Master List: Offense

All eyes on receiver heading toward National Signing Day as Notre Dame hunts big game to add explosive play making ability to this class.

Quarterback
Ian Book
6-1, 195
El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Sanford Committed on Aug. 4
The first in-home visit of Brian Kelly’s off-season schedule, Book also got to connect with quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford, who told Book he has no plans to leave the program this winter.
Notes: Notre Dame dug deep for its quarterback after missing on more than a half-dozen higher-profile targets at the position. Ultimately, Mike Sanford’s background at Boise State landed three-star Ian Book, who had committed to Washington State in April. Book held a Boise State offer while Sanford was still the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach there. After Sanford’s move to South Bend communication dropped off, although Sanford did visit Book during the spring evaluation period. When Notre Dame continued to miss on bigger names, Sanford began to intensify his pursuit and got Book to campus in late July. With a skill set comparable to Tommy Rees coming out of high school, Book can do a little bit of everything despite not overwhelming with his physical attributes. Unlike Rees, Book won’t walk into a barren quarterback depth chart and be forced into early action. He gives the Irish a solid insurance policy at the position, although he was supposed to precede in-state star Hunter Johnson, who opted for Tennessee and then flipped to Clemson. Coincidentally, Book and Johnson both occasionally train with the same quarterbacks coach, Will Hewlett. The focus now is on Texas junior quarterback Avery Davis, who visited during the season and quietly has the Irish out front in his recruitment.
Running back
Tony Jones
6-1, 215
Bradenton, Fla.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denson Committed on March 22
UpdateJones had a quiet week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but fit in with the nation’s elite. He had a similar performance at The Opening, impressing scouts but not blowing anybody away.
Deon McIntosh
5-11, 170
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denson Committed on Nov. 16
Update If McIntosh is viewed more as a slot receiver, the Irish could call it a class on offense and be satisfied. Running back is a logjam, although McIntosh’s versatile skill set should get a look.
Notes: The goal remained the same since spring practice. Notre Dame wanted to land one pure running back and one athlete who can bounce between the backfield and the slot. Tony Jones Jr. gave Notre Dame its pure running back during spring practice when he committed after a Junior Day look. Deon McIntosh came next, committing to Notre Dame in November over Miami and West Virginia. McIntosh visited for the USC game and Notre Dame impressed, enough that the Florida athlete said he might commit in short order. He did a month later. The Irish aren’t hurting for running back talent even with C.J. Prosise gone and Tarean Folston recovering from a torn ACL. With Josh Adams and Dexter Williams in the freshman class, the Irish seem stocked for the long haul. A Jones-McIntosh combination should keep it that way.
Receiver/Tight End
Chase Claypool
6-5, 212
Abbotsford, B.C.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Committed on July 10
Did anybody have a better statistical senior season than Claypool? He averaged multiple touchdowns per game, even against weak competition. The Irish may have landed a steal last summer.
Javon McKinley
6-2, 200
Corona, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Committed on Jan. 9
The Irish landed their No. 1 receiver target during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, closing out this big body that will slot nicely into the depth chart next season. Notre Dame beat out Oregon and Washington.
Demetris Robertson
6-1, 180
Savannah, Ga.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: Georgia, Alabama, Georgia Tech
updateNotre Dame went guns blazing at Robertson with its final shot at the five-star receiver, sending the school’s semi truck to impress. It worked. But officials to Georgia, Georgia Tech and Alabama loom.
Kevin Stepherson
5-11, 155
Jacksonville, Fla.

Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denson Committed on June 19
Stepherson is already in South Bend for the spring semester as an early enrollee, although making an impact out of the gate will be a real challenge. Still, the Irish need bodies after losing their three top wide outs.
Notes: And then there was one. With just days to go until National Signing Day, the only receiver left on the board is five-star Demetris Robertson, whose recruitment has hit circus status. Notre Dame sent its semi truck to Savannah, Ga., to impress Robertson on Jan. 28 and the ploy created a national buzz about the Irish pursuit. However, that visit by Mike Sanford, Mike Denbrock and Scott Booker was likely Notre Dame’s last shot to impress Robertson, who’s planning three official visits in the next week and is unlikely to sign on National Signing Day. Barring a late change, which has been custom in Robertson’s recruitment, he’ll see Georgia Tech and Alabama this weekend with a trip to Georgia to follow the weekend after National Signing Day. While Stanford continues to get mentioned by Robertson, the five-star has not been admitted to the Cardinal. At this point, the Irish have done in this recruitment. Notre Dame just needs a decision. He’s all that’s left on the board following Damian Alloway’s commitment to UCLA and Notre Dame cutting off interest with Nate Johnson. The Tennessee product and Michigan commitment took an official visit to South Bend in mid-January, but the Irish didn’t see a perfect fit.
Offensive Line
Parker Boudreaux
6-4, 287
Orlando, Fla.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denson Committed on July 2
Boudreaux helped power Bishop Moore to a state title shot and remains solid with the Irish. The mauling guard has proven to be one of Notre Dame’s most active recruiters within this class.
Liam Eichenberg
6-5, 285
Cleveland, Ohio
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Hiestand Committed on April 19
updateEichenberg impressed at the Under Armour All-America Game in hostile conditions, backing up his Scout.com ranking as a Top 100 talent. Notre Dame and Ohio State both coveted this Ohio product.
Tommy Kraemer
6-5, 310
Cincinnati, Ohio
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Hiestand Committed on Oct. 4, 2014
updateKraemer had a strong but not spectacular week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which was just fine to hold serve as a Top 50 prospect. Look for Kraemer to slot into the two-deep next year while taking a red shirt.
Notes: Notre Dame’s offensive line will take a step back minus Ronnie Stanley and Nick Martin, although depth at the position remains solid as the junior class takes another step forward. Even after signing just two offensive linemen last cycle, the Irish will return a wealth of talent up front as Steve Elmer, Mike McGlinchey, John Montelus, Colin McGovern and Hunter Bivin enter their fourth years in the program. On top of that, Alex Bars and Quenton Nelson have already hit in the sophomore class and both should start in ’16. Center Sam Mustipher figures to do the same with Tristen Hoge backing him up. It means the three commitments on board should all red-shirt, which has been standard practice around here. Of the 14 scholarship offensive linemen on the roster, all but Steve Elmer took a red-shirt. Look for Parker Boudreaux, Liam Eichenberg and Tommy Kraemer to do the same.

Updated: 1/29/16


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