Micah Dew-Treadway, Josh Barajas, Miles Boykin, Jashon Cornell, K.J. Costello, Aca'cedric Ware, Demarkus Lodge, Brandon Tiassum, Mook Reynolds, Jahvonni Simmons, and Levonta Taylor are all headliners expected on campus this month, sandwiched around Irish Invasion.
One of the elite headliners confirmed for Irish Invasion, four-star linebacker Adonis Thomas of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett, has placed the Irish in his top three, along with Alabama and Florida. He is announcing his decision on Aug. 1. He talks about that here.6. Notre Dame continues to turn heads with its strong presence in Texas. The Irish offered three-star running back Aca'cedric Ware over the weekend, and he plans on visiting this summer. Five-star wide receiver and teammate Demarkus Lodge will likely be joining him on that visit. Four-star wide receiver Ryan Newsome continues to hold Notre Dame in high regard. He is making a West coast swing this week, hitting USC, UCLA and Oregon. A visit to Notre Dame this summer is likely, but it's not definite (due to logistics, not interest level). He'll take an official to Notre Dame if he's unable to make it up this summer. 7. It's closing in on a year and a half since Notre Dame played in the national championship. Recruits more often than not point out that academics and tradition are what stand out to them about Notre Dame when they're first starting to learn about the program. But, I think it's important to point out that you rarely hear anymore that "Notre Dame is on its way back," or "Notre Dame is up and coming..."
Kelly and his staff make a point to sell Notre Dame's rich tradition on the football field, but it's no longer about getting back to the top or bringing back the old Notre Dame. Those days are over to Kelly. Instead, he sells "being elite," and choosing to be a part of something different in all facets of being a college athlete.And it's as if - "Yeah, we went to the national championship. Of course we are going back again soon."
8. An early prediction for this year's class:
QB - Blake Barnett (commit)RB - Ty'Son Williams (Notre Dame leads), Karan Higdon WR - Jalen Guyton (commit), C.J. Sanders (commit), Miles Boykin, Ryan Newsome TE - The Irish look to be out of the picture for when Chris Clark announces his commitment at The Opening. However, the book doesn't close for good on the Irish legacy in July. Notre Dame will continue to recruit Clark. Still, Notre Dame would be fine not signing a tight end in the class, especially if it can land 6-foot-6 Boykin. OL - Tristen Hoge (commit), Jerry Tillery (commit), Trevor Ruhland (commit) DL - Brandon Tiassum, Elijah Taylor, Porter Gustin CB - Shaun Crawford (Notre Dame leads), Mook Reynolds S - Prentice McKinney (commit), Nicco Fertitta (commit), Justin Tranquill LB - Josh Barajas (commit), Asmar Bilal, Adonis Thomas