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Master List: Offense

Harry Hiestand will take center stage on the recruiting front this weekend. Meanwhile, Notre Dame continues to pursue more receivers and even a running back complement to Markese Stepp.

QUARTERBACK

Phil Jurkovec
6-5, 201 

Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Long
Committed on May 16, 2016

UPDATE: Jurkovec has earned the national spotlight as a quarterback ranked in the top 50 nationally. But all winter he’s been helping the Pine-Richland basketball team to a championship season. Jurkovec had 19 points and 10 rebounds this week to clinch a berth in the PIAA Boys Class 6A semifinal to push Pine-Richland into the title game.

Notes: Quarterback recruiting has been stress free for Notre Dame in this class thanks to the early commitment of Jurkovec, who was the first verbal pledge in the Class of 2018 last spring. Mike Sanford helped bring Jurkovec into the fold, Brian Kelly held him over during the transition of assistant coaches. Scout rates Jurkovec its No. 49 prospect overall and fourth quarterback. He’s behind five-star prospects Trevor Lawrence and Matt Corral and four-star Jacob Sirmon. Jurkovec is without question one of the top quarterbacks nationally. And he might be the best athlete among them. Jurkovec has led the Pine-Richland basketball team to a 28-1 record this season and a berth in the Pennsylvania Class 6A title game. He had 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the semifinals, a 65-60 win over Carlisle. Back to football, Jurkovec has been one of Notre Dame’s most active recruiters. Wide receivers have started to take notice. Look for Jurkovec to get back to South Bend for the spring game.

RUNNING BACK

Jashaun Corbin
6-0, 184
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Florida State, LSU, Michigan
NEW: After landing an offer, Corbin said he’s “always been a fan of Notre Dame.” That’s a starting point. Other major programs continue to get involved. LSU and Michigan have recently offered. Clemson could be close to making a move.
Lyn-J Dixon
5-10, 177
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma
NEW: Major scholarship offers continue to roll in for Dixon despite a modest recruiting profile. Notre Dame, Alabama and Texas are among the entrants. Right now it looks like Dixon is bound to stay in SEC country.
Keaontay Ingram
6-0, 190
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Oklahoma, TCU, Texas
UPDATE: Some programs have risen to the forefront with Ingram — Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M among them. Many believe Texas has started to emerge as a leader.
T.J. Pledger
5-9, 185
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, USC

UPDATE: Pledger is down to eight: Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and UCLA. It’s a diverse list geographically for a California native now at IMG Academy in Florida. Notre Dame needs to get Pledger on campus again.

Markese Stepp
6-0, 205
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Elston
Committed on June 19, 2016

UPDATE: Nobody has been a more active recruiter for Notre Dame than Stepp over the last several months. His next big event? Returning for the Blue-Gold Game to mingle with the prospects on hand.

Christian Turner
5-10, 185
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Georgia, Louisville, Miami
UPDATE: Keep an eye on this one with a spring visit likely. Turner has connected with some of Notre Dame’s commitments and might try to come aboard before the summer.

Notes: Autry Denson boasts an array of options at running back heading into next season with Josh Adams, Dexter Williams, Tony Jones Jr. and C.J. Holmes all enrolled. Markese Stepp is already on board with a commitment dating back to last summer. Stepp’s pledge means the Irish could very well be done recruiting the position in this class outside a few options. Two would be the maximum and there are a few targets worth considering, especially since Notre Dame continues to expand the board. Jaelen Gill (Ohio State) is out, so the Irish moved on offers to Jashaun Corbin and Lyn-J Dixon earlier this month. Corbin hasn’t given much away at this stage about what direction he might be leaning while speaking highly of the Irish after scoring an offer. Dixon is likely inclined to stay in SEC country at this stage of the process but is worth the effort as he combines explosiveness with some versatility in the return game. Keaontay Ingram and T.J. Pledger are both putting Notre Dame on a short list, even if informally. Pledger is the more familiar prospect. He visited Notre Dame last spring and continues to build a relationship with Denson. More than likely the Irish need to get Pledger on campus again to have a legitimate shot. Running back is at this point a luxury position with Stepp already committed. Taking one more isn’t necessarily a given for two reasons: Notre Dame’s class this cycle will be small and the depth chart is already pretty solid. But there are some talented players worth pursuing. Notre Dame’s small list of possibilities reflects all those realities.

RECEIVER / TIGHT END

Shaquon Anderson-Butts
6-2, 180
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter: Alexander Top Offers: Oregon, Penn State, Virginia Tech
Pennsylvania was good to Notre Dame last cycle and the Irish are back at it in this class with a pledge from Phil Jurkovec and an offer to the state’s top wide receiver prospect. Penn State looms large, as you’d expect.
Kevin Austin
6-3, 185
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Florida, Miami, Ohio State
Quietly, Austin is turning into a legitimate commitment possibility. Austin plans to visit for Blue-Gold Game weekend and is eager to see the program for himself. That’s certainly a positive sign.
Kamryn Babb
6-1, 190
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Alexander Top Offers:Auburn, Nebraska, Ohio State

Kudos to the staff for getting Babb to swing by campus briefly while in the area for a 7-on-7 tournament. If nothing else, that’s a crack in the door. Notre Dame probably needs Babb to return for something more in-depth to be a real contender.

