Mailbag: Purdue edition

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With the festivities already started in Indianapolis, let’s empty the mailbag before tomorrow night’s Shamrock Series game against Purdue.

I appreciate some of you doing your best to keep the questions concise. As for the others? Well, that’s what the comment section is for.

In honor of the Shamrock Series, here’s SID Michael Bertsch showing off the new helmet. Looking good, Mike!

Here we go:

irishmob89: After the 31-0 win under the lights, on primetime television, and a great atmosphere on top of that, how much of an impression do you think it left on the recruits? Do you have any inside information on any of them possibly leaning Notre Dame as a result?

The performance certainly didn’t hurt, I can tell you that, especially in head-to-head battles between Notre Dame and Michigan. If you want “inside information,” our friends at Irish Illustrated can hook you up, as well as Blue & Gold, Irish Eyes, Irish Sports Daily, etc.

But from my vantage point, Notre Dame did good work with Soso Jamabo and Tevon Coney, two priority targets who were on campus, and hopefully they convinced Porter Gustin to realize that a legit defensive end would absolutely put up monster numbers in this system.

The staff also did a great job with the 2016 class. You’ve got to think the Irish will land one of the two blue-chip quarterbacks who were on campus, with Malik Henry and Shea Patterson both giving the visit high marks. There were also a handful of other elite-looking recruits in the 2016 group enjoying the trip, so Notre Dame is a full cycle ahead of where they need to be right now.

 

northtexasirish: What shamrock series location has had the biggest impact on recruiting success?

That’s a good question and how you answer that likely means you believe that this actually does have an impact on recruiting. But I’ve got to think the leader in the clubhouse was last year’s visit to Dallas and AT&T Stadium. Notre Dame’s not getting much from New York City or the Northeast. They certainly were doing fine in Indianapolis even without this game.

But in general, the ability to talk to recruits about playing historic games in cool venues — like Yankee Stadium, Soldier Field or Fenway Park next year — that’s the kind of thing that the Shamrock Series helps. Besides spreading the Notre Dame brand to this country’s loyalists.

 

johngaltisspeaking: Keith how will we able to keep up with USC recruiting? USC already looks like a top notch SEC team. I think this game is going to be close and I see many L coming down the pike for Nd with the way USC is recruiting.

Oh John. Of all the lovely trolls in the land, you seem to pride yourself on being one of the finest. But I’m only answering this question because it’s kind of interesting. And because — DID YOU ACTUALLY WATCH THAT USC GAME? That’s a top-notch SEC team? That was an ugly, boring, embarrassing game for the Trojans, and I’m only talking about Pat Haden and Steve Sarkisian’s performance. (Then again it was David Shaw who essentially gave them the game.)

One thing that will be interesting is to see how quickly USC goes to fill up their coffers. In the recruiting class before the sanctions took hold, SC loaded up with a gigantic class. That’s putting a lot of pressure on your evaluation skills, not to mention the fact it’s creating transfer scenarios that ended up double-dooming SC.

For all the worries you’ve seemed to have over Brian Kelly’s propensity to take recruits that guys who write on the internet deem less worthy than others, it looks like Kelly and his staff have zeroed in on what they want and are doing a pretty good job. So I’ll be in the press box Thanksgiving weekend looking forward to another big game.

 

don74: 2 winnable games before the meat of the season starts. What do we need to see against Purdue and Syracuse to start to believe this good be a very good run?

I’d like to see Malik Zaire get a chance to throw a pass. I’d like to see the suspensions of the five players get figured out. And I’d like to see the defense continue to improve their play on first and second downs.

More importantly, I want to make sure that Notre Dame is 4-0 going into Stanford. That could be a special game.

 

goirishgo: If Shumate continues his strong play this week and against Syracuse do you believe Collinsworth will get his starting job back when healthy?

That’s a fair point. But I think the secondary can utilize both players, especially if Collinsworth is head and shoulders above Shumate or Redfield from a knowledge-base point of view.

There’s no question that Shumate is one of the team’s most talented safeties. If he keeps playing with confidence he’ll be hard to take off the field.

