Notre Dame recruiting will start to pick up this weekend as Irish Invasion will be held on campus on Friday. It will be the second year Notre Dame will host some of the nation’s top prospects in the country and in some cases make a lasting impression them.

2016 Prospects
LB Caleb Kelly – ND Offer
WR Marquez Callaway – ND Offer
WR Javon McKinley – ND Offer
WR Donnie Corley – ND Offer
S Ikenna Okeke – ND Offer
DE Tomon Fox – ND Offer
CB Eric Cuffee – ND Offer
S Spencer Perry Florida commit. – ND Offer
S Devin Studstill – ND Offer
CB Carlos Becker – ND Offer
CB Davonte Robinson UK commit.
DB Jalen Elliott – ND Offer
S Chacho Ulloa – ND Offer
WR Chase Claypool – ND Offer
DT Jeremy Darvin
DE Daniel Joseph
LB Chase Pine
TE Noah Turner
RB Toks Akinribade
S Patrice Rene
LS John Shannon – Notre Dame Commit.
OL Tommy Kraemer – Notre Dame Commit
OL Liam Eichenberg – Notre Dame Commit

2017 Prospects
QB Hunter Johnson – ND Offer
TE Brock Wright – ND Offer
DE Robert Beal – ND Offer
QB Sean Clifford
ATH Jonathan Sutherland
QB Lindell Stone
QB Jake Allen
DE Vandarius Cowan – ND Offer
OL Matt Bockhorst
QB Chris Katrenick
QB Tyler Lytle
WR Russ Yeast
WR Jaevon McQuity
DB Demarquez Trotter
TE Matt Dotson
DB Tyrell Ajian – ND Offer
CB Ambry Thomas
WR Josh Palmer
TE Cole Kmet

2018 Prospects
ATH Houston Griffth
LB Bryce Ray

Names you need to know:

QB – Notre Dame will host a slew of quarterbacks on Friday, but Hunter Johnson is the top dog. The 2017 Indiana prospect is one of the top rated prospects in his class and has lived up to the hype this off-season on the camp circuit. The Irish have made a huge push for Johnson and he has developed a strong relationship with Irish offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. Look for that relationship to grow stronger as the two will get to work together on Friday.

Jake Allen and Sean Clifford had great showing at the Rivals QB Challenge in Baltimore and both really want a Notre Dame offer. Allen hails from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) and is primed for a big season after transferring in this spring and winning the job. Clifford is a Cincinnati native and Notre Dame ties are strong in the family. Both are two 2017 prospects to keep on the radar and schools across the nation are evaluating them.

RB – There really isn’t a headliner at the position this year, but 2017 prospect AJ Dillon is worth keeping an eye on. He plays against some bad competition, but he dominates. He is 6-foot, 230-pounds already, so he could be a bruiser with breakaway speed, which is never a bad thing.

WR – With losing 2016 Indiana receiver Austin Mack to Ohio State, the receiver position is a hot priority for the Irish. Javon McKinley put up some video game numbers last season with 97 catches for over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns for his Centennial (Calif.) squad. Marquez Callaway is one of the most intriguing prospects on the board. The Georgia native can play cornerback, but at 6-foot-3, his future may lie on the offensive side of the ball. Donnie Corley has just about every major offer one can get, but the Michigan State lean is giving Notre Dame one final chance. Josh Palmer is a name to keep tabs on and it will be interesting to see how he does against a loaded defensive backfield. The 2017 Canadian prospect has a lot of hype and could be the best football prospect to come out of Canada. He dominated the USA down in Texas earlier this winter.

TE – 2017 Texas tight end Brock Wright is most likely going to be rated top five at his position and has already seen the Irish this spring. Wright has serious Notre Dame interest and it will be interesting to see how long he wants to drag out his recruitment. It’s very early, but with Notre Dame’s history at tight end, he may want the spot in the class sooner than later.

OL – Notre Dame’s two 2016 commits will be on campus for Irish Invasion. Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg will recruit the heck out of the kids on campus and their presence means a lot. 2017 St. Xavier (Ohio) lineman Matt Bockhorst headlines the recruits and will stay for the OLine/Dline challenge the next day. It would not shock us to see Bockhorst leave South Bend with an offer in hand.

DL – 2016 defensive end Tomon Fox and 2017 defensive end Robert Beal will be two names to pay close attention to. Fox is a Georgia native and will give the Irish help with the pass rush, but this will be a visit to keep Notre Dame in it or you may see them fall off. Beal has already been to campus and has family ties in the area. He may end up one of top prospects at his position in his class and would definitely give the Irish a nice pass rushing option.

LB – Fresno (Calif.) linebacker Caleb Kelly will be the highest rated prospect in attendance and expect the Irish to roll the red carpet out for him. The Irish haven’t had much success in Fresno, but Kelly has no ties to a current school. Notre Dame is definitely in a chasing position, but with Kelly’s personality, we could see them making a lasting impressing. Canada’s Chase Claypool is an intriguing name to watch, as most have him as a receiver, but we think he could end up on the defensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder passes the eye test and is an athletic specimen.

DB – Where to begin. Notre Dame needs defensive backs and well, they have a chance to impress their top targets. 2016 safeties Ikenna Okeke and Devin Studstill might be on commit watch, as they really like the program and this will be their first time on campus. Fellow 2016 prospect Chacho Ulloa visited Notre Dame in April and is the teammate of Javon McKinley. Carlos Becker and Spencer Perry are two names the Irish would love to have as well. Becker is a big corner and could project at safety, but he is an extremely sound corner. The 2017 class are represented by Tyrell Ajian and Ambry Thomas. Thomas may be one of the better corners in the class, while Ajian holds an Irish offer.

Overall, this is an extremely impressive list put together by the Notre Dame staff and things could heat up quickly on the recruiting trail. The Irish will have a shot to impress these kids and in today’s recruiting world, that is all you can ask for.

 

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