Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Updated 2020 ISD Fab 50 after The Opening

July 8, 2019
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The Opening Finals has always been a great opportunity for the best prospects to compete against each other. With that, my evaluation of prospects changes after seeing them compete in person against other great players.

After this year’s camp, I ended up improving my grade on about a dozen prospects. Most of them were not Fab 50 prospects for me, though. I only added two new names to the 2020 ISD Fab 50 after The Opening in Dallas. One of them is committed to Clemson and the other is committed to Notre Dame.

I moved a few prospects up in my rankings as well, one of whom was a Notre Dame target before committing to Georgia. Another has long been committed to Ohio State. The other one is uncommitted and one of the top prospects left on the board.

This is the last update for the Fab 50 before the class of 2020 begins their senior season and there are likely to be bigger changes then. Heading into the fall there are four Notre Dame commitments in my top-50. Everyone who read our coverage alreadys knows that that player was dominant at The Opening.

The updated ISD Fab 50

- There should be no surprise that Michael Mayer‍ was bumped up. I previously had him as a top-100 prospect and now he’s moved up to 45th with his grade improving from 93 to 95.

I still have him as the third ranked tight end in this class because I saw no reason to move Arik Gilbert‍ (6th) or Darnell Washington‍ (34th) down the list. Both remain outstanding prospects. But who knows what will happen after his senior season.

Mayer could certainly end up moving up again if he blocks as well as he catches this fall.

- Mayer joins Chris Tyree‍ (31st), Jordan Botelho‍ (39th), and Jordan Johnson‍ (47th) as Notre Dame commits on this list.

- Clemson’s defensive line is already scary good and is going to be frightening in a few years with Tre Williams‍ (42) joining Bryan Bresee‍ (1), Myles Murphy‍ (17), and DeMonte Capehart‍ (23). I thought Williams was the best interior rusher at the camp and his explosiveness off the ball was even better in person than on film.

Four defensive linemen in the top-50! They have eight total commitments on the list.

- I moved up Jalen Kimber‍ from the 40s to my 14th best prospect in the country. He’s one of the most advanced corners I have watched with his footwork and he proved he’s an elite athlete. Georgia is getting a good one out of Texas.

- I wasn’t sure what to expect from uncommitted linebacker Noah Sewell‍. He blew me away with his agility and short area quickness for such a big man (260+). He’s not new school with his size as an inside linebacker, but he has new school athletic traits to go with that big body.

- Ohio State commit Gee Scott‍ moved up slightly for me up to 35 overall and he’s now a top-5 receiver for me. I thought more receivers were going to stand out for me at the camp. Scott was one of the few who did.

The combination of him and Julian Fleming‍ at Ohio State is going to be a nightmare for Big Ten defensive coordinators.

- Running back Seth McGowan‍ is someone who moved up for me who didn’t make the Fab 50, but could still rise up later on. He’s going to Oklahoma.

Wide receiver Demond Demas‍ got people buzzing with back flips. There’s no doubt he is a freak athlete and he is capable of the spectacular on the football field. He’s still not a top-50 player for me, though. His hands are too inconsistent as is his effort as a route runner.

With a strong senior season I could see edge rusher BJ Ojulari‍ moving way up. He was more of a top-250 guy for me and now I have him in my top-100. His day two of one on ones was one of the best days I have ever seen from a pass rusher at this event over the last six years.

 
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