 

nicenirish: We have two rising stars that seem to be more athletic RB’s than Cam in Bryant and Folston… Coming into the season Cam was named captain and then starter against Rice. But Michigan it seemed like Bryant got the early nod. Can you make any sense on what is going on with the RB by committee?

Not sure you can read too much into the running game against Michigan, because BK was merely running to keep Michigan honest and keep the passing game in check.

I expect the young guys to take command of this, but McDaniel looks more explosive than he has in the past, and that’ll keep him on the field. But seriously, let’s all agree that Cam shouldn’t be the guy running the delayed draw/counter. That was six yards on a carry that had half the stadium fooled.

 

onward2victory: Keith, my wife wants to get a 3 legged cat and name it Poopsie. Do you have any advice for me?? Note: we’ve been married 2 years, no pets, no kids, apartment living in OC, CA.

Go take a thousand bucks and throw it out the window on the 405. Or take your wife shopping instead at Fashion Island. You’ll have more fun doing both than making the other decision.

 

irishinmich: Has there been any talk about that helmet to helmet block/blindside of Trumbetti  by Michigan’s tight end? I have seen players ejected for “targeting” on lesser collisions. Namely Tuitt’s hit last year. Could Kelly submit a tape to the powers that be? The wound is there. May as well pour some salt on it.

I don’t expect Kelly to talk about it, even if he did send it in to the B1G office. Nor do I expect the conference to do anything about it, either. Did think it was a little bit of a miss that they protect and call the hit on Devin Gardner and not the one on Trumbetti.

But either way, that’s a “Welcome to College Football,” collision. Yes, it’s one of those hits you’re trying to get out of the game. But it’s also a knockout shot I’m probably taking in a big rivalry game.

 

newmexicoirish: Barring injuries, do you see the running back rotation continuing as the season progresses? If not, who do see separating themselves from the trio and why?

I think there’s going to be a balance at running back for all three guys, as long as they stay healthy. But if someone is going to run away with the job, I think it’s going to be Folston or Bryant. Both are just too talented not to feed the ball to, with Bryant also having the ability to mix power with big-play potential.

 

uptheera44: Did you notice that on Michigan’s second FG attempt, the ball ricocheted off someone’s helmet? The announcers, oddly enough, didn’t really scrutinize it and chalked it up to “a low kick” — but in fact it was blocked — by, I believe, Ben Councell’s helmet. Can we get the kid some credit?

I spent quite a bit of time on the DVR trying to decide who got a piece of that kick, because the spin did change. But my conclusion? What a terrible kick. Would love to say someone from ND did a great job, but that feels like a tee ball participation trophy.

 

flandersst1: 41.5 points – over/under on Notre Dame’s final score? Also, what quarter would you expect to see Malik running the read option?

Notre Dame goes over… And Zaire scores his first rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to do it.

 

burns4irish: Rank the receivers if/when Torii Hunter Jr. and Davaris Daniels come back into play?

I think Daniels moves into Chris Brown’s spot at outside receiver. I think Hunter starts to work in as a quality backup. I just don’t know why and how you take Will Fuller off the field, and the slot receiver job has been capably filled by Amir Carlisle and C.J. Prosise.

But it could be fun to see Kelly go five wide and turn it into a basketball game on (synthetic) grass.

 

jerseyshorendfan: Over the years, the debate has raged, on this site and others, with some believing that every team that ND plays considers the game as their Superbowl and really gets up to play the Irish. Others find that idea to be pure hogwash. What’s your opinion?

Having played for a team with ND on the jersey, there’s something to this. Now, I also think that it’s far from an excuse for losing to a mediocre team. Notre Dame isn’t the only team with name-brand recognition, so playing the Irish is probably like gearing up to play Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, etc. (Just look how excited BYU was to take it to the Longhorns again.)

 

irishkg07: I know it’s difficult to make much of an assessment so early but it seems that this young defense is making up for mental miscues and inexperience with speed and athleticism. That seems fine for the September slate, but do you think our pre-season concerns come rearing their ugly heads come October?

I guess that’s why you play the games, right? Kelly said that his team graded out around 65 percent on defense against Michigan when it came to mental mistakes. That’s a pretty low number for pitching a shutout, and I think it speaks both to the team’s athleticism and the advanced (and difficult) scheme.

