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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Notre Dame Recruiting | The Week That Was | 2.20

February 20, 2023
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Notre Dame entered the race for Tyanthony Smith‍ last week as the Irish extended an offer to the 2024 Texas linebacker on Wednesday.

The Jasper High School star already had offers from schools like Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama and USC and several others, so it won’t be an easy pull.

That being said, Smith seems to understand the weight of the Irish offer and has paid attention to Notre Dame over the years.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder hoping to get a visit to South Bend locked in, but in the meantime, he’s going to try to build relationships with the Irish coaches over the phone. He already has trips to Alabama and USC set for next month, so he’s at least somewhat interested in leaving the state.

In addition to football, he’s looking for a program he believes he’d fit in with along with academics and clearly understands the value in looking beyond his athletic career.

He doesn’t seem to be in a rush to end the recruiting process. Although he’d like to have it done sometime near the start of his senior season, he also has plenty of visits he’d like to take between now and the time he makes that choice, so he won’t force it if he’s not ready.

STARTING TO GET AFTER ST. FRANCES: As we mentioned in last week’s Intel, the Irish are clearly ramping up their efforts to recruit St. Frances Academy in Baltimore.

St. Frances is a well-known program nationally. HBO even had a four-part documentary about the school’s football program a few years ago, when Biff Poggi was head coach.

The Irish offered a trio of St. Frances prospects last Tuesday – 2024 cornerback Ify Obidegwu‍, 2025 linebacker Carlton Smith‍ and 2026 defensive lineman James Carrington‍. Each is considered to be a true national target and we’re told there are other players within the program who could end up landing Irish offers of their own one day.

Multiple sources within the school spoke to ISD about the difference in the way Notre Dame is recruiting the program now that Marcus Freeman is in charge versus when Brian Kelly was the head coach.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see St. Frances send a group of prospects out to South Bend for an unofficial visit this offseason.

Even if the results aren’t immediate, St. Frances is the type of program that has multiple top prospects every cycle.

IRISH TARGET TEAMMATE OF TARGETS: Notre Dame certainly likes what it sees from the Carrollwood Day program down in Tampa, Fla.

The Irish have been recruiting 2024 running back Anthony Carrie‍ and 2024 receiver Bredell Richardson‍ from the school for months. Last Tuesday, Notre Dame offered their teammate, 2024 defensive end Solomon Williams‍.

Williams is another elite prospect who also counts Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, LSU, Texas A&M and USC among his other offers.

2025 SAFETY SETS VISIT: When we caught up with Remington Moss‍ in San Antonio for the National Combine last month, the 2025 Virginia safety had yet to hear much from the Irish.

That’s obviously changed as last week, the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic standout announced he would be in South Bend for an unofficial visit on April 1st.

Moss already has Power-5 offers from schools like Virginia Tech, Maryland, Duke, Pitt, Ole Miss and Wisconsin.

Even before hearing seriously from the Irish, Notre Dame was a school that had his interest.

“I know they've got some dogs,” he told us of the Irish. “I would just want to see the campus, see the facilities, just see how it feels in general being out there.”

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