Notre Dame Football recruitment is hot as hell right now

Today is the first day of summer and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are as hot on the recruit trail as the weather feels outside – it’s sweltering – so let’s break out the triple option real quick.

CRYSTAL BALL-O-METER

Instead of beating ourselves to death (again) over the possibility of CJ Carr being reclassified to Class 2023 and what that may or may not mean with Dante Moore, let’s take a quick look at real stuff with real people and gypsy science.

Here are the current 247 crystal balls in favor of Notre Dame:

4 Star TE Jack Larsen (2024)
4-Star WR Ronan Hanafin (2023)
4 Star WR Cam Williams (2024)
4 Star WR Rico Flores (2023)
4 Star LB Jaiden Ausberry (2023)
4 Star CB Christian Gray (2023)
4 Star CB Micah Bell (2023)
4 Star DE Jason Moore (2023)
4 Star WR Jaden Greathouse (2023)
4-star orienteering Charles Jagusah (2023)

If you take the eight listed recruits from 2023 and add them to Notre Dame’s class (currently the No. 1 class in the country), they get a 247 overall score of 297.49. That score would have placed the Irish in the top five for the past five years (2022-5, 2021-3, 2020-5, 2019-3, 2018-4). Add in the possibility of Carr in the 2023 class and it’s (obviously) even better.

For most of these recruits, it really feels like a question if and not ifand that’s what makes things so incredibly exciting right now if you’re a Notre Dame fan.

DECISION TIME

Four of the above predictions are set to make commitment announcements very soon. On Friday, Jack Larsen will make his announcement, and in July, the trio of Christian Gray, Micah Bell, and Rico Flores are ready to make the 4th of July a working holiday for people like me.

YOU WIN SOMETHING, YOU LOSE SOMETHING

It’s a lot of fun gaining engagement from recruits, but we still have to point out the casualties – especially big ones. 4-Star WR Carnell Tate committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes through the Irish and Tennessee Volunteers. While this shouldn’t surprise anyone coming after recruitment, Tate is still a player Notre Dame went ALL-in for, he hails from Chicago and the Irish received seven visits from him during his recruitment. That’s just a huge “L” and needs to be pointed out.

The nation’s top RB Reuben Owens had a Notre Dame offer … but was never a serious consideration for the Irishman. Lance Taylor, the former Notre Dame running back coach and current offensive coordinator for the Louisville Cardinals, was able to get an acceptance from Owens… and THAT is something really special.

BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE

Doubting Notre Dame’s ability to go to Columbus and beat the Buckeyes at the Horseshoe? Well then… maybe our very own Brendan McAlinden can help change your mind. Brendan was ALL IN on his prediction that the Irish would win the season opener and maybe more of us should join him.

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