There’s no reason to think that the Irish defense won’t get better as they continue learning. Then again, opposing coaches will see schemes and BVG’s system and likely counter-punch.

Ultimately, this group is playing much better than most expected or hoped. If they can keep it up during October that would make for a mighty fun season.

 

danirish: Keith, last week I asked about the WR”s by committee and if we should get used to “7 different receivers catching balls.” Your answer was that we didn’t have a 5-star like Floyd to constantly feed the ball – not that Fuller and Carlise are 5-stars but are they now the “men?”

Neither broke 100 yards. Good games? For sure. But let’s pump the brakes a bit, especially with Fuller having a couple drops that took some potential big plays off the board.

Huge deal that they came through in clutch situations. But I’ve seen Mike Floyd. And these two aren’t there yet.

 

@HilltownRick215: Any chance Miami (OH) goes to the big house and beats the skunkbears? w/ Hendrix and Martin itll be like they lost to ND twice!

That would be the end of Brady Hoke as we know it. I hope Hendrix and Martin both have great success, but they are up against long odds this weekend. But I’ll be watching.

 

@BearclawBR: Is Notre Dame going to get some commitments from the large group that attended the Michigan game anytime soon?

Sooner than later. Notre Dame’s not in a huge hurry, but likely wants to add Jamabo, Coney and an elite edge rusher. There are also a few 2016 recruits who might start the party early.

 

@JMset3: How long until people start realizing Joe Schmidt is a good linebacker? I am a converted skeptic. 

Welcome to the bandwagon. I’ve been driving it since he was playing big time high school football in Southern California.

 

Reports: Tommy Rees heads to Alabama after 10 total years at Notre Dame

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Tommy Rees will leave Notre Dame to do just that, heading to be the offensive coordinator at Alabama, according to reports Friday afternoon. Nick Saban and the Tide denied Rees a national championship as a player in 2012 and a title game appearance as an offensive coordinator in 2020.

The South Bend Tribune‘s Mike Berardino first reported Rees’s decision, coming a day after reports initially surfaced that Rees was Alabama’s preferred choice for the gig, and he had flown to Tuscaloosa to consider the position.

Those unbeaten regular seasons, along with one in 2018 as the Irish quarterbacks coach, were the high points of Rees’ total of a decade with the Notre Dame football program. Like his former head coach, he will now head to the SEC chasing a higher peak.

Of course, Rees spurned Brian Kelly’s invite to join him at LSU last winter, instead memorably telling the Irish offensive players, “I’m [bleepin’] staying,” setting the tone for the first week of Marcus Freeman‘s tenure as Notre dame head coach.

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Jack Swarbrick, Marcus Freeman and Tommy Rees brought stability to Notre Dame long before and obviously after Brian Kelly sowed chaos

Alabama made an offer Rees could not refuse, even if a year ago he said, “I love this place (Notre Dame). I believe that we can win a national championship here, and I’m committed to doing everything we can to get to that point.”

Going to Tuscaloosa does not render those words empty. Rees is going to work for the greatest college football coach in history in a role that has repeatedly springboarded coaches to better opportunities. Since Saban arrived at Alabama in 2007, his offensive coordinators have gone on to be, in chronological order, the assistant head coach at Texas (Major Applewhite), head coach at Colorado State (Jim McElwain), offensive coordinator at Michigan (Doug Nussmeier), head coach at Florida Atlantic (Lane Kiffin), head coach at Texas (Steve Sarkisian) and offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots (Bill O’Brien).

Thus, Rees is bettering both his chances at a national title in the short term and his presumed path to whatever gig he wants next in the long term.

He leaves Notre Dame after three seasons as the Irish offensive coordinator, which came after three years as the quarterbacks coach. The Irish have ranked No. 41, No. 19 and No. 30 in scoring offense the last three seasons, peaking with 35.2 points per game in 2021, the second-highest total in Brian Kelly’s tenure.

But perhaps Rees’s finest moment as a Notre Dame assistant came when he finessed a mid-season quarterback switch to Ian Book from Brandon Wimbush despite the Irish remaining unbeaten throughout 2018. In some respects, Rees threaded a similar needle in 2021, incorporating Wisconsin graduate transfer Jack Coan, then-freshman Tyler Buchner and spot-reliever Drew Pyne; each quarterback could be credited as responsible for at least one win as the Irish made a Playoff push.

