hours of work — scouting, letter-writing, texting, Tweeting, Facebooking, calling, hosting and now visiting — come down to next Wednesday. And the wins or losses will be determined by how many times the fax machine rings in the Gug, an annual ritual that has become the highlight of the offseason and the lifeblood of a football program (not to mention a multimillion dollar industry).

For now, things seem quiet and in order in the final days leading up to Signing Day. Credit a program-steadying victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl. But also a coaching staff that’s done a very good job staying on recruits that have long been committed, while also quickly pivoting to other prospects when options B, C and D need to arrive.

A class that many assumed would stay in the teens could swell to 25. And a group that will have a hard time finding the field in 2015 could be the backbone of another great run in the years to follow.

Next week will be completely committed to Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting class. We’ll spend Monday and Tuesday getting to know the Irish’s four early-enrollees: Tevon Coney, Micah Dew-Treadway, Tristen Hoge and Jerry Tillery.

Wednesday morning will be fast and furious. As faxes roll in, posts will go up, officially introducing you to the Irish recruiting class. (Expect the coffee to be flowing throughout the dark morning hours at the Inside the Irish HQ.)

I’ll be joining the official Signing Day show over at UND.com to talk some shop. We’ll also be hosting a special Signing Day mailbag, so look for that to open up over the weekend.

With Notre Dame feeling very good about their positions with wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and running back Dexter Williams, the Irish signing class looks to be at least 24 next Wednesday. It could swell to 25 if they’re able to reel in one more safety as well.

Get ready for a busy week ahead.

Irish host safety recruit Justin Reid

Justin Reid

Notre Dame has a final need in their recruiting class. And over the weekend, they sold Louisiana safety Justin Reid that he could fill it.

The Irish staff rolled out the red carpet for Reid and his father, the late-January official visit hopefully a compelling reason for the Louisiana product to pick Notre Dame when he decides between the Irish, Stanford and hometown LSU, where his brother Eric starred.

The early reports are in and just about all of them say Notre Dame did a good job making a solid first impression.

Just ask Reid himself:


Awesome visit 🍀

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How Reid’s recruitment shakes out should be interesting to watch. There are a variety of things pushing and pulling the talented safety from Baton Rouge. Late interest from hometown LSU. The allure of Stanford, with the added bonus of his older brother just minutes away, a second-year pro with the 49ers.

Yet Reid talked about why Notre Dame could give him the best of both worlds, even without some of the comforts of home and family.

“I’ve been trying to get a pros and cons list,” Reid told Irish Illustrated ($). “Pros for each, Notre Dame I feel a little bit more comfortable. The atmosphere around football is more of what I crave being from Louisiana and SEC country. Stanford has a little bit better weather and it’s nice having my brother living 15 minutes away from Stanford so if I ever want to get away from the university.”

One pro certainly on Notre Dame’s side is early playing time. The Irish will expect Reid to be able to contribute from the moment he steps onto campus, and made that clear over the weekend.

At six-foot, 195-pounds, Reid doesn’t strike you as a physically imposing safety, yet a quick look at his highlights shows a strong safety that could immediately compete with Elijah Shumate and a still-rehabbing Drue Tranquill as an in-the-box safety.

After spending the weekend with hosts Cole Luke and Durham Smythe, Notre Dame gave Reid the best look they could. Now it’s up to the young safety to make the best decision for him.

“I’m going to have to digest things from this weekend at Notre Dame. I’m going to go home, sleep on it and figure things out. I had a great time,” Reid told Irish 247 ($).

“It was a really good trip. It was way better than I expected. It was surprising to be honest. I didn’t know anything about the school, but now I have a great feel for everything.”

Notre Dame lands Indianapolis safety Mykelti Williams

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Notre Dame solidified its safety depth chart by going for a homegrown solution. The Irish offered Indianapolis Warren Central safety Mykelti Williams yesterday, and today the four-star prospect made the decision official by committing to Notre Dame.

Williams took an official visit to Minnesota last weekend and had another on tap for January to Louisville. But those plans seem to be obsolete from the moment Mike Elston offered the defensive back.

He told 247Sports.com’s Steve Wiltfong why the decision was so easy.

“It was kind of like a thing, you grow up as a kid, you dream about that day, and it came true for me,” Williams told 247 Sports. “It’s a blessing that I’ll play in front of my family and get a great education and play with some great guys.”

The Irish’s late run at the safety was a product of several things. First, a need to add more depth to the safety position after injuries decimated the depth chart. Second was a great senior season that had Williams joining Asmar Bilal on the 6A All-State team. (Fellow commitment Brandon Tiassum is on the 2A All-State team.)

That senior tape weighed heavily on the Irish’s decision to offer Williams. So did a visit from defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who was convinced that the slightly undersized safety would offer plenty in the secondary.

As rumors swirl around the stability of Pretince McKinney’s commitment to the Irish, landing Williams now makes certain that the Irish aren’t left empty-handed at a position where there are still multiple offers out. Add to the fact he’s a physical player with very good speed and the Indianapolis native is far from a consolation prize.

Williams is the 22nd commitment to the 2015 class. He had other top offers from Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Nebraska.