Recruits flock to campus for Irish Invasion camp


In the past, Notre Dame had to wait for a game weekend to get a group of elite prospects onto campus. But as the timeline for recruiting compresses, Notre Dame’s coaching staff has turned their annual summer camp into one of the must-attend events of the summer.

Dubbed the “Irish Invasion,” the event will begin Friday night. A slew of national prospects in both the 2015 and 2016 cycle will be in attendance. Here’s a quick look at the most up-to-date list of attendees, highlighting some of the players that already have an Irish offer.

(All rankings are based on Rivals’ evaluations)

Josh Adams
3-Star RB
Warrington, PA

Austin Bryant
4-star DE
Thomasville, GA

Tevon Coney
4-Star LB
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Justin Hilliard
4-Star LB
Cincinnati, OH

Jacques Patrick
5-Star RB
Orlando, FL

The following elite prospects from the 2016 class have offers as well.

Liam Eichenberg
4-Star OT
Cleveland, OH

Malik Henry
4-Star QB
Westlake, CA

They’ll be joined by the following Irish commitments:

Shaun Crawford
4-Star CB
Lakewood, Ohio

Nicco Fertitta
3-Star Safety
Las Vegas, NV

Tristen Hoge
4-Star OG
Pocatello, Idaho

Trevor Ruhland
4-Star OL
Cary, IL

Jerry Tillery
Shreveport, LA

Of the uncommitted offers, the fact that elite players like Bryant, Hilliard, Patrick and Coney are all on campus is a great start. The Irish are on the short-list for all four prospects, and would likely take a commitment from every one of them.

A few dozen more prospects will be in attendance, with some attendees trying to earn a scholarship offer (like Jonathan Bonner did last year at camp). That group includes San Diego linebacker Casey Toohill, an Irish legacy whose entire family has attended Notre Dame. He’s got double-digit offers though missed a significant portion of last season with an injury.

Local media has a viewing window during the Friday night session, so expect news to trickle out after this weekend. While the confirmed attendee list is a work-in-progress, Las Vegas’ Calvin Broadus canceled earlier this week,  it’s a big first step before Notre Dame’s staff starts traveling the country next summer with satellite camps.