Then this past season, Rees responded to Buchner’s shoulder sprain that cost him 10 games by working with Pyne to piecemeal an offense.

From December of 2021:

Rees has considered leaving his alma mater before, reportedly interviewing to be Miami’s offensive coordinator in recent years, not to mention weighing Kelly’s offer from LSU 14 months ago, as well as a previous brief dalliance with Alabama a few years ago.

After leading Notre Dame’s offense in one way or another for 10 of the last 13 years, Rees has finally opted to do so elsewhere. It just so happens to be as part of the team that twice turned back the Irish and now faces Kelly every fall.

Opportunities abound for Tommy Rees, earned recognition after a decade at Notre Dame

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A lot of people go to college for seven years. For Tommy Rees, it has been 10 years at Notre Dame, so to speak.

Whether or not Rees leaves his alma mater this week, as multiple Thursday reports indicated Rees is the frontrunner to be Alabama’s next offensive coordinator, there is no bad choice in front of him. Either Rees returns as the Irish offensive coordinator for a fourth season, continues his pursuit of winning a national championship at Notre Dame after three postseason trips already in his career, or he learns under the best college football coach in history in a position that has springboarded coaches to greener pastures for about a decade now.

Irish fans may spend most of their falls criticizing Rees’s play calls, but he is clearly someone well-respected in the coaching community. Seen as a future coach when he was a player and then navigating multiple delicate quarterback situations at Notre Dame, this is not the first time Nick Saban has chased Rees. He reportedly did so following the 2019 season, when Rees had not even spent a day as an offensive coordinator.

Instead, Rees took over that gig in South Bend, losing to Alabama in the 2020 College Football Playoff, albeit a more competitive showing than when Rees and the Irish fell to the Tide in the 2012 title game. Miami sought Rees in recent years, and whispers of vague NFL interest have popped up more offseasons than not.

If most of those people who go to college for seven years are called doctors, then Rees has put together a doctorate-level intellect evidenced by who wants to hire him. Alabama publicly sending a branded plane to South Bend to ferry Rees for a visit on Thursday underscored that reputation.

Set aside the forced references to “Tommy Boy” — though the similarities do go past the first name and to a Catholic university in the Midwest — and realize Rees will leave Notre Dame at some point, probably sooner than later.

Maybe he joins Saban this weekend. Alabama needs to navigate a first-year starter at quarterback next year in a conference that quickly seemed to catch up to the Tide last season, with both LSU and Tennessee staking claims as competitors with Georgia already clearly out in front and Mississippi in the mix. Competing with former Irish head coach Brian Kelly every year would make for juicy headlines, but what speaks louder to Rees’s credit is that this is the time Saban wants to snag him, when Alabama’s footing may be less secure than at any point since the ‘00s.

Maybe Rees returns to Notre Dame, teams with Wake Forest graduate transfer quarterback Sam Hartman to ready for three top-10 matchups in 2023, and gets the Irish into the College Football Playoff for a third time in six years with the only constant quite literally being Rees.

Oh, and both scenarios should come with plenty of money.

Rees has no bad choice in front of him. That is a credit to him, even if fans would rather lampoon him than step back and acknowledge the intricacies of playcalling.

If he heads to Alabama, the annual matchups with LSU will become delightful fodder from afar. His Notre Dame legacy will include “Call duo until you can’t speak,” his emphatic play call when he left the coaches’ booth early as the Irish upset Clemson this past November, and “I’m [bleepin’] staying,” Rees’s declaration to the offensive players last December amid a week of tumult.

If he stays in South Bend, the next matchup with anyone in the SEC, most likely a 2023 bowl game, will drip with an on-field chance at validation. That legacy will include spurning college football’s best not once, but twice.

For a quarterback who lost his starting job at Notre Dame not once (2011 preseason), but twice (2012 preseason), some pride has been earned. Saban’s stamp of approval carries all the weight needed in college football to assure someone of their professional standing.

It may have taken a decade, but Rees can now know he belongs with the best, no matter what decision he makes this weekend.

