Irish getting ahead on these ‘19 prospects

Notre Dame’s coaching staff is focused on closing out its recruiting class of 2017 but the Irish already have targeted several underclassmen, including a handful of 2019 targets.

Notre Dame has already offered a handful of rising sophomores and the Irish have communicated with several others.

Four-star quarterback J.T. Daniels of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., is the Irish’s top target at the position in the recruiting class of 2019 but Notre Dame has shown interest in Hank Bachmeier, a four-star prospect from Murrieta, Calif.

“I was invited to Irish Invasion and have received a few letters,” Bachmeier said. “I didn’t go because it was the same weekend as Michigan’s camp and I went to that.”

Bachmeier, who holds an early offer from Colorado, plans to make his way to South Bend in the future.

“Most definitely,” he said. “It’s one of my favorite schools since I was little.”

Jalen Williams, a 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Landon, Md., holds an offer from North Carolina and has drawn interest from Maryland, N.C. State, Clemson, Purdue, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

He hopes to hear a lot more from Notre Dame in the future.

“That’s my dream school right there,” Williams said. “Hopefully I (hear more) this season. I'm a rising sophomore. I just have to stay humble and continue to work hard. Notre Dame is a great academic school and academics is always first. Football doesn't last forever so it would be good to have a Notre Dame degree in sports management on my résumé. I always liked the program also. I like how they are independent too.”

Bryce Sebastian, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound running back from Cheshire Academy, Conn., also hopes to hear from the Irish.

Sebastian, a teammate of Irish commitment C.J. Holmes and top wide receiver Tarik Black, has drawn offers from Connecticut, Syracuse and Boston College.

Murfreesboro, Tenn., cornerback Adonis Otey has heard from Notre Dame.

“Not too much other than some camp info they sent,” he said. “They sent some mail as well.”

Otey already has landed offers from a handful of college programs and USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Ohio State are showing the most early interest.

With five commitments already on board in the ’18 haul, Notre Dame is well on its way to a Top 10 class next cycle. And based on the early interest coming back from these ’19 athletes, it appears the Irish have their operation organized well into the future as well.


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