Meet The Class: Offense

The Irish couldn’t have asked for more at the offensive skill positions, landing top targets at quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end. How did Notre Dame get all this star power? Here’s the recruiting backstory.

Quarterback
Recruiting Rewind:

Wimbush spent last off-season as a Penn State commitment before flipping to Notre Dame after an official visit during the Stanford weekend. The Irish couldn’t have done better after losing Blake Barnett to Alabama last June. The Under Armour All-American held a national offer list, including Ohio State and Stanford.

Running Back
Recruiting Rewind:

Notre Dame went hard after Adams even when other schools took a step back following his junior year ACL tear. He attended the Irish Invasion and committed on June 30. Notre Dame beat in-state programs Penn State and Pittsburgh for Adams, who bounced back with a strong senior year.

Recruiting Rewind:

The Irish were desperate for a second back and Williams gave them one on National Signing Day. He’s a former Miami commitment who will arrive with an immediate shot at the rotation. Credit to Tony Alford for his recruiting persistence and Greg Bryant for hosting during a January official visit.

Wide Recever / Tight End
Recruiting Rewind:

Notre Dame locked down Boykin last summer despite offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida. The Irish should get a physical wide out immediately. Notre Dame can’t afford to let Catholic school talent from Chicago get away. The Irish didn’t with Boykin.

Recruiting Rewind:

The ultra-productive Texas prospect was basically a head-to-head win over the in-state Aggies last summer. While Guyton doesn’t blow people away physically, he put up serious statistics as a senior at powerhouse Allen High School with 72 catches for 1,770 yards and 22 scores.

Recruiting Rewind:

The top-ranked prospect in this class, Jones flipped from UCLA on Jan. 15 to give the Irish another elite tight end and a nearly surefire early contributor. Jones stars at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas with fellow signee Nicco Fertitta, who Jones counts as one of his best friends.

Recruiting Rewind:

The last time Notre Dame got a commitment from Servite on National Signing Day it was Troy Niklas. Now it’s St. Brown, a rangy receiver who’s been on the Irish radar for more than a year. Notre Dame outlasted USC and UCLA and wrapped this up quietly in December, holding on for the past month-plus.

Recruiting Rewind:

Sanders committed to Notre Dame last May during an unofficial visit, his first look at the program. Stanford and USC were both giving chase before the Ohio State legacy popped. He’s a pure slot receiver, something the Irish needed in this class. Sanders was the first skill position get in this haul.

Offensive Line
Recruiting Rewind:

Notre Dame beat Florida head-to-head for Hoge more than a year ago, locking up the early enrollee in December of his junior year. Stanford was also a serious player early. Hoge’s family relocated to South Bend not long after his commitment, making this a drama-free chase for the Irish coaching staff.

Recruiting Rewind:

The Irish gave Ruhland a couple looks before offering, choosing him over legacy Mirko Jurkovic. Ruhland wasn’t offered by his father’s alma mater Iowa. Nebraska was his only other marquee offer. Harry Hiestand is high on Ruhland’s attitude. Physically, he may need a couple years in the weight room.

Recruiting Rewind:

Despite multiple visits to LSU along with an official to Dartmouth, Tillery enrolled at Notre Dame for the spring semester with the only surprise the fact he’ll open on the defensive line. Offensive tackle still looks like his long-term home. Tillery is the longest commit in this class, going Irish nearly 20 months ago.


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