The lull of National Signing Day underscores need to move the early signing period

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The early-morning chaos of today’s National Signing Day did not disappear with the implementation of the December “early” signing period in the 2018 recruiting cycle. It just moved six weeks earlier.

In 2014, waking up at 6:45 a.m. ET to be logged on and publishing at 7 a.m. led to noticing one expected recruit had not yet signed with Notre Dame by 8 a.m. Pointing that out and reminding the world Michigan State was making a late push led to an Irish media relations staffer reaching out to quietly say something to the extent of, “Just letting the young man have his moment at school.”

In 2017, less than two weeks after taking over this gig, waking up at 3 a.m. CT to churn through 2,000 words before signings could begin becoming official eventually led to napping through Brian Kelly’s Signing Day press conference.

Nothing changed 10 months later. That December, the afternoon of Dec. 22, the Friday before Christmas, was spent waiting for receiver Braden Lenzy to officially choose Notre Dame over Oregon. Sitting at your parents’ kitchen table not helping your niece make a gingerbread house because recruiting-obsessed fans harassed a player through two de-commitments is not a strong way to conjure up holiday spirit.

Coaches across the country advocated for the earlier signing period, claiming it would allow high-school seniors to make their collegiate decisions official earlier on in their senior years, particularly when the prospects had already made up their minds on where to play football at the next level. That was all optics, if even that.

These high schoolers now make their decision official just six weeks earlier. In the preps football calendar, those six weeks are meaningless. Both the December signing period and today, the traditional National Signing Day, come well after the high-school seasons have ended.

The truth was, coaches across the country did not want to tend to their solid commitments over Christmas and New Year’s, particularly not amid bowl prep. It was self-serving at best and short-sighted at worst.

First of all, when the December signing period became reality in 2017, one-time transfers were not yet allowed without losing eligibility the following season. Secondly, no one predicted the early signing period would lead to the coaching carousel beginning earlier and earlier in the season. September firings used to be the result of only off-field scandals, not outright expected from half a dozen programs each fall. Athletic directors now want that headstart on hiring a new coach so he can have time before the December signing period commences.

Exhibit A: Notre Dame may have ended up with Marcus Freeman as its head coach after Brian Kelly’s abrupt departure following the 2021 season, but if the primary signing date had not been lingering just a few weeks away, Kelly likely would not have jumped to LSU before the College Football Playoff field was set, and Irish director of athletics Jack Swarbrick would have taken more time in choosing his next head coach, more than the 48 hours he used last December. After all, Swarbrick took 10 days in hiring Kelly in 2009.

Lastly, with a 12-team Playoff coming in 2025, December will become only more hectic.

Those head coaches who wanted a little less stress over the holidays will then have to deal with, in chronological order:

— Keeping their own jobs.
— Securing their recruiting classes in the days immediately preceding Christmas.
— Preparing their teams for bowl games.
— Preparing their teams for up to four games if in the Playoff.
— Re-recruiting any players considering entering the transfer portal before the winter window closes.
— Winning a bowl game.
— Retaining their coaching staffs.
— Oh, and celebrate the holidays with their families, as was their want when they hollered for the early signing period.

Most of those tasks are immutable and inherent to the sport.

But one can move. It already has once.

The logic is too clear. Nothing was gained in moving up the primary signing date by six weeks. And sanity was lost.

This is, of course, a sport that prefers to ignore logic, but usually that is charming. A mustard bottle on the field is quirky; lacking a worthwhile voice of authority is stubbornly stupid.

So the early signing period may not move as soon as it should (now), but it will move. There are no anti-trust worries tied to it, fortunately.

And aside from the logic, cramming more content into December costs the media, too. Spreading out that context through the vacuum of mid-January to mid-March will be much appreciated.

Leftovers & Links: An early look at Notre Dame’s seven commits in the class of 2024, including QB CJ Carr

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The traditional National Signing Day is this Wednesday, and for yet another year, Notre Dame has no intentions of inking any high-school recruits on the first Wednesday of February. The recruiting calendar has so changed that the Irish have not signed a recruit in February since 2021, when running back Logan Diggs pondered a late LSU push before doubling down on his Notre Dame commitment. Before that, not since 2019, when defensive end Isaiah Foskey publicly did so in order to be a part of his high school’s ceremonies.

