Top performers: Offense

Notre Dame hosted plenty of wide receiver talent for the Irish Invasion and that position dominated our top performers list from Friday night.

Marquez Callaway – athlete – Warner Robbins, Ga.

Callaway worked out on offense and aced the eye test. He was the most impressive prospect on the field, regardless of position. He showed good balance on the sidelines, and he fits the mold of a possession wide out who can make the tough catch in traffic. He’s got good burst off the line and separated himself rather easily from the defensive backs. Callaway’s the type of prospect that has the tools to develop into a featured wide out on any roster in the country. His recruitment is open, so Notre Dame has a shot of getting him back on campus in the fall despite a number of SEC programs in the mix. 

Chase Claypool – wide receiver – Abbotsford, B.C.

There’s reason Claypool has received increased recruiting attention in the spring.  Dominant in one-on-one reps in the red zone, the 6-foot-5 wide out showed good physicality and caught everything that came his way when faced with tight man coverage. Notre Dame will exit the weekend feeling confident with where it stands with Claypool despite mounting national competition.

Joshua Palmer  - wide receiver – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (2017)

Palmer had all characteristics of a prospect working to make a good first impression in front of a coaching staff. He didn’t back down from any opponent, possesses outstanding length and high-pointed the ball well in the red zone. He plays hard, welcomes contact, and doesn’t play flashy. Palmer has early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame. His performance on Friday night backed up that early attention.

Jedrick Wills - offensive tackle - Lexington, Ky. (2017) 

Wills was the best offensive lineman to work out during Irish Invasion with commitments Tommy Kraemer, Liam Eichenberg and Dillan Gibbons all spectators. Wills is a powerfully built prospect in the upper body with long arms to keep pass rushers at bay. He moved almost surprisingly well, holding off junior defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher and senior Tomon Fox during one-on-one reps. Wills also took coaching from Harry Hiestand and put it to use almost immediately. Wills has other elite offers — notably Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Michigan State — but Notre Dame should be a player based on early feedback. 

Brock Wright  - tight end – Cypress, Texas

Despite sub-par quarterback play, Wright showed off his soft hands and pass-catching abilities in open space. His size jumps out immediately and he’s a naturally gifted runner up the middle, winning the sprint competition with other tight ends. Notre Dame sits in very strong position after scoring a couple visits this year, with the family already talking about a return trip for a game this fall. At this point it will be a surprise if Wright doesn’t fall Notre Dame’s way eventually.


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