Weekend recruiting roundup

Notre Dame hosted four visitors of note last weekend, and an elite wide receiver included the Irish in his top five.

Notre Dame hosted a handful of prospects on campus over the weekend, and two visitors added offers, four-star junior wide receiver Isaiah Robertson and sophomore lineman P.J. Mustipher.


Robertson of Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley was offered as an athlete. He made the transition from wide receiver to safety last season. Robertson also holds offers from Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

The Irish are considered the favorite for Robertson moving forward. Notre Dame would like to take three to four wide receivers in 2017.


Mustipher of Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School is the younger brother of Irish center Sam Mustipher. The Irish offered him as a defensive tackle. Other schools that have offered include Duke, Maryland, Penn State and Tennessee. He’s not naming favorites at this point, but he’s visited Notre Dame more than any other school.

Other visitors on campus included four-star offensive tackle Trey Smith, three-star linebacker James Houston and three-star safety Scott Nelson.


Smith of Jackson (Tenn.) University School of Jackson entered the weekend as a priority target for Harry Hiestand. Other schools heavily involved include Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Notre Dame is expected to go the distance with Smith, who spent much of his time with Irish offensive tackle signee Parker Boudreaux while on campus.

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Houston of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage and Scott of Detroit (Mich.) University of Detroit Jesuit do not have Notre Dame offers but are on the board as potential offer candidates in the future. Houston considers Wisconsin his leader. Nelson is projected to end up at Michigan State or Michigan.


On Friday, four-star wide receiver Tarik Black of Cheshire (Conn.) Academy released a top five of Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, in no particular order.

Black visited Notre Dame with his parents for Junior Day in March. Stanford is expected to be Notre Dame’s stiffest competition, but the Irish currently have the upper hand.

He spoke with Irish Illustrated about why Notre Dame made his top group of schools.

“Notre Dame is a great school academically and athletically,” Black said. “The blend of the two goes really well together and can take you far in life. The coaching staff is great, and I love how they coach those guys up. The campus and facilities were awesome, and the tradition is great as well. Overall, I had a great experience when I was there.”

Black currently has no future visits on his agenda and is not expected to make a decision until his senior year.


Notre Dame offered Scout 300 cornerback Latavious Brini on Saturday. The Miami (Fla.) Hileah Gardens product has yet to trim his list, he’s highly coveted in SEC territory.   

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