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The Introduction: Irish A-to-Z

For a third straight off-season Irish Illustrated will run down Notre Dame’s scholarship roster, Adams to Young, detailing season projections, career comparisons and making you look at the talent here in a new way.

What career track did Equanimeous St. Brown jump on last season compared to past great Irish wide outs? What’s the best-case scenario for Nyles Morgan this fall? What’s the worst-case scenario for Alex Bars? Did the recruiting rankings industrial complex get it right with Drue Tranquill?

As Notre Dame football enters the real off-season, Irish Illustrated will take a third stab at putting the entire scholarship roster in context, this time including the incoming freshman class. This series has tried to apply some perspective to Brian Kelly’s talent by looking backward and forward to understand what Notre Dame has at its disposal for this must-win campaign.

So here’s what we’ll do, starting today with incoming freshman linebacker David Adams and wrapping up just before training camp with incoming freshman receiver Michael Young.

We’ll comb the modern archives for a historical comparison, going as far back as the Lou Holtz era.

We’ll revisit the four major recruiting rankings to figure out who got it right and who got it wrong.

We’ll forecast what a good season would mean and what kind of fall would leave you wanting more.

In the end, we hope you’ll have a deeper appreciation for Notre Dame’s scholarship roster as it enters training camp come August. You’ll probably enjoy a few modern comparisons to Ryan Grant (probably), Justin Tuck (you wish) and Everett Golson (good chance) along the way.

This week you’ll get:

May 8             David Adams            
May 9             Josh Adams   
May 10           Jafar Armstrong
May 11           Aaron Banks 
May 12           Josh Barajas  
May 13           Alex Bars       
May 14           Asmar Bilal Top Stories