Monday Recruiting Insider

Inside tidbits surrounding the latest in Irish football recruiting, including a stacked visitor list in the month of June, a pair of four-stars to recently name Notre Dame as their leaders, a projection of who Notre Dame signs in this class at each position, and where Notre Dame stands with top defensive end target Jashon Cornell.

1. Four-star linebacker Josh Barajas' commitment allows Notre Dame to continue its dominance of Indiana recruiting.

You would be hard-pressed to find another school that owns its state like Notre Dame owns Indiana. Granted the number of elite prospects produced in Indiana doesn't rival the top states in the country, but it's important nonetheless.

It boiled down to academics for Barajas, who goes in-depth with his Irish commitment here.

Three-star defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum of Indianapolis' Park Tudor picked up a Notre Dame offer over the weekend. He's headed to Notre Dame in June, and the Irish are in good shape here, though he's not planning an immediate decision.

In addition, Notre Dame continues to be in good shape with the third player it has offered in the Hoosier State, four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal of Indianapolis' Ben Davis.

2. Four-star defensive Jashon Cornell is favoring Michigan State and Ohio State.

And, during interviews at last weekend's Columbus NFTC, he left Notre Dame off his top group of schools, which included Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and UCLA. He is expected to visit Notre Dame sometime in June, and Notre Dame could make up ground then, especially because he hasn't visited Notre Dame since last fall.

3. Four-star cornerback Shaun Crawford did not visit Ohio State last weekend, as originally planned.

That's great news for Notre Dame. Something could pop any day now for Crawford and the Irish, or it could drag out longer. However, no one can argue Notre Dame is the team with the most momentum right now.

4. Four-star running back Ty'Son Williams of Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood has named Notre Dame his leader. He talks about that here.

Williams and Alford have a great relationship, and that is the basis of Notre Dame being his leader. He plans on committing before the start of his senior year, and a visit to Notre Dame first wouldn't be necessary for him to commit to the Irish.

5. June is shaping up to be huge month for recruiting.

And, it's not just about Irish Invasion.

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 Top Stories