Following the official announcement of Notre Dame’s new staff members on Monday, a flurry of offers were extended to members of the 2016 class.
(For your convenience, each week Irish Illustrated will recap the offers extended in a single post.)
Fink has a good arm and good natural release with excellent mobility. He runs the read option well and possesses good arm strength, but he needs to improve on his consistency and his accuracy as a passer. Still, the tools are there for him to develop into a big-time quarterback.
Competition: UCLA, Washington
He’s the top tight end in the West with a massive frame and potential to move to defensive end in college. He has great hands and is deceptively athletic.
Competition: California, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington
A South Carolina commit, Davis is a versatile athlete who could play tight end or wide receiver at the next level. He has a great frame, can create mismatches, and should become a real weapon inside the red zone. He can become a better blocker, especially inline. He doesn’t possess great speed, but he is quick, and he is big enough to give quarterbacks a nice window to find.
Competition: Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina
Howard is a well-rounded receiver who does everything well. He's a natural pass-catcher, has the speed to get behind a defense and runs very well after the catch.
Competition: Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC
Not only one of the top receivers in the West region but Jones could easily be a standout corner at the next level as well. He has elite quickness and is an explosive downfield threat.
Competition: UCLA, USC, Washington
One of the top prospects in South Carolina regardless of position, Hill also stars as a running back for Heathwood Hall Episcopal. He has great length and speed (4.59 forty in the books) as well as a great motor.
Competition: Duke, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
Davis is a versatile linebacker that could play as an edge pass-rusher but prefers roaming sideline to sideline at inside ‘backer. An Alabama legacy, Davis put Notre Dame in a modified top eight after receiving an offer. It will be a tough pull out of the South.
Competition: Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss
A basketball player -- and he still looks more like that than a football player. Smith’s long and rangy, but he moves well, is fluid, and can rush off the edge or play the flats.
Competition: Clemson, Georgia, Florida State
Notre Dame pulled out all the stops in offering Cuffee as he talked to Mike Sanford, Todd Lyght and Brian VanGorder. Cuffee has all the size you'd want in a defensive back at 6-foot plus an academic profile (offers from Stanford and Vanderbilt) that fits the Irish program. Getting the Waco, Texas native on campus will be a big next step.
Competition: Alabama, Baylor, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M
Offering Lewis represented a step back into Louisiana recruiting in a territory formerly worked by defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. Lewis is a rangy safety with SEC offers, including one from LSU. It's always hard to beat the Tigers for an in-state target.
Competition: Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
Okeke is a safety with size and ball skills. He loves to play moving forward, and he is solid in run support. Okeke doesn’t have elite speed, but he’s smart, takes good angles to the ball and has tremendous ball skills.
Competition: Louisville, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Wake Forest
Warner is a long, athletic 6-foot-2 corner that some schools like at safety. He has looked very good on the 7v7 circuit this winter, showing improved athleticism and ball skills.
Competition: BYU, UCLA