Jaquayln Crawford
5-10, 163
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Polian
Top Offers: Oklahoma, TCU, Texas
UPDATE: More and more people are starting to see this is a TCU-Texas battle. Crawford did recently list Notre Dame in a group of “standout offers” along with SMU, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Nebraska and TCU.
Isaah Crocker
6-1, 175
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Elston
Top Offers: Oregon, UCLA, USC
NEW: Right now Notre Dame looks like the only program that might have a chance to get Crocker off the West Coast. He recently listed the Irish with Cal, USC, UCLA and Utah as among the programs keeping in best contact.
Jahan Dotson
5-11, 186
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Long
Top Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State
Dotson visited last spring, landing an offer during the trip. Other major offers have flowed in with Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama among the top contenders. Dotson certainly has all the hallmarks of an elite receiver. The Irish love his skills
Patrick Freiermuth
6-5, 230
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Long
Top Offers: Duke, Maryland, Penn State

Committed to Penn State since August, Freiermuth landed an offer from Notre Dame in late February. Offensive coordinator Chip Long made the move. Freiermuth had positive things to say following the offer but remains pledge to the Nittany Lions.

Bryson Jackson
6-1, 170
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Lyght
Top Offers: Miami, Nebraska, TCU

Few prospects can claim Notre Dame as their first offer. Jackson is one of them. He’s talked of wanting to visit South Bend and liking the mix between academics and football. Jackson is up to 13 offers now with Texas showing interest.

Micah Jones
6-5, 195
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Alexander Committed on Feb. 17, 2017

Dating back to when it offered last summer, Notre Dame had always been the favorite. Jones committed less than a week after visiting again for Junior Day. Tall and lanky, Jones gives the Irish a foundation at a position of need.

Lawrence Keys
5-11, 168
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Alexander
Top Offers: LSU, Miami, Texas A&M
Del Alexander made a move on Keys with an offer, finding some SEC speed at a public school in the heart of Louisiana. Keys has an offer from LSU, which is always a problem for other programs.
Braden Lenzy
6-1, 160
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Alexander
Committed on Feb. 22, 2017

Brian Kelly wants more game-breaking speed at wide receiver. Lenzy helps satisfy that requirement. Notre Dame closed fast on Lenzy following his Junior Day visit to campus, sealing the deal within a couple weeks

Mustapha Muhammad
6-5, 235
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Lyght
Top Offers: Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma

Taking two elite tight ends last cycle means Notre Dame should settle for nothing less this time around. Muhammad fits the bill with only Brevin Jordan ranked ahead of him at the position. He’s been talking about making a trip to South Bend.

Jeremy Ruckert
6-5, 220
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Long
Top Offers: Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford
UPDATE: Could Ruckert be close to making a decision? Certainly seems that way. Notre Dame took its shot with a visit earlier this month. Wisconsin also got Ruckert on campus. Michigan is up next. After that trip, there’s some belief Ruckert will be ready to figure out the next step.
Anthony Schwartz
6-0, 175
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Florida, Miami, Oregon
You want speed? Schwartz is one of the fastest prospects in the country, period. We’re talking about a prospect whose best time in the 100-meter dash is 10.26 seconds and ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at a recent The Opening regional.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
6-1, 190
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter: Alexander   Top Offers: Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford

Another St. Brown in the pipeline? You bet. And he’s likely the most talented of the three brothers. St. Brown last visited for Irish Invasion last summer. Expect Notre Dame to be a longtime player, but this will be a tough pull.

George Takacs
6-7, 236

Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Denson
Top Offers: Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin ext
UPDATE: Notre Dame has worked its way into the mix with Takacs since offering, cracking his top four. Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin are the other contenders. Takacs recently visited Wisconsin and will be in South Bend next week.
Chase Williams
6-2, 175
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Polian
Top Offers: UCLA, USC, Washington
NEW: Williams plans a busy spring and summer with multiple visits in the works. Notre Dame, Arizona State and Ohio State are in line to host this month. Summer visits to Clemson and Nebraska are possibilities.
Michael Wilson
6-2, 178
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Alexander
Top Offers: Oregon, UCLA, Washington
Another West Coast product for Del Alexander to pursue on a wide receiver board that continues to expand. Washington has been viewed as an early potential favorite.

