Notre Dame Big Board: Wide Receiver

Notre Dame owns depth at wide receiver, which puts the program in a strong spot at this position entering the 2017 cycle.

CURRENT OUTLOOK

Notre Dame lost its top three receivers from last season in Will Fuller, Chris Brown and Amir Carlisle. That means the depth chart heading into fall camp could shape up like this:

X: Equanimeous St. Brown, Corey Holmes, Javon McKinley, Kevin Stepherson
Z: Torii Hunter Jr., C.J. Sanders
W: Corey Robinson, Miles Boykin, Chase Claypool

From that group only Robinson will exhaust his eligibility after this season.

Notre Dame parted ways with Jalen Guyton in the offseason after his dismissal from the University.

The Irish could still add their crown jewel to the 2016 class should five-star athlete Demetris Robertson choose Notre Dame. Robertson would vie for immediate playing time at the X position.

WHAT’S NEXT

Notre Dame inked three receivers last cycle and four in 2015, so there is solid depth at the position, even with Fuller’s departure, Guyton’s dismissal, and Robertson’s uncertain future.

Expect Notre Dame to sign two to three receivers in this class.

Here’s a look at the Watch List.  

Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Elston
Top Offers: Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin
Outlook: Aijan thought about pulling the trigger on a commitment in September when he visited for the Texas game. Aijan was on campus last summer for Irish Invasion. An Ohio State offer could shake things up, but Notre Dame currently leads.
Arrow: Up

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Booker 
Top Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Stanford, UCLA
Outlook: It’s still early in his recruitment, but Notre Dame has the tools to emerge as a dark horse. He saw the Irish play Boston College last season, and a visit could come before the fall season. 
Arrow: Horizontal

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Booker
Top Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee
Outlook: Notre Dame offered Blount last month, and a spring/summer visit to campus is in the works. He’s teammate with future Notre Dame preferred walk-on athlete Mick Assaf. 
Arrow: Horizontal

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Denson
Top Offers: Louisville, Kentucky, Miami, Tennessee
Outlook: Miami leads for Dingle, who picked up an Irish offer in December, but he doesn’t plan to commit until his senior year. If Florida offers, the Gators could emerge as the top school.
Arrow: Down

Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Denbrock
Top Offers: Arizona State, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC
Outlook: Lewis visited Notre Dame last spring with his seven-on-seven team, and Denbrock has maintained consistent communication since. He has yet to trim his list. Lewis is friends with Irish signee Javon McKinley. 
Arrow: Horizontal

Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Denbrock
Top Offers: Arizona, Miami, Michigan, Washington
Outlook: Johnson said recently that Arizona, Maryland and Nebraska are on him the hardest. He is a combo wide receiver/tight end. Johnson visited Notre Dame last spring with his seven-on-seven team.
Arrow: Down

Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Gilmore
Top Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State
Outlook: Peoples-Jones first visited Notre Dame for Junior Day last month. He’s being recruited hard by a number of schools, and it will be a battle to land him. But Notre Dame got him on campus early, and he’s developed a good relationship with the coaching staff.
Arrow: Horizontal

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Sanford
Top Offers: Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
Outlook: Big 12 programs figure to be the ones to unseat early. Notre Dame offered in January. Rambo is of the same program as Notre Dame’s top quarterback target in 2017, Avery Davis.
Arrow: Horizontal

Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Denbrock
Top Offers: Michigan, Stanford, UCLA, USC
Outlook: The younger brother of Irish wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame offered Osiris last year. Notre Dame expects him on campus in June. He’s not a slam-dunk guarantee for Notre Dame yet, but the Irish have a lot working in their favor.
Arrow: Up


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