Notre Dame stood out to Vaughns early but the Irish have since faded. The five-star receiver has impressed both days here and continues to look like a true No. 1 wide out. Word around Vaughns is that admissions would be an issue for Notre Dame even if the Irish were able to recapture his attention. His recruitment remains a mystery despite his Los Angeles connections.
The former Notre Dame target more than held his own on Thursday. Only Vaughns was better among the receivers and there was a gap between those two and everybody else. Mack showed body control in making contested touchdown catches and was a favorite of his team’s quarterback stable of Shea Patterson and Dillon Sterling-Cole.
Hayes plans to visit Notre Dame this fall for the USC weekend, although considering he’s a Trojans’ pledge from Michigan, that might be a matter of convenience. Too bad for the Irish because Hayes turned in another strong day. He wasn’t the best linebacker overall, but he was tops among those with an Irish connection. Notre Dame just needs to stay in touch and hope for the best.
Claypool had a quiet morning but turned up the volume Thursday afternoon with a circus touchdown catch and a clean grab in traffic. They were polished plays from a raw athlete. All signs point to Notre Dame landing the Canadian on Friday to give the Irish some juice from The Opening, an event dominated by USC and Florida State. Claypool will be one to watch tomorrow.
Notre Dame isn’t in on many defensive linemen here, but Betiku continues to impress. He might be the most coachable prospect at the entire event, something that should further pique Irish interest. Betiku is certainly the most fit too. He doesn’t have the size of some of the SEC area linemen, but that’s because he has Jaylon Smith levels of body fat. He would be a class-changing get.
The Opening coaches don’t have Boudreaux as the best guard here, but he’s in the top half of the offensive linemen through two days. Strength continues to be his biggest asset. Improving his athleticism will be the next step to round out his game. The staff likes the tenacity Boudreaux brings to the line. There’s no fear of getting dirty in the trenches.
Notre Dame will get a visit from McCulloch later this month and again during the season if all goes to plan. That means the Irish will host one of the better linebackers at the entire Opening. He had two interceptions during his first 7-on-7 game and plays bigger than his listed 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame. He’d fit nicely with the linebacker talent already in South Bend.
Notre Dame’s defensive back targets didn’t do much on Thursday, although Cuffee had a pick during the afternoon 7-on-7 sessions. He visited for the Irish Invasion and put Notre Dame in his top 11, with an official visit likely. Word around Cuffee is the in-state schools lead, or at least that’s the perception coming from Texas.