Insider Report: Trending up at rush end?

Is Josh Kaindoh really solid to Maryland? What’s the latest on all those other defensive ends look at Notre Dame? How the staff has handled that position this summer might be a tip about where recruiting is headed.

Four-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh committed to Maryland over Notre Dame back in the spring. But the questions surrounding his recruitment haven’t stopped.

There's been plenty of speculation Kaindoh could take other visits, or at least one to Notre Dame, despite that Maryland pledge. Kaindoh now attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., but is originally from the Baltimore area. He wanted to shoot that down.

“It’s very, very annoying,” Kaindoh said. “I committed to Maryland for a reason. I don’t plan on de-committing. People just like to talk I guess. Notre Dame was a school that was at one point in my recruitment, but now I hardly talk to them.

“(If Maryland wins seven games) this year it doesn’t matter. That’s where I committed. I don’t plan on de-committing.”

Kaindoh does still have some Notre Dame connections. He faces new Irish commitment Robert Hainsey every day in practice at IMG Academy.

“I think he’s a great player,” Kaindoh said. “He’s patient, has good feet and is real technical. He’s one of the tougher players I play in practice.”

Irish Illustrated’s take: Despite Kaindoh’s persistence that he’s 100 percent committed to Maryland, it would not surprise us if he took an official visit to Notre Dame in the fall. Still, we ultimately expect him to sign with Maryland barring a total collapse in College Park.

K’Jakyre Daley will take official visits

Notre Dame defensive end target K’Jakyre Daley will now take official visits before making a decision. The Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast three-star product at one point contemplated a summer decision before electing to extend his timeline.

Daley had hoped to visit Notre Dame in July, but that probably won’t happen.

“I want to enjoy the process,” Daley said. “If I committed early then I wouldn’t be able to completely enjoy the process. I want to take my officials and learn more about each school.”

Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Wisconsin make up Daley’s top three. Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Florida, Syracuse, Tennessee and UCF are some other scholarship offers on the table.

“I know I’ll take official visits to my top three and then I haven’t decided what other two schools will get official visits,” Daley said.

Daley is being recruited to Notre Dame as a rush end.

“I talk to coach (Brian) VanGorder and coach (Mike) Elston all the time,” Daley said. “We just talk about life and they tell me about Notre Dame and want me to come visit.”

Irish Illustrated’s take: Distance is playing a factor here, but not in the sense that Daley doesn’t want leave home. Rather, it’s been difficult for him to plan a trip to Indiana to get his first look at campus. If Daley does visit while Notre Dame still has a spot for him, we expect him to end up in the commitment column.

Status quo for Kwity Paye 

Defensive end Kwity Paye, a Boston College commitment, made the trek to South Bend for Irish Invasion to see about adding a Notre Dame offer. Turns out there’s not one in the works, at least for now.

“They said that there is no offer on the table as of right now,” Paye said, “but if someone were to de-commit over the course of the recruiting process, I will most likely be hearing from them about an offer.” 

Notre Dame appears content with their recruiting board for now. 

Did Hunter Echols tip his hand?

Read into tweets at your own risk, but four-star defensive end Hunter Echols posted one on Thursday night that got our attention.

The Los Angeles product rates among the most important prospects on Notre Dame’s board regardless of position and visited for Irish Invasion. He’s said he’ll likely be back for an official visit. The feeling around Notre Dame is Echols’ commitment to UCLA could drop at any time. Could that be what Echols meant with that tweet?

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound athlete from Cathedral High School isn’t the kind of prospect the Irish sign often, meaning a long, lean weak side pass rusher. Echols showed well at The Opening Finals last week and would represent a key piece to Notre Dame’s recruiting puzzle if the Irish can get him.

Michael Young looking at more visits

Three-star wide receiver Michael Young almost committed to Notre Dame after visiting Irish Invasion.

That’s yet to happen and now it sounds like Young will take more visits.

“I’ve begun to speak with some coaches about officials,” Young said.

He’s targeting trips to Notre Dame, Oregon and Texas A&M. Right now there are no dates for those trips as the schedule begins to take shape. Those are the programs most heavily in pursuit of Young at this point.

Young could still end his recruitment at any time. Notre Dame, Oregon and Texas A&M all hosted Young in the spring or summer.

The latest on Chris Whittaker

In addition to Daley and Young, defensive end Chris Whittaker has been on Commit Watch all summer.

A visit to Notre Dame has been in the works for Whittaker, but to the best of our knowledge, nothing has been scheduled. Whittaker will visit Kentucky this month. He visited South Carolina in June.

If Notre Dame gets him on campus this summer or early in the season, our guess is Whittaker leaves South Bend as a Notre Dame commitment. Similar to Daley, logistics surrounding scheduling have been a hurdle Notre Dame is working to overcome in this recruitment.

Officials take shape for Jamire Calvin

Eight programs remain for three-star receiver Jamire Calvin: Alabama, Arizona State, Cal, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State.

Calvin has his eyes on a trio of official visits: Arizona State, Nebraska and Notre Dame.

Right now it looks likely that Calvin sees the Irish when they host Stanford in mid-October. High school teammate and four-star defensive end Hunter Echols, a UCLA commitment, is also targeting an official visit that weekend.

Rahyme Johnson a versatile option

Four-star outside linebacker Rahyme Johnson is another Los Angeles prospect expected to visit for the Stanford game.

Johnson is listed as an outside linebacker but could be more of a defensive athlete. Associate head coach and area recruiter Mike Denbrock has started to fill Johnson in on where defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder sees him in the system.

Denbrock told the 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect he could feature in many different ways: Pass rusher, run-stopping linebacker or pass defender against running backs and tight ends.

Notre Dame will get a chance to show Johnson more about his fit into the scheme during his visit.

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