On Wednesday afternoon wide receiver Braden Lenzy announced via Twitter that he had flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to Oregon, posting that the opportunity to run track in Eugene helped trigger the change.
That leaves the Irish board at receiver facing some significant hurdles.
Notre Dame signed just two at the position last cycle in Jafar Armstrong and Michael Young. And now the Irish have just one commitment at the spot this cycle in Micah Jones, a three-star red zone threat from Gurnee, Ill.
With the Irish in need of two or three wide outs in his haul and at least a couple deep threats, what’s the next move? Irish Illustrated broke down the receiver board, which added some new names this week.
Austin is the closest “sure thing’” on the board, regardless of position.
Considering the Irish just lost their big-play receiver commitment, replacing Lenzy’s spot this Opening Finalist would soften the blow in a big way.
Although Austin may not have Lenzy’s sub-4.4 speed, he’s taller, stronger, and combines for an equally as attractive prospect.
Considering Notre Dame possesses a clear W receiver in 6-foot-5 Micah Jones, filling the X receiver position with an athlete like Austin would be very ideal for the Irish.
Quite possibly the most talented prospect on Notre Dame’s board, St. Brown remains a top priority.
Irish Illustrated caught up with St. Brown on Wednesday. The five-star receiver mentioned that he plans to take official visits to Notre Dame and Stanford during the fall.
Due to finances, St. Brown said he will only be able to make in-state visits this summer. Stanford, USC and UCLA are the schools he may hit.
Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA and USC are the schools consistently pushing hard for St. Brown. He said there are no leaders or any type of top group.
Will Oregon land both top Oregon receivers in Cota and Lenzy?
Unfortunately for the Irish, it looks like they will.
One of Notre Dame’s strongest spokesmen in its recruitment of Cota was Lenzy.
Cota is looking more and more like a long shot for the Irish.
Jackson’s first offer came from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.
Jackson caught 69 balls for 1,607 yards and 21 touchdowns from one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Grant Gunnell.
Jackson planned to attend Irish Invasion with Gunnell but after the popular gunslinger committed to Texas A&M, those plans were cancelled.
Irish Illustrated recently spoke with Jackson, who mentioned he definitely plans to visit Notre Dame this summer. The four-star prospect hopes to play baseball in college as well and spoke fondly of Torii Hunter Jr. and how his career went in South Bend.
The Irish are a player in this one.
Babb is without a doubt one of the top receivers in the country and Notre Dame has been recruiting him heavily. But so has everybody else, including perceived leader Ohio State.
Babb has visited Notre Dame and wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander dropped by his school during the evaluation period.
Notre Dame’s effort has been high. Unless Babb takes another visit to South Bend, this one appears to be a long shot.
Keys is recognized as one of the most explosive playmakers in the South.
Most programs are recruiting Keys for the slot, including Notre Dame. The four-star released a top-13 of Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Colorado State, Houston, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU, and UTSA.
Announcing such a large top group tells us that Keys is far from coming to a decision, which is good news for the Irish as Keys won’t visit South Bend until the fall.
Keys has consistently told Irish Illustrated that he’s very interested in Notre Dame and that he plans to visit.
Considering Keys goes to a public school in New Orleans, many like the odds that Keys will end up at LSU.
Both DelVaughn Alexander and Chip Long checked in on Keys during the spring evaluation period. They would love to add his speed and knack for making big plays to their roster.
Less than two hours after Lenzy’s flip announcement, Kobe Smith announced he’d been offered by Notre Dame.
A quick look through Scout’s database told us Smith was among the top-10 offensive performers at The Opening Regional in Oakland, per Scout’s West Recruiting Team.
“Smith is another player who's shined all spring long since turning his focus to football, and he was good all day on Sunday,” Scout’s West Recruiting Team said.
Smith holds offers from Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington State, and San Jose State.
The Irish will likely push to get Smith on campus this summer.
Following Lenzy’s de-commitment, Notre Dame pulled the trigger on this three-star from Etiwanda, Calif.
In the past, Porter had mentioned to Irish Illustrated that he would only visit Notre Dame if they were to offer.
Now that an offer is on the table, Porter told Irish Illustrated that he will visit in July.
Porter holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, UCLA, Utah, and Washington State.
The three-star California product told Irish Illustrated that he really enjoys speaking with Irish coaches Brian Polian and DelVaughn Alexander and loves what Notre Dame has to offer.
Porter holds a 3.4 GPA and appears to be a fit at Notre Dame.
The Irish should be a player.