Irish host safety recruit 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:



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


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’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.



Linebacker Tevon Coney commits to Notre Dame


For the second time in a week, Notre Dame’s recruiting class landed a playmaking linebacker. During a press conference streamed live on, Florida’s Tevon Coney pledged his commitment to the Irish, picking Notre Dame over finalists Miami and Florida.

“For the next four years, I’ll be playing at the University of Notre Dame,” Coney said during his announcement at Palm Beach Gardens High School.

The 6-foot-1, 222-pounder is a four-star recruit with other offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and other top programs. Coney first visited campus during the Irish Invasion in June, with recruiting coordinator Tony Alford working hard to get the Palm Beach native and his father to campus over the summer.

Coney returned for an official visit on Michigan weekend, there to see the Irish defense shutout the Wolverines for the first time in history. After taking official visits to Florida and Miami, Coney plans on early enrolling in January, joining the team in time for spring practice.

Most believed the battle for Coney came down to Florida and Notre Dame. With the Gators looking in a bit of disarray with Will Muschamp likely nearing the end of his tenure as head coach, Coney acknowledged the push-and-pull between staying in Florida and playing for a team he long saw himself playing for and Notre Dame.

“One day, I feel like I should go to this school and one day, I feel like I should go to that school,” Coney told the Sun-Sentinel. “I’m still trying to decide where I want to go and what school I should feel comfortable with and where I want to get my degree. I want to make the right decision.”

The decision to pick Notre Dame closes the linebacker group with a very good playmaker. Joining Asmar Bilal and Josh Barajas, Brian VanGorder’s first recruiting cycle at Notre Dame gives you an idea of the type of athlete the Irish are targeting at linebacker, with all three very early targets for the coaching staff.

A look at Coney’s highlight reel shows you an aggressive linebacker who loves to blitz. He’s viewed as the top player in Palm Beach County, a talent-rich part of the country for high school football.

Coney is the 21st member of Notre Dame’s recruiting class, a group that’s now a top-ten class in both Rivals and 247’s estimations.



Irish get commitment from pass-rusher Bo Wallace


On a Saturday where Notre Dame failed to get any sacks, the Irish landed a pass-rusher for the future. New Orleans’ Bo Wallace committed to the Irish on Sunday, announcing the decision on Twitter. Wallace and his parents were in South Bend this weekend for his official visit, taking in the North Carolina game and campus.

The 6-foot-3.5, 215-pounder is expected to play defensive end for Notre Dame, adding a much needed edge-rush presence to the 2015 recruiting class. While he’s an undersized prospect that only carries a three-star ranking, Wallace stars for the powerhouse John Curtis program, and had offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida State.

Wallace’s commitment is a surprise, considering John Curtis prospects rarely take official visits before their season is over. But with a weekend off, Wallace and his family were able to get to Notre Dame to meet with the coaches and take in campus, and that was all that it took to close the deal.

Wallace is commitment No. 19 for the Irish, filling another need as the class gets closer and closer to capacity. Wallace joins Jerry Tillery as a Louisiana-based recruit and is the first defensive end in the class.

Irish flip blue-chip QB Brandon Wimbush


Notre Dame has added the all important quarterback to their 2015 recruiting class. Former Penn State commitment Brandon Wimbush has joined the Irish recruiting class, officially flipping his commitment after a weekend visit to South Bend.

Wimbush is a Top 100 prospect and one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. The future Under Armour All-American fills a vacancy at quarterback that’s existed since Blake Barnett backed out from his Irish commitment and eventually decided to head to Alabama.

Wimbush caught up with Irish Illustrated’s Jake Brown and detailed the decision.

“It was the best decision I could’ve made for myself,” Wimbush told “It was in my best interests and it gives me the opportunity that I need for myself to succeed.”

Brian Kelly all but made the news official, with his tweet signifying a new commitment. And for the second time in this recruiting cycle, Notre Dame has plucked a crown jewel from Penn State’s class, joining linebacker Josh Barajas making the flip from Happy Valley to South Bend.