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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

BREAKING | Brandyn Hillman Won't Be Enrolling At Notre Dame

March 12, 2023

Notre Dame’s 2023 recruiting class will be a little smaller than anticipated.

After signing 24 prospects in December, the Irish are now set to have 23 of them on the roster come fall.

Brandyn Hillman‍‍ will not be a part of it.

Details on what caused the changed weren’t immediately available, but one source says it does not have to do with any character or legal issues.

The Virginia athlete became one of the hottest names in the country early in the fall, when he let it be known that he would entertain opportunities to play a position outside of quarterback.

Offers flooded in from schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oklahoma, USC and Miami among others.

But even before the Irish offered, it was clear Notre Dame was going to be a major player in his recruitment.

The Irish always labeled him as a pure athlete who they believed could help at defensive back, receiver or running back.

“Hillman was one of my five favorite prospects in this class for Notre Dame, so this isn’t an insignificant loss,” ISD’s Jamie Uyeyama stated. “My player comparison for him was Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and I believe he was going to play safety for the Irish. He’s a dynamic athlete.

“It was a great evaluation by the Notre Dame staff to recognize his talent and be one of his earliest offers as his stock rose during his senior season. They do have two very good young safeties in Adon Shuler and Benjamin Minich who are already on campus, though. Their development, after not taking a safety in the 2022 class, is going to be critical for the future of the defensive backfield.”

The 6-foot-1, 191-pounder did sign with Notre Dame on National Signing Day in December, but it’s believed that the Irish have let him out of his National Letter of Intent, freeing him up to land elsewhere.

Even with many schools now tight on scholarships and having turned their attention to other recruiting classes, there is little doubt there will be a market for Hillman.

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