Notre Dame’s coaching staff has been active on the recruiting trail since the spring evaluation period started.
Irish assistant Scott Booker visited Potomac High School in Oxon, Md., last week to check in on several of the school’s standout prospects. That group includes rising seniors Greg Ross and Tyler Tobias, plus rising junior running back Tayon Fleet-Davis and defensive end Anthony Dinkins. It’s the same prep program that produced former four-star cornerback Ronald Darby, a one-time Irish commitment who signed with Florida State and went in the second round of last weekend’s draft.
Ross, a 6-foot, 175-pound three-star safety, has the ability to play on either side of the football in college and has already landed offers from Clemson, Iowa, N.C. State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Utah, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.
He recorded 51 tackles, seven interceptions and broke up three more passes with two defensive touchdowns last season.
“He’s a hard-hitting, rangy type of kid,” said Potomac assistant head coach Justin Karriem, who is the school’s offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. “He’s just an overall guy that has a lot of versatility. He can make an impact whether he’s playing that free safety position or corner.”
Tobias is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound cornerback who holds an offer from Division I-AA Mississippi Valley State. He recorded 25 tackles, four interceptions and broke up 13 passes as a junior.
“He’s a guy who can bump inside also and play that nickel spot for a lot of schools,” Karriem said. “He’s a very smart, intelligent kid on the football field. He’s very quick and an overall technician when it comes to playing the defensive back position.”
The sophomore prospects have even higher ceilings.
Fleet-Davis is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back who holds an offer from N.C. State.
As a sophomore, he split carries with a senior and carried 50 times for 403 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 100 yards and another score. On defense, he recorded 94 tackles, six sacks and picked off four passes from his linebacker position.
“He’s projected as a running back as far as the offer at N.C. State but he’s a versatile guy,” Karriem said. “He can lower the shoulder and run you over or he can make you miss out in open space. He’s a tough runner, hard-nosed.”
Fleet-Davis is one of the most physical players on the team, regardless of which side of the ball he plays.
“We call him Bo Jackson,” Karriem said. “That’s his nickname because there isn’t anything he can’t do. He played some receiver for us and played on the defensive side of the ball too.”