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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bryon Cardwell's head coach talks about the 2021 California RB who landed an offer from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotreDame?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NotreDame</a> earlier this month.<br><br>"He has the size and the hands, he can do everything.”<a href="
">@ByronCardwell2</a> (FREE) <a href="https://t.co/1mbP3NWlO4">https://t.co/1mbP3NWlO4</a></p>— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) <a href="
">November 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

ND couldn't go wrong with landing either Edwards, Cardwell or Estime any one of them would be an awesome get imo.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Appreciate my man Joshua Vowles (<a href="
">@TheSubwayDomer</a> / <a href="
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Can anyone provide a cliff notes version of this?

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Can anyone provide a cliff notes version of this?

 

I listened to it - it was good, but not a whole lot of new information. But here is what I took from it:

 

1. Philip Riley decommitted because of negative recruiting. Loy wouldn't explicitly say what it was or who was negative recruiting, but reading between the lines, it seemed like USC coaches were in his ear and spreading misinformation about Notre Dame's culture - campus life, religious aspects, diversity, etc. But ND was able to keep the dialogue going, even after he decommitted, and got him to visit ND on his own dime when the football team was not on campus (think it was the Pitt game). The campus visit really changed things and he was all ND after that.

 

2. Josh Bryan apparently wanted to commit in August, but ND didn't offer him. They were not going to offer him, but that changed about a month ago. Once he got the offer, he wanted to commit immediately.

 

3. The Donovan Edwards' recruitment is trending favorably for ND, but Loy is not ready to say ND is leading or going to win this recruitment. Edwards wanted to commit to OSU back in the summer, but OSU already had 2 RBs, so they basically turned him away. Loy mentioned ND, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Georgia as the serious players. He thinks OU lands Camar Wheaton, so that eliminates them. He also thinks Edwards will stay closer to home, so Georgia is likely not going to land him. So, it will come down to ND/Michigan. ND was basically out due to going all in for Shipley, but things have slowly turned around. It sounds like conversations really picked up before the Clemson game, and the staff actually talked to him the day of the game and the next day. So, moving in a positive direction, but long way to go.

 

4. Caleb Johnson will flip to ND, barring something unexpected.

 

5. David Abiarra will not end up in the class.

 

6. Positive things happening with OU commit Kelvin Gilliam. It sounds like the ND staff thinks they are going to land him, but the OU staff feels good about keeping him. Loy says there is a "lot of smoke about an eventually flip to ND."

 

7. Loy said the staff only wanted 3 WRs in the class - it sounds like that is something Del wanted. But, he made it clear that ND was not going to land Thornton because of how much he loved Oregon. Loy did say that the ND staff has contacted Thornton and Clemson commit Beaux Collins, but says don't expect anything to come from that. He wouldn't even say if there is a dialogue - just that ND reached out.

 

8. Loy thinks ND could end up with 25 commits. He thinks it will end up being one of BK's best classes.

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Tneun89 - that is a great summary! I didn't think he was that positive on Caleb, only that the staff will be on a zoom call with him today that will likely be the last reachout. Either he flips or he doesn't.

 

I finally broke down and watched Edwards' highlights. Wow, that kid is electric. I can't believe how he is not a 5*, but regardless of the final ranking, he definitely 5* talent.

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Tneun89 - that is a great summary! I didn't think he was that positive on Caleb, only that the staff will be on a zoom call with him today that will likely be the last reachout. Either he flips or he doesn't.

 

I finally broke down and watched Edwards' highlights. Wow, that kid is electric. I can't believe how he is not a 5*, but regardless of the final ranking, he definitely 5* talent.

 

That’s definitely fair to say about Johnson. I was just putting his comments together with a recent run of crystal balls to ND, including from an Auburn beat writer and Steve Wilfong (National Recruiting Director for 247). So, just combining those two things, but you’re right in that he didn’t say he expected a flip on the podcast. FWIW, I think they recorded the podcast prior to all the crystal balls coming in, so things may have changed. I know he was having a zoom call tonight, so something could come down soon.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Irish?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Irish</a> offered a new 2021 CB prospect What are <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotreDame?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NotreDame</a>'s chances with in-state CB JoJo Johnson? (Premium) <a href="https://t.co/Nx1MpWgBas">https://t.co/Nx1MpWgBas</a> <a href="https://t.co/zuCTyhQDD1">pic.twitter.com/zuCTyhQDD1</a></p>— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) <a href="

">November 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Irish?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Irish</a> offered a new 2021 CB prospect What are <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotreDame?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NotreDame</a>'s chances with in-state CB JoJo Johnson? (Premium) <a href="https://t.co/Nx1MpWgBas">https://t.co/Nx1MpWgBas</a> <a href="https://t.co/zuCTyhQDD1">pic.twitter.com/zuCTyhQDD1</a></p>— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) <a href="
">November 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

https://www.si.com/college/notredame/recruiting/notre-dame-football-offers-2021-jojo-johnson

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Do we really need another CB? Especially, one that seems like an experiment but whose also really fast. I guess we’re taking 25+ somehow this year.

 

Barnes and Riley's best college positions might be safety. Walters might grow into a rover. They're getting versatile players. Also, maybe they don't think they will land Ceyair Wright

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I think there were some comments about Riley being a better fit at S because he likes to hit and he put on some weight, but I read somewhere else that he is a great lockdown type of corner and really good in bump and run. I bet this new offer is more because we are doubtful about Wright. Wright was supposed to set up a visit in Dec but maybe he was dragging his feet on doing so. Just a guess on my part. Agree about Walter's and Barnes maybe being better at S and Rover.

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Mickens wanted him at Cincinnati and things worked out to get him at ND now. Looks physically solid, has speed, played great this year. Let’s see what happens

 

I’m not sure Walters can get the weight up enough for Rover. It will interesting to watch.

