Final Predictions: Betting D-Line Gets

Irish Illustrated’s Jake Brown and Steve Hare make their final round of predictions before National Signing Day, with two defensive linemen consensus picks to go Irish and a couple wild cards still outstanding.

http://www.scout.com/player/204334-jalen-harris?s=109

Jake

Prediction: Notre Dame
Confidence: Low
Here’s my wild card. One of these days, a pass rusher has to look at the Notre Dame depth chart and get wide eyed with the potential for playing time. Maybe this is the guy? Beating out family connections is difficult, but the Irish have given themselves a chance.

Steve

Prediction: Notre Dame
Confidence: Low
Everything that had to happen during Harris’ official visit to Notre Dame did happen. Now the Irish play the waiting game to see if they can flip the Arizona commitment. That’s no easy task considering both of Harris’ parents attended Arizona.

http://www.scout.com/player/200928-mac-hippenhammer?s=109

Jake

Prediction: Penn State
Confidence: High
Getting Hippenhammer back on campus was the best shot Notre Dame had to facilitate a flip. But Hippenhammer never took that official visit (he did take an unofficial, however) and all signs point strongly to Penn State holding the Irish off.

Steve

Prediction: Penn State
Confidence: Medium
Notre Dame was always Hippenhammer’s dream school but the offer came too late. Although there was some Irish momentum, it looks like Hippenhammer is headed to Happy Valley.

http://www.scout.com/player/193381-greg-johnson?s=109

Jake

Prediction: USC
Confidence: Medium
This boils down to two options: Nebraska and USC. Nebraska has a position coach with which Johnson is very familiar. USC scored a commitment from his younger brother. I’ll give the nod to the hometown program with family already in the fold.

Steve

Prediction: USC
Confidence: Low
This one could go any number of ways but it’s likely between Nebraska and USC. Give the edge to the Trojans for a number of reasons, but mostly because his younger brother already committed to the school.

http://www.scout.com/player/207662-jeremiah-owusu-koramoah?s=109

Jake

Prediction: Notre Dame
Confidence: Medium
Let’s piece this together: Owusu-Koramoah is a high academic prospect that committed to Virginia in the first place, at least in part for that reason. Notre Dame still seems like a logical choice, even if Michigan State is a legitimate threat.

Steve

Prediction: Notre Dame
Confidence: Medium
Michigan State and Notre Dame are going head to head for the former Virginia commit. Owusu-Koramoah had excellent visits to both schools but Notre Dame looks to be ahead down the stretch.

http://www.scout.com/player/187828-jordan-pouncey?s=109

Jake

Prediction: Miami
Confidence: High
This has been the most likely landing spot from the instant Pouncey de-committed. Seems like he has Notre Dame among his top four in name only. It’s highly doubtful he ends up anywhere other than Coral Gables.

Steve

Prediction: Miami
Confidence: High
The former Notre Dame commitment always seemed destined to be a Hurricane. That should happen on Wednesday.

http://www.scout.com/player/205553-myron-tagovailoa-amosa?s=109

Jake

Prediction: Notre Dame
Confidence: Medium
Recent intel indicates it’s a Notre Dame-Vanderbilt battle. Both would be outside the Hawaiian’s comfort zone. Seems to me the better football option is fairly obvious. Brian Polian strikes again on the islands?

Steve

Prediction: Notre Dame
Confidence: Medium
USC was considered the favorite to land this Hawaiian defensive lineman, but now Notre Dame and Vanderbilt are in a head-to-head battle. Look for the Irish to win out on signing day.

http://www.scout.com/player/208891-kofi-wardlow?s=109

Jake

Prediction: Maryland
Confidence: Low
Still not feeling I can pull the trigger on a Wardlow flip. Not sure exactly why but it seems like their should have been movement by now, especially with Wardlow having visited not only Notre Dame but Virginia Tech.

Steve

Prediction: Notre Dame
Confidence: Medium
Wardlow hasn’t said much since his official visit to Notre Dame but the Irish continue to be in the discussion. Confidence isn’t as high as it once was, but Notre Dame should be the choice.

http://www.scout.com/player/193614-russ-yeast?s=109

Jake

Prediction: Louisville
Confidence: Low
Certainly hard to read given how little Yeast and family have said since visiting Notre Dame outside a prepared statement. Seems like it would’ve been a no-brainer had the Irish offered earlier. Now I’m not so sure it will actually happen.

Steve

Prediction: Louisville
Confidence: Low
Notre Dame's late offer hurt the Irish as Yeast just didn't have enough time to develop the necessary relationships with the Irish coaching staff to make the switch, even as an in-state product.


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