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Top Performers: Irish Invasion

Irish Illustrated delivers our top performers from Saturday night at Irish Invasion. Our alphabetical list spanned three recruiting classes and included three Notre Dame commitments.

It’s hard to believe Daniels is only going into his sophomore year. Daniels has already taken the reins at quarterback for Mater Dei, one of the powerhouses in California. He’s polished, smooth in the pocket and throws a catchable ball. Daniels also quickly adapted to coaching from Mike Sanford, another good sign. Keep an eye on this one moving forward.

It’s no surprise Davis looked like the most refined quarterback in attendance. He showed good footwork during some drill work that required quick throws. Later during the one-on-one portion, Davis consistently hit receivers in stride on deep balls. Davis and tight end Cole Kmet built up a quick rapport as well. The quarterbacks competed in a 40-yard dash at the end of the event. Davis ran away with that win.

Echols lived up to the billing as the top defensive end in attendance. Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore showered Echols with praise throughout the event. Echols flashed elite quickness and straight line speed, plus some advanced technique. He stood out in particular during position drills with active hands. There’s little doubt Echols is an elite target. Notre Dame might be his ideal fit off the field too.

Holmes showed off his athleticism even before camp started by uncorking some backflips. Once the proceedings got underway, he backed that up as one of the most athletic prospects on hand. Holmes looked explosive out of his breaks and was a consistently open target for quarterbacks. He might have been the best overall prospect at the event. At least a few inside the Gug saw it that way.

Jackson is moving up the Notre Dame recruiting board after a strong camp performance and could be close to a scholarship offer. During the workout, Jackson showed enough speed to beat people deep and quickness that would make him a nice third down back. He also has above average hands for a running back.

There’s no question Kmet was the best tight end at the event. He could’ve been the best pass catcher, period. Kmet turned in a dominant performance with several connections from future teammate Avery Davis. Kmet consistently got away from coverage or could shield the defensive back with his body. And he’s just getting back into the football offseason after wrapping up baseball season.

Although he’s still raw as just a rising sophomore, McCoy was one of the most explosive receivers on hand. McCoy is a long, rangy prospect with a really high ceiling as he continues to grow into his body.

Paye certainly passed the eye test for starters. What’s intriguing about the Boston College commitment on film translated to drill work, where he showed athleticism and quickness off the ball. Paye also looked like one of the most coachable prospects in attendance as he worked with Gilmore on technique.

Few prospects have risen up recruiting boards during the spring like Pouncey, who became a national prospect over the course about a month. Pouncey took several reps and was able to get separation then use his length to attack the football. He could be versatile enough to play multiple receivers spots down the road.

Need a receiver that can take the top off a defense? St. Brown is your guy. He consistently beat defensive backs deep on go routes with pure speed. St. Brown doesn’t have the height of his older brother, current Irish receiver Equanimeous, but is probably already more explosive. He had no trouble winning his one-on-one reps. Top Stories