Notes: Talk about hitting all the right notes at a position early. Notre Dame landed a solid regional commitment in Micah Jones, a fringe four-star prospect with legitimate size and ability. Braden Lenzy gives the recruiting class more pop as a Scout 300 prospect from the Pacific Northwest with elite speed. Other programs recruited Lenzy as a cornerback or safety, a testament to his football instincts. But the Irish like him at receiver, where they want to use his speed to take the top off opposing defenses. Lenzy also mentioned being thrown right in on special teams. Kudos to Del Alexander, Chip Long and some of the current commitments for closing on Lenzy after he visited for Junior Day. Now what? Notre Dame could take as many as four wide receivers, depending on who wants to come on board. And there are plenty from which to choose. Kevin Austin has risen to the top of a board with a Blue-Gold Game visit set. Chase Williams is worth watching as the plan is to visit before the end of this month. Otherwise it’s a big, open board at wide receiver with several initial possibilities. Getting more of them on campus (or not) will better define the real targets. Could the Irish take a tight end? Certainly. Adding one isn’t necessarily a must with Brock Wright an early enrollee and Cole Kmet heading into the program this summer. But there are a few top targets worth considering. Jeremy Ruckert visited earlier this month and George Takacs is planning to do so next week. Both are potential fits for the program. Do the Irish lead for either? Probably not. That’s fine. If one decides to come on board, great. If not, no big deal.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Jack Carman
6-6, 290
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Hiestand
Top Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State

Carman is an elite offensive tackle prospect right in Notre Dame’s area and teams with a defensive end, Malik Vann, likely favoring the Irish at this stage. But Carman is closer to Ohio State and basically everybody thinks the Buckeyes lead.

John Dirksen
6-5, 275
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Hiestand
Top Offers: Kentucky, Michigan State, Northwestern

UPDATE: Notre Dame can impress this weekend with Dirksen set to visit. Dirksen plays things close to the vest, but the Irish are viewed as a top contender and potentially a leader. Michigan State is a threat. Ohio State isn’t seriously involved.

Warren Ericson
6-4, 317
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Hiestand
Top Offers: Kentucky, Michigan State, Northwestern

Notre Dame is one of the latest offers to Ericson, a top 20 guard nationally. Michigan has been listed as a standout recently. Florida, Miami, Auburn and South Carolina are some of the others involved.

Ryan Hayes
6-7, 250
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Hiestand
Top Offers: Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern

UPDATE: It’s shaping up like a regional battle for Hayes with in-state programs Michigan and Michigan State also involved. Hayes will get another look at the Irish this weekend. Harry Hiestand has impressed early.

Cole Mabry
6-6, 270

Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Long
Committed on Feb. 14, 2017

Mabry came onto the radar through a previous relationship with offensive coordinator Chip Long when the latter was still at Memphis. Long recommended Mabry to Hiestand, who signed off on an offer. They accepted his commitment not long after hosting Mabry for Junior Day.

Nick Petit-Frere
6-6, 258
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Hiestand
Top Offers: Alabama, Florida, Ohio State

UPDATE: Petit-Frere is a top 50 prospect with offers from all corners of the country. Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma are just a few. Notre Dame gets Petit-Frere on campus this weekend for a visit.

Jamaree Salyer
6-4, 327
Offer: Yes Visit: Yes Recruiter:
Hiestand
Top Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State

There aren’t many guards in any given cycle that attain five-star status. Salyer is a unique prospect. Physical and athletic, Salyer is one of the best offensive linemen in the Class of 2018. He’s already visited Notre Dame and raves about Harry Hiestand.

Penei Sewell
6-5, 330
Offer: Yes Visit: No Recruiter:
Hiestand
Top Offers: Michigan, Oklahoma, USC

Getting Sewell out of the West will be no simple feat. But he’s worth the effort as one of the top offensive linemen there. USC recently offered and, of course, the in-state programs plus UCLA are heavily involved.

Notes: Harry Hiestand spent the week after National Signing Day organizing his top targets. Then a commitment came from an unexpected place. Cole Mabry popped onto the Irish radar at the recommendation of offensive coordinator Chip Long, who started recruiting him at Memphis. Hiestand signed off on an offer, Mabry visited for Junior Day then committed not long after. Mabry is the foundation from which Hiestand can keep building. Three top targets will be on campus this week in John Dirksen, Ryan Hayes and Nick Petit-Frere. Hayes and Dirksen are regional targets with Big Ten programs contending. Hiestand has reason to feel bullish on his chances with both. Hayes is particularly intriguing. He plays tight end at the prep level and will grow into an offensive tackle in college, hopefully while maintaining the athleticism that’s made him a three-sport standout at Traverse City (Mich.) West High. Petit-Frere is more of a national prospect. He’s rated top 50 overall by Scout and has the offer list to back it up. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Penn State and UCLA are just some of the selections. Petit-Frere plays his recruitment close to the vest and appears to be considering a wide range of possibilities, so he should come to Notre Dame with an open mind. Hiestand wants some tackles in this class and Petit-Frere is an elite one. Spring is a time where Hiestand tends to make serious inroads with his targets. Getting Hayes, Dirksen and Petit-Frere up to South Bend in one weekend for a look is a fantastic start.

Updated: 3/23/17

http://www.scout.com/college/notre-dame/story/1758596-master-list-defense


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