It’s a big weekend at Notre Dame as the annual Irish Invasion camp will take place Saturday night in South Bend. With months of prep work by recruiting coordinator Mike Elston and his off-field staff, Saturday’s turnout will be a national showing, with Notre Dame’s staff getting an in-person look at some of their priority targets in the upcoming recruiting cycles.
Current commits Avery Davis, Cole Kmet and Isaiah Robertson will be on hand. Elite targets like OLB Baron Browning will get their first look at Notre Dame, along with edge rusher and UCLA commit Hunter Echols. The Irish will also host Osiris St. Brown, younger brother to Equanimeous, who was offered the night his brother committed to Brian Kelly.
This camp has been hugely beneficial to the Irish staff in recent years. Te’von Coney was a part of Irish Invasion. So were Kevin Stepherson and Devin Studstill, a first-hand look for the Irish staff that helped explain why Notre Dame’s coaches valued the three-star recruits so highly.
We’ll keep you updated over the weekend if Notre Dame’s recruiting class grows. For some prospects, this is commitment time. For others, it’s the first step onto campus, with an official visit coming during the season.
With plenty of info out there (most behind premium paywalls), there’s no shortage of previews on the talented recruits that’ll be on campus. Notre Dame’s staff won’t just be looking at 2017 recruits, but players in the next two cycles as well.
With a national reach and players coming from coast-to-coast, the Irish staff has made great strides by turning Irish Invasion into a must-attend camp for many elite prospects. We’ll see how quickly that translates into additions in the 2017 recruiting class, with 10 commitments already in hand.