Welcome back to the 2020 Football Recruiting Big Board! In case you missed it, make sure to check out Brendan’s comprehensive initial Big Board update. He mentioned that we’d start with defense on two week rotations. However, we’re going to go ahead with offense since there are currently more developments on that side of the ball. Let’s get started!
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Commits: Drew Pyne, 0.9329
Commits: Michael Mayer, .9499; Kevin Bauman, 0.9214
The RB Big Board has to start with none other than Chris Tyree. As mentioned in the previous update, Tyree visited Oklahoma in April, and initial reports were that Oklahoma took the lead in his recruitment. However, since then ND has gained tremendous momentum yet again, and the Irish feel better than ever about landing the 5-star RB. Lance Taylor and Chip Long have done a fantastic job up to this point, and they are closing in on a crown jewel after visiting him this week. Tyree is scheduled to officially visit on June 21st. Oklahoma and Alabama are the remaining competitors.
Although seemingly a long shot, 5-star Marshawn Lloyd recently mentioned that he hopes to check out Notre Dame. If Lance Taylor can get him on campus, that would be impressive on its own. Lance Taylor is continuing to build a relationship, so we will see what happens.
It has long been assumed that the Irish want two RB’s in this class. However, recent speculation is that the staff may be fine with just Tyree if they do end up landing him. The other best bets to join this class are Cullen Coleman, Tirek Murphy, or Kyle Edwards. Coleman is also scheduled to officially visit on June 21st.
Commits: Jordan Johnson, 0.9794
The 2020 WR Big Board right now is centered around four major names: Jalen McMillan, AJ Henning, Michael Redding, Xavier Watts. The ND staff would be ecstatic if they could land any two of these four, and they realistically could do so.
As a Notre Dame fan, it is safe to be weary of a Fresno kid who is also strongly looking at Oklahoma. With that being said, the coaching staff is feeling pretty good right now about their chances with McMillan. In fact, they even have a connection of their own! McMillan’s coach’s daughter attended ND and was a trainer for the football team. This recruitment isn’t close to over, but the Irish are in a strong spot for another near 5-star WR.
It is only May 2019, but it feels like AJ Henning’s recruitment has already lasted a lifetime. Since the beginning of the year, he has taken visits to Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Louisville, and Illinois again. But…. after all of that, ND is trending in the right direction again and leads in his recruitment. We’ll see what happens, but the coaching staff would love to have his commitment by the end of August.
Since the last update there is not much new information on Redding or Watts, but they remain high on ND’s priority list. Redding could potentially be visiting in June.
Commits: Tosh Baker, 0.9672
The most important news since the last update is the commitment of OT Tosh Baker. He fills a massively important position need and has as high of a ceiling as any tackle in the nation. It is another terrific pick-up from Jeff Quinn.
In other news, Jimmy Christ is no longer on the board as he committed to Virginia last week. Virginia was his first offer and his older brother Tommy is a defensive end on the team.
The newest addition to the board is Michael Carmody. If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the brother of freshman basketball player Robby Carmody. Notre Dame was a little later to offer Carmody than the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech, but they will be tough to beat due to his connections and familiarity with the university. He profiles as a tackle at the college level.
Peter Skoronski committed to Northwestern and is off the board.
Finally, the Irish will likely look for one interior lineman in this class, and the leading candidates are Zak Zinter and Reece Atteberry. Zinter will likely end up at Michigan, Ohio State, or Notre Dame. For Atteberry, Ohio State would be a main competitor if they pushed. Both plan to officially visit on the June 21st weekend.
#NotreDame has landed its No. 1 QB target, its No. 1 WR target, its top two TE targets …. and now it has landed its No. 1 OL target.
All that is left now is the No. 1 RB target.
— Bryan Driskell (@BGI_CoachD) May 8, 2019
Notre Dame couldn’t ask to be in a better spot with offensive recruiting. If the June recruiting weekend goes well, they could have their offensive board nearly wrapped up in the middle of summer, with truly elite players scattered throughout.
The Defensive Big Board will be here in two weeks, so stay tuned for more (hopefully) positive news soon!