Notre Dame turned its focus entirely onto the class of 2024 following December’s early signing period, when it inked a class of 24 players that ranks No. 9 in the country, per rivals.com.

Now with nearly 10 months to go before the next decision day to influence the narrative around Irish head coach Marcus Freeman’s recruiting focus, he already has pledges from seven players in the class of 2024. Class rankings this early in the cycle are rather meaningless, but for the sake of thoroughness, the Notre Dame class of 2024 is currently ranked No. 2 in the country, behind only Georgia with nine recruits pledged to date.

One player stands out among the early Irish seven. He stands out to such a degree this space broke from usual form when he committed in early June. To pull from that opening,

“This space has a general rule to not report on recruiting developments classes ahead of time. Worrying about the thoughts of high school seniors is enough of an oddity; focusing on juniors and underclassmen is outright absurd.

“But exceptions exist to prove rules, and Notre Dame landing the commitment of the No. 3 quarterback in the class of 2024 — prospects entering their junior years of high school — is such an exception.”

Consensus four-star quarterback CJ Carr is now only the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the class and the No. 14 recruit overall, but he is the kind of key piece to a recruiting class that the Irish lacked in 2023, despite Freeman’s continued excellence hauling in defensive prospects. Carr has been an active and vocal recruiter on his own for Notre Dame, not an unusual occurrence from an early commit but a habit the Irish have not garnered out of a quarterback in quite some time. Even Tyler Buchner, due to both the pandemic and his own soft-spoken nature, was not the loudest campaigner among his peers.

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At 6-foot-3, Carr looks the part of a prototypical quarterback, and his arm strength fits in line with that thought. He has downfield touch that would open up Notre Dame’s playbook in a way entirely unseen in 2022.

The other six early commitments to the Irish in the class of 2024 …

Consensus four-star running back Aneyas Williams (Hannibal High School; Mo.), ranked as the No. 1 all-purpose running back and No. 106 recruit in the class, per rivals.com: There will be many comparisons to former Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams when Aneyas Williams arrives on campus, and though they are from the same state, there is no relation. The younger Williams can do a bit of everything while his 5-foot-10 frame carries plenty of punch. He lacks truly elite speed, as Kyren did, but obviously that did not kept the elder Williams from cracking 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

Consensus four-star receiver Cam Williams (Glenbard South H.S.; Glen Ellyn, Ill.), ranked as the No. 11 receiver and No. 102 recruit in the class: The Chicagoland product visited Iowa a handful of times and took looks at Michigan and Wisconsin, seemingly intent on staying in the Midwest. Williams has all the fundamentals wanted of a receiver, 6-foot-2 size combined with a comfort catching the ball. Time will reveal what part of his game, if any, develops into his specialty.

Consensus four-star tight end Jack Larsen (Charlotte Catholic; N.C.), ranked as the No. 7 tight end and No. 187 recruit in the class: Whether Larsen will be the next piece of “Tight End U” or not is a premature thought, but at 6-foot-3 and an ability to snag passes downfield over defenders, Larsen already looks the part. Credit a basketball background for that aerial ability.

Four-star offensive guard Peter Jones (Malvern Prep; Penn.), ranked as the No. 4 offensive guard and No. 99 recruit in the class: Jones plays tackle in high school, nearly an absolute requirement for any offensive line prospect chased by Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, but his playing style suggests a future on the inside of the line.

Consensus four-star defensive tackle Owen Wafle (Hun School; Princeton, N.J.), ranked as the No. 10 defensive tackle in the class: Pronounced like playful, not waffle, Wafle should add weight to his 6-foot-3, 235-pound frame as he grows from a high-school junior into a college player. That may seem obvious, but the quality of that weight he adds in the next 20 months will be what most determines how quickly he can contribute in South Bend.

Consensus three-star cornerback Karson Hobbs (Archbishop Moeller; Cincinnati): Anyone committed right now has made a decision relatively early in the recruiting cycle, yet Hobbs was committed to South Carolina for three months before he flipped to Notre Dame in early November. Seeking out a committed three-star more than a year before he can officially sign may strike one as foolish, but Irish cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens has earned some leeway in his evaluations, given the early impacts of Benjamin Morrison and Jaden Mickey in 2022.

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