The Big Picture: How Saiid Adebo Fits

Irish Illustrated takes an in-depth look at what Notre Dame will get from Saiid Adebo, one of the top skill players in Texas and a priority target for Charlie Strong, Les Miles, Bob Stoops and Kirby Smart.

WHAT NOTRE DAME HAS

Last month Saiid Adebo became Notre Dame's first cornerback commitment when he went Irish on June 20. The product of Mansfield, Texas joins safety Isaiah Robertson in the Class of 2017 as defensive backs. 

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Adebo is one of the top competitors regardless of position in his class. Instincts, aggressiveness, athleticism, and raw talent are among his best traits. Adebo is at his best when defending the ball in the air. He’s a two-way player in high school with good ball skills on the offensive side of the ball as well.

Adebo caught 41 passes for 730 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He had five interceptions and 50-plus tackles on defense.

WHY IT MATTERS

Adebo is Scout’s 17th-ranked athlete overall and third-ranked athlete in Texas.

His offer list includes: Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Georgia, Kansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas and Texas Tech.

Notre Dame first got Adebo on campus for Junior Day in March. He pulled the trigger on a commitment the Tuesday following Irish Invasion and capped off four commitments in four days for the Irish. Mike Sanford was his lead recruiter.

Adebo is Notre Dame’s third commitment this cycle from Texas. He joins quarterback Avery Davis and tight end Brock Wright from the Lone Star State. It’s worth tracking this fall if Texas pushes to get Adebo on campus for an official visit. The Longhorns, which open against the Irish on Sept. 4, offered in May.

If C.J. Holmes announces for Notre Dame as expected on Friday, Notre Dame will have pledges from two of the nation’s top 20 athletes.

WHAT NOTRE DAME WANTS

Notre Dame wants one more cornerback in 2017.

Notre Dame’s best bets appear to be Thomas Graham and Shaun Wade. Both are top 60 overall prospects in 2017.

Graham visited once in the spring and the Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) product will return on an official visit for the Michigan State game. UCLA is the biggest threat.

Wade is an Ohio State commit but the Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian athlete visited Notre Dame last month. He’ll return for an official visit this fall.

Notre Dame will continue to work Ambry Thomas of Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King, but Michigan and Michigan State are in better position than the Irish.

LOOKING AHEAD

Notre Dame will lose Cole Luke and Devin Butler after this season, but the cornerback depth chart will still include Nick Watkins, Nick Coleman, Shaun Crawford and Ashton  White. Both Crawford and White took red shirts last season, meaning they have four years of eligibility remaining.

Julian Love, Troy Pride Jr. and Donte Vaughn all joined the program this summer. It won't be a surprise if all three burn a year this season, although the coaching staff could hold at least one of them back to stagger their eligibility paths.


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