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2023 Recruiting Prospects


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Yesterday, I watched film of Notre Dame defensive recruits even as the TV showed the NFL playoffs. The talent of the players  being pursued by Notre Dame is amazing. It’s purely subjective, but I picked a player for each level of the defense that I like best.

Nykoles Harbor, Washington D.C defensive end.  6-5/225.  I doubt Harbor has ever played a game where he wasn’t the best athlete on the field. He’s my #1 choice for the defensive line because I feel that as good as he is at rushing the passer, he has the speed and athleticism to be equally good at dropping into coverage. (To me, he seemed the fastest of the linemen I watched.)

Anthony Hill, Texas linebacker.  6-2/225.  Hill is a violent athlete blessed with speed and football acumen. Players fly backwards when he hits them. (I love seeing a player lying on the field, arms and legs akimbo. Hill hits them that hard.)

Malik Muhammad, Texas cornerback.  6/170. The highlight films show him at receiver and at cornerback. Either way, he is smooth, fast and football-savvy. He makes plays everywhere.

Caleb Downs, Georgia safety.  6-1/185.  WOW!  (To have Peyton Bowen, Aiden Schuyler and Caleb Downs all committed would be the best safety recruiting class ever!)

While all these players are talking to Notre Dame, I don’t know how high Notre Dame stands with any of them.

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23 hours ago, jbrown_9999 said:

Maybe we get both the dad as DC and his son as LB?  🙂

 

Sounds like OU is leading for Arnold. I was hopeful that ‘23 was going to be the year we get an elite QB but it’s not looking good now.

Unless Buchner balls out this year (which is possible), elite QBs aren’t going to look our way.

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23 hours ago, jbrown_9999 said:

Maybe we get both the dad as DC and his son as LB?  🙂

 

The dad would be primary 1A, son primary 1B.  This would be huge, but unlikely given he's interviewing for NFL HC positions.  The only contrary view might be if he gets passed over again.  Will he just bail and go coach his kid?????

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4 minutes ago, Pregame said:

Nah, they don’t. The crystal balls are 50/50 Ohio St and UGA and his leas recruiter at Ohio State was Al Washington. 
 

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I just looked at the picture of the recruits faces and they had Georgia cab’s underneath. I guess it was just one guys opinion. 

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It is going to be interesting to see how recruiting goes the next two years. Setting aside NIL and all that, this staff is swinging for the fences with recruits. The blend of finding the high level kids that can get into and stay at ND will be interesting. Hopefully enough was learned under Kelly that they know the balance. It needed to happen.

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19 minutes ago, Big23Head said:

It is going to be interesting to see how recruiting goes the next two years. Setting aside NIL and all that, this staff is swinging for the fences with recruits. The blend of finding the high level kids that can get into and stay at ND will be interesting. Hopefully enough was learned under Kelly that they know the balance. It needed to happen.

Any thoughts on where we go for a QB this cycle? I know it’s early but it seems most of the elite guys are looking elsewhere.

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22 minutes ago, SDIrishFan said:

Any thoughts on where we go for a QB this cycle? I know it’s early but it seems most of the elite guys are looking elsewhere.

ND is in it for Dante Moore (#8 overall, #3 QB), Jackson Arnold (#72 overall, #7 QB), and Christopher Vizzina (#85 overall, #8 QB). It's still very early, but right now...

I think ND has the best shot at Vizzina right now. Moore seems like a Michigan lean, but with Harbaugh potentially off to the NFL, that would be a game changer. In his interviews, he has talked a lot about who his coaches will be and the stability of the program. He has a good relationship with Rees. ND probably running second here. Arnold really likes ND, and ND already has a commitment from his teammate Peyton Bowen. He just visited Oklahoma and really liked it. Being from Texas, OU will be a major draw. I could see him picking ND, but I don't think it's as likely as Vizzina. I think Vizzina could be really good. Great size, solid arm strength, good mobility. He's solidly a Top 100 player, IMO. He is from Alabama, so one would think if he gets a Bama offer, then that would be all she wrote. He has an Auburn offer, but I think ND sits at the top right now. He has talked about how ND is very similar to his high school, and he likes a lot of what ND has to offer (academics, religious aspects, etc.). Again, I think he is the most likely of those three as it stands right now, but obviously a lot could change (Harbaugh leaves Michigan, Notre Dame's head coach actually recruits kids, etc.).

ND has offered Avery Johnson (#181 overall, #11 QB) from Kansas. He is super raw, but very athletic. It sounds like he does not have the green light to commit yet, as ND wants one of the big three above, but I think he would commit if he could. 

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