Weekend Recruiting Roundup

The news and notes surrounding the eventful weekend in Notre Dame recruiting includes updates on multiple top prospects.

Notre Dame hosted powerhouse B2G on Monday. The nation’s No. 1 junior receiver Joseph Hawkins along with freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels were among the squad’s most intriguing visitors. Both have Notre Dame offers and Daniels was the first ’19 prospect to land an Irish scholarship.

USC is considered the hometown favorite to land Lewis, but he’s open to leaving southern California, which is a good sign for the Irish. He’s been interested in visiting Notre Dame for a while now.


Notre Dame is in a good spot early with Daniels, who also has offers from Arizona State, Cal, UCLA, Washington and Yale.


Also on campus with B2G were three Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins sophomores with Notre Dame offers, wide receiver Jalen Hall, cornerback Marcus Johnson and safety Aashari Crosswell.

Notre Dame landed B2G players safety D.J. Morgan and wide receiver Javon McKinley last cycle.

The Irish have also offered B2G freshmen Horace McCoy and Max Williams.

Irish land 10th commitment in 2017

Notre Dame picked up its 10th commitment in the 2017 class on Friday from four-star athlete Isaiah Robertson of Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley. Robertson added an Irish offer last month and subsequently put Notre Dame in his top six, along with Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

Robertson told Irish Illustrated’s Jake Brown following his commitment that Notre Dame took over the No. 1 spot on his list once he was offered. Robertson cited “outstanding” education, “brotherhood” and “elite” football program as the reasons why he chose the Irish.

Notre Dame is recruiting Robertson as an athlete and projects him at safety.  


Blue-Gold Recruiting Recap

Notre Dame hosted more than 20 targets, commitments and signees for the Blue-Gold Game.

None were more important than four-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. Kaindoh arrived Thursday and stayed the weekend with former teammate and Irish mid-year safety enrollee Spencer Perry.

Maryland entered the weekend as Kaindoh’s leader and though sources indicate Notre Dame registered a strong impression during his first visit to campus, the Terps are still the team to beat. A decision could come as early as this week. Kaindoh transferred to IMG from Essex, Md. last year. 


A pair of the Midwest’s best were on campus in Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell.

Peoples-Jones sits atop the receiver board for the Irish, but there exists big time national competition to land him.


Notre Dame trails Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State for Kelly-Powell.


On Saturday, Notre Dame offered four players.  

Four-star wide receiver and Baylor commitment Hezekiah Jones of Stafford (Texas) added an offer. It was his first visit to campus. Jones committed to Baylor in February. He’s also a priority target for the Longhorns.


Sophomore defensive end Malik Vann added a Notre Dame offer. Vann is eyeing a return visit in June for Irish Invasion. Notre Dame has emerged as a favorite to land the edge rusher. Vann also has offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.


Sophomore Pennsylvania natives tight end Zack Kuntz of Camp Hill and wide receiver Jahan Dotson of Nazareth added offers.

Notre Dame joined Duke, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State, among others in offering Kuntz, who owns family ties to the Nittany Lions.


Dotson also holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.


In-state sophomore four-star running back Markese Stepp returned to campus for a third visit on Saturday. It was his first visit as an offered prospect after the Irish offered in February. The Irish lead, and Michigan State and Ohio State make up his top three. He’s teammates with junior Notre Dame linebacker commitment Pete Werner.


Demetris Robertson Sets Decision Date

Five-star athlete Demetris Robertson of Savannah (Ga.) Christian Academy is set to publicly announce his college destination at his school on May 2.

California, Georgia and Notre Dame are the primary contenders.

Robertson can no longer sign a National Letter of Intent, so any announcement that comes is essentially the equivalent of a verbal pledge. His decision becomes final once he steps foot on a campus in June.

The Bulldogs are currently the favorite. Robertson visited Notre Dame back in September and has not returned to campus since.


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