2020 Recruiting | What Now?

May 23, 2019
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OK, now what?

Notre Dame just landed its biggest fish thus far – and potentially for good – in the Class of 2020 with the commitment of elite Virginia running back Chris Tyree‍.

Tyree joins quarterback Drew Pyne‍, wide receiver Jordan Johnson‍ and tight ends Michael Mayer‍ and Kevin Bauman‍ to give the Irish a top group of offensive skill talent. Arizona’s Tosh Baker‍ gave Notre Dame its first offensive line pledge in the class, a big one at that, when he committed two weeks ago.

Tyree is the 11th member of the class, which also includes defensive linemen Rylie Mills‍, Jordan Botelho‍, Aidan Keanaaina‍, Alexander Ehrensberger‍ and long snapper Alex Peitsch‍.

So, what now?

Well, we’ll find out soon enough as another top target and Michigan defensive lineman Braiden McGregor‍ (pictured above) announces tomorrow. This looks like a Notre Dame-Michigan race and nobody seems to know for sure who is getting him even with decision day looming.

As is always the case the size of Notre Dame’s class will be in flux until the end, but as of now, the Irish are likely to bring in somewhere between 20 and 22 total prospects. With 11 on board already, that leaves room for up to 11 more.

Offensively, they’re done at tight end and quarterback.

They would love to pair Tyree with a bigger back with versatility and New York’s Cullen Coleman‍ certainly fits that bill. He’ll be back in South Bend on an official for the big June 21st recruiting weekend. If Notre Dame is able to land Coleman, which it seems to have a good chance of doing, it will be done at running back.

The focus on offense will turn to offensive line. Notre Dame could elect to add just one more lineman, but more likely two, allowing the Irish to be selective and focus in on their current board.

Reece Atteberry

The Irish could be close to landing Pennsylvania’s Michael Carmody‍. The younger brother of Irish basketball player Robby Carmody received his Notre Dame offer earlier this month and is seriously considering the Irish along with the Wolverines. He’s expected back on campus in a couple weeks, when his family helps his brother move back in. Colorado’s Reece Atteberry‍ is the other top target up front and he is also set to be back for the June 21st event.

Notre Dame is still looking for some wideouts to pair with Johnson. The Irish may have some decisions to make as to how many they want to add, which could be as many as three and possibly as few as one more. They’re in strong shape with guys like Michael Redding‍, Xavier Watts‍, Jalen McMillan‍ and, to some extent, AJ Henning. It’d be hard to turn any of those guys away.

As far as defense goes, if McGregor doesn’t choose the Irish, the focus will immediately shift to Mitchell Melton‍, who they’ll try to get to campus for the June 21st event. Hit or miss, there’s a chance Melton could be the last defensive lineman Notre Dame chases hard for some time.

Notre Dame is taking a patient approach to linebacker, where Cody Simon‍ seems like the best bet at the position to join the class at this point.

The Irish are being more aggressive in the secondary, where they could bring in three cornerbacks and a pair of safeties.

Clark Phillips‍, Lovie Jenkins‍ and Landen Bartleson‍ are probably the best bets at corner right now while the Irish are pushing hard for Lathan Ransom‍ and Jordan Morant‍ at safety.

It’s obvious Notre Dame is looking to expand the board in the secondary and has been watching other defensive backs closely during the evaluation period.

Michigan defensive back Cameron Martinez‍ added an offer from the Irish and could help out at both positions while New Jersey athlete Clarence Lewis‍ was offered as a cornerback earlier in the month. The most recent offers have gone out to New Jersey safety RJ Moten‍ and Maryland cornerback Jordan Addison‍.

Ideally, Notre Dame is able to add Coleman, Carmody and Atteberry to the group on offense soon along with Watts and McMillan at receiver down the road. Because of their versatility, Coleman and Watts would provide added value and flexibility to the class.

Defensively, the Irish would love to add McGregor or Melton and then turning the focus to adding more than a few in the secondary, where Phillips and Ransom would be great headliners at corner and safety respectively.  

Ideally.

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