How will Irish look in ’16?

With Notre Dame’s recruiting haul halfway complete, Irish Illustrated unveils the Scholarship Chart for 2016, highlighting how much room remains and where the Irish need help.

This is supposed to be the year.

And that means Notre Dame will probably have to rebuild afterward. The question is how much, with the answer central to the current recruiting class that hit 13 commitments Thursday when defensive end Ade Ogundeji joined. Depending on who’s back after this season, who declares for the NFL Draft and which transfers hit, Notre Dame could have just five slots remaining this cycle.

To make sense of the math facing Notre Dame’s recruiting department for the next six months, Irish Illustrated unveils its Scholarship Chart for 2016. The chart breaks down the roster by eligibility instead of position, offering some perspective into the long-term goal for each group.

The Scholarship Chart is more best guess than outright gospel. In other words, don’t stress that Jaylon Smith and Will Fuller are off (NFL Draft) while Montgomery VanGorder and Scott Daly remain on.

How the freshman class slots this season with red-shirts also remains in question.

For example, last season Notre Dame red-shirted less than half of its 22-man freshman class and seven of those red-shirts came on the lines. Nic Weishar, DeShone Kizer and Tyler Newsome were the others.

Those ratios have been consistent under Brian Kelly with offensive linemen locks to red-shirt – Steve Elmer being the lone exception – while defensive linemen, tight ends and quarterbacks are likely to sit. On the flip side, it’s a surprise when linebackers, defensive backs, running backs and receivers don’t play. With the freshman class short on linemen but big on receivers, linebackers and defensive backs, Notre Dame probably won’t red-shirt much this season.

Here’s how Notre Dame’s Scholarship Chart figures to look a year from now, with safety and defensive end still glaring needs this cycle.

scholarship Chart 2016
QB Brandon Wimbush*

DeShone Kizer*
Montgomery VanGorder*

Malik Zaire*  
RB Tony Jones Jr. Josh Adams
Dexter Williams
Greg Bryant# Tarean Folston
WR Miles Boykin*
Jalen Guyton*
Chase Claypool
Kevin Stepherson
C.J. Sanders
Equanimeous St. Brown
Justin Brent
Corey Holmes
Torii Hunter Jr.#
CJ Prosise*
Corey Robinson
TE   Alize Jones
Nic Weishar*
Mike Heuerman#
Tyler Luatua
Durham Smythe*
OT Liam Eichenberg
Tommy Kraemer
Alex Bars*
Hunter Bivin*
Mike McGlinchey*
OG Parker Boudreaux
Trevor Ruhland*
Quenton Nelson*
Jimmy Byrne*
Colin McGovern#
John Montelus#
Steve Elmer
C Tristen Hoge* Sam Mustipher*    
DE Jamir Jones
Ade Ogundeji
Julian Okwara
Jonathan Bonner*
Grant Blankenship
Kolin Hill
Doug Randolph#
Andrew Trumbetti
Isaac Rochell
DT Micah Dew-Treadway*
Elijah Taylor*
Brandon Tiassum*
Pete Mokwuah*
Jerry Tillery
Daniel Cage
Jay Hayes
Jacob Matuska*
Jarron Jones*
LB   Josh Barajas
Asmar Bilal
TeVon Coney
Michael Deeb*
Greer Martini
Nyles Morgan
James Onwualu

CB Jalen Elliott
Julian Love
Ashton White*
Nick Coleman
Shaun Crawford
Nick Watkins Devin Butler
Cole Luke
S Nicco Fertitta*
Spencer Perry
Mykelti Williams Drue Tranquill Max Redfield
ST John Shannon Tyler Newsome*
Justin Yoon
  Scott Daly*
Total 23/85 46/85 70/85 81/85

* Has taken a red-shirt season to preserve a year of eligibility

# Took a medical red-shirt season

Updated: 7/17/15 Top Stories