WHAT NOTRE DAME HAS
Notre Dame picked up its 17th commitment from three-star wide receiver Michael Young of Destrehan (La.) on Wednesday evening. Young chose Notre Dame over finalists Texas A&M and Oregon.
Young also held offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
The 5-foot-10 ½, 180-pound receiver has been the Irish’s top slot receiver target on the board for quite some time. Notre Dame offered Young back in April, and his first visit to campus was for Irish Invasion. Assistant Autry Denson headed Young’s recruitment for the Irish.
As a junior, Young posted 41 catches for 624 yards and nine touchdowns. Notre Dame likes his explosiveness, quickness and overall fit as a Notre Dame student-athlete.
WHY IT MATTERS
Young’s commitment means Notre Dame is beyond the halfway mark of its targeted number of wide receivers in 2017. With two solidly on board and another silently committed, the Irish already have a good wide receiver haul with a chance to sign a great one depending on how fall and winter recruiting shakes out.
Young is Notre Dame’s seventh commitment in less than five weeks. Five of the seven were Irish Invasion attendees.
With 17 commitments in the fold for 2017, numbers are starting to become at a premium for the remainder of the class.
The focus going forward will be on offensive tackles, defensive ends, and defensive backs, though Notre Dame could still add at receiver, running back and linebacker.
WHAT NOTRE DAME WANTS
Notre Dame wants to sign four wide receivers this cycle. In addition to Young, the Irish have Winter Park (Fla.) three-star receiver Jordan Pouncey in the fold.
Top prospect Hezekiah Jones of Stafford (Texas) plans to make a decision prior to the start of the season, and Texas A&M is expected to be the choice, though Notre Dame is in the mix.
Cheshire (Conn.) Academy Tarik Black is expected to publicly announce for Notre Dame in January, though the Irish will have to fend off other high-profile programs in the process.
Osiris St. Brown of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite will choose between Notre Dame and Stanford. It’s a tight race that’s probably too tough to call today.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral three-star receiver Jamire Calvin is also in the mix. If UCLA offers and pursues, the Bruins could emerge as the team to beat for Calvin, who plans to take an official visit to Notre Dame this fall with teammate and Irish defensive end target Hunter Echols.
Torii Hunter Jr. enters his senior season this fall and technically could come back for a fifth-year in 2017, although he seems on track for a breakout that takes him into the NFL Draft next spring.
Corey Holmes, C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown all have three years remaining, while Miles Boykin, Chase Claypool, Javon McKinley and Kevin Stepherson have four.