Big Board: Receiver

Notre Dame has potential to sign one of the nation’s premier receiver classes. Get a breakdown of the numbers game at that position and potential personnel scenarios.

Notre Dame received its first receiver commitment when Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast three-star Kevin Stepherson pledged during the Irish Invasion. Stepherson chose Notre Dame over Florida, Miami, Michigan and LSU.

Canadian four-star Chase Claypool followed less than a month later when he committed to Notre Dame over Michigan and Oregon at The Opening.

Current Outlook

When Notre Dame takes the field on Saturday vs. Navy, here’s how the depth chart will look:

X: Will Fuller, Equanimeous St. Brown
Z: Amir Carlisle or Torii Hunter Jr.
Y: Chris Brown or Corey Robinson
TE: Tyler Luatua, Nic Weishar, Alizé Jones, Chase Hounshell

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

Barring unknown attrition, Notre Dame will return all others. Luatua, Corey Holmes, Hunter Jr. and injured tight end Durham Smythe will have two years of eligibility remaining.

In the freshman class, Miles Boykin and Jalen Guyton are safe bets to receive red-shirts this year as neither have seen the field, although Boykin travelled to Clemson. Jones, C.J. Sanders, St. Brown and Weishar will have three years of eligibility left.

What’s Next

Notre Dame would like to sign four receivers. There’s an emphasis on receiver/athlete types, which gives Notre Dame increased flexibility.

Notre Dame will pass on taking a tight end, and it could defer taking a second all-purpose back in favor of acquiring one or two slot/running back hybrids. The Irish have a couple commitments already from junior tight ends in Brock Wright and Cole Kmet.

Ideally, Notre Dame builds upon its foundation of Stepherson and Claypool by adding Javon McKinley, Demetris Robertson, Marquez Calloway, Damian Alloway and/or Melquise Stovall.

It’s a fluid situation, but for now it’s first-come, first-served for Alloway and Stovall.

Claypool has the potential to develop into a defender or tight end. Callaway and Robertson fit the athlete mold. Alloway and Stovall project in the slot, though the latter owns more running back traits than the former.

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

Receiver/Tight End
Damian Alloway
5-10, 170
Fontana, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Sanford Top Offers: CLA, Wisconsin, Washington, Cal
Update
UCLA and Notre Dame are the top two for Alloway, who takes his official visit to Notre Dame for the Wake Forest game in November. Distance from home gives the Bruins the slight edge.
Marquez Callaway
6-3, 170
Warner Robbins, Ga.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia
Update
Notre Dame impressed during Irish Invasion, but Georgia and Tennessee are his leaders. Callaway has yet to schedule official visits.
Chase Claypool
6-5, 212
Abbotsford, B.C.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Committed on July 10
Notre Dame closed the deal with Claypool at The Opening, where the Canadian receiver showed plenty of raw potential and ball skills.
Nate Craig
6-3, 208
Tampa, Fla.
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Denson Top Offers: Florida, FSU, North Carolina, Ohio St.
New Notre Dame will receive an official visit on Oct. 17 from the No. 1 receiver in this class, though Florida is in the drivers’ seat.
Rontavius Groves
5-11, 180
Nashville, Tenn.
Offer: No Visit: Yes Recruiter: Elston Top Offers: Tennessee, Penn St., Ole Miss, UNC
Groves attended the Irish Invasion and projects in the slot. With Kevin Stephenson committed and Damian Alloway trending, Notre Dame can wait.
Theo Howard
6-0, 174
Westlake Village, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Denbrock Top Offers: Oregon, USC, UCLA
New A former Oregon commitment, Howard will take visits to Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. The local schools are the favorites for this California native.
Javon McKinley
6-2, 200
Corona, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Top Offers: USC, Oregon, Washington, ASU
Update:Notre Dame leads UCLA and Oregon by a comfortable margin. He’ll take his third visit to campus this year on Oct. 17.
Ahmir Mitchell
6-3, 195
Egg Harbor City, N.J.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: FSU, Ohio St., Ole Miss, Michigan
Notre Dame got Mitchell on campus in June but couldn’t move the needle, still running third. Ohio State is the smart pick if he leaves the East Coast.
Demetris Robertson
6-1, 180
Savannah, Ga.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Booker Top Offers: Alabama, Stanford, Florida, Georgia
update Notre Dame is likely neck-and-neck with Stanford and Georgia after he visited for the season opener. This recruitment will go the distance, and the Irish are hopeful he’ll make a return visit.
Kevin Stepherson
5-11, 155
Jacksonville, Fla.

Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denson Committed on June 19
Notre Dame beat out Florida and LSU for Stepherson, who had a strong showing at the Irish Invasion, which triggered his commitment.
Melquise Stovall
5-8, 180
Lancaster, Calif.
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Denbrock Top Offers: Arizona, ASU, UCLA, Washington
New The former USC commitment took an official visit to Notre Dame for the Texas game, and the Irish jumped out in front. Some work to do in the classroom, but Stovall could very well end up joining this class.

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