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It will be interesting to see how many ND takes this cycle. I think it will be 25 at least. Star rankings this year will have an * because not all played and little to no camps. I’m intrigued to see how NDs coaches evaluations turn out for this year. The staffs evaluations have been very good to great in recent years. Mickens has a great track record. Lea excellent. Etc... The DL is my biggest question right now. If they land one more then that reduces, but ND should definitely trust Lea/Elston

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Sometimes it's not wise to read too much into Twitter, but Gilliam just posted this OU edit. OU is very confident, and ND's confidence really diminished over the last couple of days. No idea what happened - many insiders thought the flip to ND was almost a sure thing. Again, it's just Twitter, so take it for what it's worth. But not a positive sign for ND.

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Go run this up !!! ⭕❤️ <a href="https://t.co/Su7qLaRS9o">pic.twitter.com/Su7qLaRS9o</a></p>— “King” Kelvin Gilliam (@Kelvin_Gilliam2) <a href="

">November 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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Sometimes it's not wise to read too much into Twitter, but Gilliam just posted this OU edit. OU is very confident, and ND's confidence really diminished over the last couple of days. No idea what happened - many insiders thought the flip to ND was almost a sure thing. Again, it's just Twitter, so take it for what it's worth. But not a positive sign for ND.

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Go run this up !!! ⭕❤️ <a href="https://t.co/Su7qLaRS9o">pic.twitter.com/Su7qLaRS9o</a></p>— “King” Kelvin Gilliam �� (@Kelvin_Gilliam2) <a href="

">November 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

 

Oklahoma is playing a lot better now than earkier in the season

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Brief update. As of today ND is going for a full class which could include 2-4 more players.

 

Donovan Edwards: will sign early and EE, the answer will be known in ~3 weeks

Byron Cardwell: deciding on or around national signing day in Feb, ND may get a visit

Audric Estime: no offer yet but one could come, I would expect after Edwards decision is known

Kelvin Gilliam: I believe he will stay with OU

Devin Aupui: no offer yet but that may change soon, unclear how serious he would be right now

Ceyair Wright: deciding Jan 2nd, tentatively will visit ND next month

Titus Mokiao-Atimalala: seems torn about distance, lack of visits is bothering him and he is nowhere near deciding, ND probably fading though

 

If ND locks in and finishes in the ACC Championship game with a playoff bid then a few other names may show up.

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Brief update. As of today ND is going for a full class which could include 2-4 more players.

 

Donovan Edwards: will sign early and EE, the answer will be known in ~3 weeks

Byron Cardwell: deciding on or around national signing day in Feb, ND may get a visit

Audric Estime: no offer yet but one could come, I would expect after Edwards decision is known

Kelvin Gilliam: I believe he will stay with OU

Devin Aupui: no offer yet but that may change soon, unclear how serious he would be right now

Ceyair Wright: deciding Jan 2nd, tentatively will visit ND next month

Titus Mokiao-Atimalala: seems torn about distance, lack of visits is bothering him and he is nowhere near deciding, ND probably fading though

 

If ND locks in and finishes in the ACC Championship game with a playoff bid then a few other names may show up.

 

I have to admit, I was kinda expecting us to get Gilliam so thats a big disappointment.

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I have to admit, I was kinda expecting us to get Gilliam so thats a big disappointment.

 

Don't know how after the way the defense played vs NC, he would not want to be ND. He's an East Coast guy and the games in the ACC would bring him closer to home than any game Oklahoma would play

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I see Ceyair Wright scheduled a visit to ND. Not sure the date? Donovan Edwards has to be seriously considering us. Michigan is a mess and Harbaugh might be out. Full court press on him.

 

Recruiting got a little quiet after Clemson surge and Gilliam leaning back to Oklahoma.

 

Keep winning

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I see Ceyair Wright scheduled a visit to ND. Not sure the date? Donovan Edwards has to be seriously considering us. Michigan is a mess and Harbaugh might be out. Full court press on him.

 

Recruiting got a little quiet after Clemson surge and Gilliam leaning back to Oklahoma.

 

Keep winning

 

Wright is visiting this weekend for the Syracuse game, but can't interact with the staff since it's a dead period. Not sure if he can "run in" to the players or not. Hopefully some other recruits (Blake) make it up there as well. FWIW, many believe USC is the team to beat.

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Devin Aupiu (Aw-pew I think) likely next to commit. Love the size and length. Moves well and appears to have good instincts. Needs a year or two to develop but that's just fine. Skipping his Sr season to get to ND but might play in the Poly Bowl if it happens. I hope it does.

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Wright is visiting this weekend for the Syracuse game, but can't interact with the staff since it's a dead period. Not sure if he can "run in" to the players or not. Hopefully some other recruits (Blake) make it up there as well. FWIW, many believe USC is the team to beat.

 

I think there will be 4-5 visitors and no they can't "run in" to the team. Lots of Zoom calls and things of that nature.

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TMA eliminates ND

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you JESUS for blessings me with the family that I have. This is my reason why, this who I do it for. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! You and Mom are the reason why we are where we are today. Give me a little bit of more time. With that being said this one for you pops ... TOP 6 <a href="https://t.co/TkqD3DSie7">pic.twitter.com/TkqD3DSie7</a></p>— Titus Mokiao-Atimalala 💯 (@TITUS_ATIMALALA) <a href="

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little bit of a bummer, but I heard it was a position thing. Could be wrong.

 

That seems to be the case. ND was recruiting him as a safety, but he wants to play WR. It also sounds like him not being able to visit ND really hurt - ND was the perceived leader at one point. Probably ends up at USC.

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