Irish show in Scout 300 for ‘18

Irish Illustrated breaks down Notre Dame’s position in the first Scout 300 for the Class of 2018.

Notre Dame has four commitments in the Class of 2018, and three made the first Scout 300 for the junior class, which debuted Friday.

Four-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec checks in at No. 46. Only three quarterbacks rank higher, five-star Trevor Lawrence (No. 1), five-star Matt Corral (No. 4) and Jacob Sirmon (No. 40).

Four-star running back Markese Stepp makes the list at No. 193. Stepp is the 14th-ranked running back overall and second-ranked back in the Midwest.

New four-star Jayson Ademilola checks in at No. 211 overall and the No. 14 defensive end. Notre Dame projects Ademilola as a three-technique.

In addition to three commitments, numerous Notre Dame targets populate the Scout 300. Here are some headliners to know.

No. 6: Five-star receiver Jalen Hall is high on Irish wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock, which should put Notre Dame in position to receive a return visit later in the process. He’s visited before with his 7-on-7 team, which included freshmen D.J. Morgan and Javon McKinley.

No. 7: Five-star running back Zamir White visited Notre Dame in June with a national field coming after the North Carolina product. He is the No. 1 running back on Scout for his class.

No. 8: Five-star cornerback Tyreke Johnson considers Notre Dame one his frontrunners after visiting last month. The Irish like him at wide receiver.

No. 9: Five-star offensive guard Jamaree Salyer has visited Notre Dame twice, but he’ll prove to be a tough pull out of the South. He’s the only guard Notre Dame has offered thus far.

No. 11: Four-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote has been high on Notre Dame as a potential fit long before the Irish offered in March; he grew up a fan of Manti Te’o. Gaoteote is the latest top prospect out of Bishop Gorman, which produced Ronnie Stanley, Alizé Jones and Nicco Fertitta.

No. 55: Four-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is the youngest brother of Irish wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. Notre Dame is among his top group along with Stanford and USC.

No. 62: Four-star cornerback Bookie Radley-Hiles is one of Notre Dame’s top defensive back prospects. He’s already become a target for running back commitment Markese Stepp.

No. 67: Four-star tight end Zack Kuntz is Notre Dame’s top tight end prospect. He is the third-ranked tight end in the class behind Brevin Jordan (No. 28) and Mustapha Muhammad (No. 41, holds Irish offer). Kuntz has already visited South Bend.

No. 69: Four-star running back Jaelen Gill has Notre Dame in his top group, but Ohio State is considered the leader.

No. 83: Four-star cornerback Houston Griffith likely has Notre Dame as his No. 1 school for now, but he’s being courted by plenty of national programs. He’s been a regular visitor at Notre Dame since his freshman year.

No. 93: Four-star defensive tackle P.J. Mustipher is the younger brother of Irish center Sam Mustipher. Notre Dame is viewed as the favorite and has already hosted the younger Mustipher on multiple occasions.

No. 114: Four-star linebacker Dallas Gant was offered by Notre Dame following Irish Invasion. Ohio State will likely be Notre Dame’s biggest competition.

No. 124: Four-star offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr. hasn’t been offered by Notre Dame, although Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Georgia have already moved on the Cathedral product from Indianapolis. The Irish have two commits from that program already.

No. 171: Four-star linebacker Matthew Bauer attended the Irish Invasion but wasn’t offered on the spot. Penn State and Syracuse are the early offers for this 6-foot-3, 208-pound athlete

No. 238: Four-star linebacker Ovie Oghoufo added a Notre Dame offer last month, and the Irish jumped into his top two along with Michigan State. He hails from the same program as Irish freshman defensive tackle Khalid Kareem.

No. 259: Four-star Asante Samuel Jr. is the son of the long-time NFL defensive back of the same name and one of Notre Dame’s earliest targets in the secondary. Florida State appears to lead, with offers also in from Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.

No. 300: Three-star defensive end Malik Vann could be the next prospect to join Notre Dame’s Class of 2018 with a decision possibly coming this summer. Michigan and Michigan State are also in the mix. Vann visited for Irish Invasion.

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