Monday Recruiting Insider

The latest surrounding Notre Dame recruiting. Is a commitment in store before the season starts?

After Notre Dame’s most recent commitment from Miles Boykin on July 2, Notre Dame’s momentum on the recruiting trail entered a hiatus. It’s a hiatus that doesn't come as a surprise, considering the wave of commitments the Irish received in June. Notre Dame could see this quieter period continue until the start of the season when targets begin the process of taking official visits and continue the progression of narrowing their lists.

Wanted at the WILL

Before looking at each position, it’s worth touching base on where Notre Dame stands with two of its targets that have been popular topics in recent weeks, linebackers Asmar Bilal and Te’Von Coney.

In-state linebacker Bilal is still uncertain as to when he’ll commit, and for that matter, where he’ll commit. It will be either Michigan and Notre Dame, and Irisheyes continues to report the race is an extremely close one. Bilal identifies well with Notre Dame’s plan for him on the field, and he finds the doors a Notre Dame degree can open for him very appealing.

The reason Notre Dame hasn’t landed Bilal already has a lot to do with the full-court press Michigan assistants have put on him. Notre Dame’s operation of a tight ship on and off the field would also be a change of pace and potentially a cause for concern for the laidback Bilal.

Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High linebacker Te’Von Coney has narrowed his list to a top three of Florida (leader), Miami and Notre Dame. He plans to visit Notre Dame on an official visit for the Michigan game on Sept. 7, and that’s likely Notre Dame’s last chance to overtake Florida as his leader. Coney is eyeing a commitment in September.

Overview

Notre Dame is sitting with 17 commitments and can add upwards of six more. Notre Dame can be rather selective going forward in whom it adds.

Important items of business include securing a second running back, linebacker and at least one elite pass-rusher.

Secondary in priority is adding at wide receiver, followed by perhaps an elite athlete in the secondary and along the interior of the defensive line.

It’s not a forgone conclusion that Notre Dame will bypass taking a signal-caller in this class and focus instead on the likes of Malik Henry, Jawon Pass and Shea Patterson in 2016. If Everett Golson has a standout year and Notre Dame’s offense shows ability to light up the score board against the schedule it's facing, the position of Notre Dame quarterback becomes more attractive than it already is. Though there’s quality depth on the roster, it’s not so daunting it should issue concern to a top quarterback. With decommitments across the nation likely a certainty at points throughout the season, Notre Dame could steal a quarterback in this class.

Offensive line is set, and Notre Dame will likely pass on taking a tight end in this class.

Rounding out the positions

(As always, a more in-depth discussion of the targets at each position will be followed in the next edition of the Big Board)

Running back

Sotonye Jamabo Jacques Patrick, Dexter Williams, Nicholas Brosette, Cameron Scarlett

Wide receiver

Equanimeous St. Brown, Cordell Broadus, Malik Lovette, K.J. Hill, Lawrence Cager

Defensive line

Byron Cowart, Neville Gallimore, Christian Wilkins, Rasheem Green, Kendrick Norton, Joseph Wicker

Linebacker

Asmar Bilal, Te’Von Coney, John Houston, Bo Wallace, Porter Gustin Secondary

Iman Marshall, John Humphrey, Ykili Ross, Justin Tranquill

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