The 6-foot-3, 223-pound McCord is yet to trim his list and continues to be recruited by the Irish, and while a summer visit doesn't look likely, the possibility for an official visit remains on the table.
"They're definitely on his list," Earle said. "I know he's taken some unofficial visits this summer. He has gone to South Carolina. He has gone to Southern Cal. He has gone to Florida. He's just taking it all in and doing his research on it. He's enjoying it, and it's a good problem to have with so many options."
McCord comes from the powerhouse Jefferson squad that went 15-0 and rolled to a state title last season. He registered 60 tackles, including 17 sacks.
"An institution like Notre Dame is definitely something that garners interest for a young man that is a high academic guy like Tyriq is," Earle said. "He's also a young man of faith."
The Irish showed their intent when assistant coach Tony Alford and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco made a visit to Jefferson during the spring evaluation period.
"In the spring they were really, really interested," Earle said. "Tony Alford has our area and he recruited Tyriq really hard. They brought the coordinator in and he did his thing. It was definitely a high level of interest, and they wrote letters to me that he was on top of their board."
"Once the summer ends he's going to get a top five and start setting his visits up," Earle said. "He definitely is a guy that wants to make sure he takes all five visits and not start narrowing it down until after that."