Big Board: Receiver

With one commitment in hand, Notre Dame could be halfway home at receiver. But with a handful of interested blue-chip prospects on the board, the Irish could stock up.

Notre Dame has done well signing versatility, talent and depth at receiver in the past three cycles. That means the Irish now recruit from a position of strength.

Notre Dame received its first receiver commitment when Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast three-star Kevin Stepherson pledged during the Irish Invasion. Equipped with deep-threat ability, solid athleticism and good burst off the line, Stepherson chose Notre Dame over Florida, Miami, Michigan and LSU.

Obviously, he’s not afraid of competition either.

Current Outlook

Heading into fall camp, here’s a look at how the depth chart will likely stack up:

X: Will Fuller, Corey Holmes
Z: Amir Carlisle, Torii Hunter Jr.
Y: Chris Brown, Corey Robinson, Justin Brent

Notre Dame will lose Brown and Carlisle after this season, with Fuller a potential early draft entry.

Barring unknown attrition, Notre Dame will return all others. Technically, C.J. Prosise could be listed as a slot receiver, but with Greg Bryant’s suspension to start the season the Irish probably can’t afford to remove him from the backfield. Prosise could return for a fifth year in 2016, along with Robinson, Brent, Holmes and Hunter Jr.

Incoming freshmen Miles Boykin, Jalen Guyton, C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown will all be entering their sophomore years, although it’s unclear how many, if any, will be coming off a red shirt.

What’s Next

Notre Dame would like to sign two to three receivers. There’s an emphasis on receiver/athlete types, which gives Notre Dame increased flexibility in this class.

Notre Dame will likely pass on taking a tight end, and it could defer taking a second all-purpose back in favor of acquiring a slot/running back hybrid. Ideally, Notre Dame builds upon its foundation of Stepherson by adding Javon McKinley, Chase Claypool, Marquez Callaway and Damian Alloway.

Claypool has the potential to develop into a defender or tight end. Callaway could project as a defensive back. Alloway owns slot receiver traits.

Here’s a look at the updated Master List at wide receiver.

Receiver/Tight End
Damian Alloway
5-10, 170
Fontana, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Sanford Top Offers: UCLA, Wisconsin, Cal, ASU
Update:The slot receiver will visit in July and likely return for an official in October. Notre Dame is running near the front of this pack.
Marquez Calloway
6-3, 170
Warner Robbins, Ga.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia
Outlook: Claypool stood out at the Irish Invasion and may commit at The Opening, although that’s not firm. Notre Dame is in strong position.
Chase Claypool
6-5, 212
Abbotsford, B.C.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Top Offers: Oregon, Michigan
Outlook: Claypool ranked among the best of the Irish Invasion and may commit at The Opening. It’s Notre Dame, Michigan and Oregon still standing for the Canadian.
Luke Farrell
6-6, 220
Perry, Ohio
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: Ohio St., Michigan St., Penn St., Boston College
Update:Notre Dame has its sights on taking more than one tight end in 2017, so likely it passes on a true tight end this class. Ohio State leads.
Donnie Corley
6-1, 170
Detroit, Mich.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Gilmore Top Offers: Alabama, Ohio St., Michigan, Michigan St.
Outlook: Corley talked about hitting the Irish Invasion but never showed, visiting Tennessee instead. That all but eliminates the Irish from contention.
Rontavius Groves
5-11, 180
Nashville, Tenn.
Offer: No Visit: Yes Recruiter: Elston Top Offers: Tennessee, Penn St., Ole Miss, UNC
Update: Groves attended the Irish Invasion and projects in the slot. With Kevin Stephenson committed and Damian Alloway trending, Notre Dame can wait.
Javon McKinley
6-2, 200
Corona, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Top Offers: USC, Oregon, Washington, ASU
Outlook: McKinley returned for the Irish Invasion but didn’t work out. He remains Notre Dame’s best shot at an elite receiver and is a high academic prospect too.
Ahmir Mitchell
6-3, 195
Egg Harbor City, N.J.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: FSU, Ohio St., Ole Miss, Michigan
Outlook: Notre Dame was running third entering Mitchell’s visit in late June. Climbing over defending national champ Ohio State may be a challenge.
Kevin Stepherson
5-11, 155
Jacksonville, Fla.

Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Denson Top Offers: Committed on June 19
Outlook: Notre Dame beat out Florida and LSU for Stepherson, who had a strong showing at the Irish Invasion, which triggered his commitment.


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