Big Board: Running Back

Running back spots are at a premium in Notre Dame’s next recruiting class, but that hasn’t stopped the staff from working to flip running backs committed to Alabama, Miami and USC.

CURRENT OUTLOOK

Tarean Folston and Josh Adams figure to be listed as co-starters this fall.

Dexter Williams and Justin Brent will follow, with incoming freshmen Tony Jones Jr. and Deon McIntosh set to enroll next month.

After this season it’s a safe bet a healthy Folston turns pro. Adams and Williams will be juniors in 2017, and depending how the staff manages red-shirts this fall, Jones and McIntosh could still have four years remaining.

The positional status of Brent is unknown, and it’s possible he gets a look back at receiver. Assuming he remains on the roster, Brent would enter 2017 with two years of eligibility remaining. He took a red-shirt last fall.

WHAT’S NEXT

Notre Dame would like to sign at least one running back this cycle. Notre Dame can be selective after signing Jones and McIntosh in February. The Irish are also optimistic they will land one the Midwest’s top backs in 2018, in-state four-star Markese Stepp.

Florida native Robert Burns and Connecticut native C.J. Holmes are tentatively expected to be on campus next month for Irish Invasion.

Here’s a look at the first Watch List at running back.

http://www.scout.com/player/182333-robert-burns?s=109

Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Denson
Top Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Miami, Tennessee
Outlook: The Miami commitment plans to return to Notre Dame with his mother next month for Irish Invasion. Notre Dame thoroughly impressed him at Junior Day, his first visit. The Hurricanes have location and familiarity in their favor, but the Irish are in position to strike.
Arrow: Up

http://www.scout.com/college/notre-dame/player/193389-stephen-carr

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Sanford
Top Offers: Alabama, Miami, UCLA, USC
Outlook: Carr has been committed to USC since last spring but visited Michigan and Miami this spring. Carr plans to take five official visits in the fall, and Notre Dame is pushing to receive one.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/193129-ty-chandler?s=109

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Booker
Top Offers: Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee
Outlook: Notre Dame was left off his top eight released earlier this week despite his high academic background coming from Montgomery Bell Academy, which produced starting offensive lineman Alex Bars.
Arrow: Down

http://www.scout.com/player/191061-najee-harris?s=109

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Sanford
Top Offers: Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, USC
Outlook: It’s a long road from now until February, but Harris has been committed to the Tide since last spring. The No. 1 running back is considered a solid commitment to Nick Saban’s program.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/192278-c-j-holmes

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Booker
Top Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, UCLA
Outlook: Holmes, who’s best friends with Irish receiver target Tarik Black, tentatively plans to visit Notre Dame this summer after adding an offer earlier this week. Holmes was working with a top three of Penn State, Syracuse and Tennessee for much of the spring. But after he picked up a slew of new offers, expect the Irish to be a legitimate contender. 
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/204148-noah-igbinoghene?s=109

Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Denson
Top Offers: Duke, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Outlook: Igbinoghene could project as a slot wide receiver at Notre Dame, but there’s potential to play in the backfield, too. Notre Dame is one of his most high-profile offers to date, and the Irish should get him on campus eventually.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/183810-alaric-williams

Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Denson
Top Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska
Outlook: Contact between Notre Dame and Williams has decreased considerably in the past couple of months. The Auburn commitment visited campus last season and attended the Shamrock Series game in Boston.
Arrow: Down

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