ESPN re-ranks Way-Too-Early-Top-25 after massive transfer

Did the Irish move up? Move down? Or stay the same?

The biggest player news today was now former Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison making his transfer complete. Last years Biletnikoff winner, the nations best wide receiver, is headed out West and will enroll at USC. First-year head coach Lincoln Riley has transformed the Trojan roster, using the portal, also getting his former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams. With the decision by Addison, Mark Schlabach of ESPN felt the need to update the Way-Too-Early-Top-25 (insider). Find out where Notre Dame landed in the re-rank along with the rest of the Top-10. (Previous ranking in parenthesis).

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Top Illinois offensive lineman includes Notre Dame in official visit schedule

Come east young man

The Irish are looking for more than just one other offensive lineman to join current 2023 commits Sullivan Absher and Sam Pendleton. Fresh off the news that Notre Dame is a legit candidate for Massachusetts five-star tackle Samson Okunlola, there is another development along the lines.

In a report from 247Sports Steve Wiltfong, Illinois offensive tackle Charles Jagusah has set four of his five official visit dates. Along with a trip to South Bend, the six-foot-six-inch and 310-pound tackle will visit Missouri, Arkansas and Michigan with a fifth still up in the air.

It wasn’t just finding out about the visit that was good news for Marcus Freeman, also the breakdown from Jagusah on why he’s still considering the Irish. “Notre Dame is close. Also a great team with a great tradition. Top-notch offensive line coach and he’s developed a very close relationship with Harry (Hiestand),” is what his mother, Sheila Doak, told Wiltfong.

At the current moment, the Irish are Jagusah’s last scheduled visit, but with one remaining that could change.

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247Sports: Notre Dame in the mix for nations top 2023 offensive tackle

If Freeman and Hiestand pull this one off…. WOW

For many years the Irish held the mantle of [autotag]O-Line U[/autotag] and although recently there has been a slight lull in production, they could very well be taking back the title. On the current roster, three offensive linemen, tackles [autotag]Blake Fisher[/autotag] and [autotag]Joe Alt[/autotag] along with center [autotag]Jarrett Patterson[/autotag] will be drafted high when they declare to the NFL.

Of the 2022 recruiting class, [autotag]Billy Schrauth[/autotag], [autotag]Joey Tanona[/autotag], [autotag]Ty Chan[/autotag] and [autotag]Aamil Wagner[/autotag] were some of the most highly thought of signees, each of them will start their careers on the o-line as well. The 2023 class already has commitments from [autotag]Sullivan Absher[/autotag] and [autotag]Sam Pendleton[/autotag], but [autotag]Marcus Freeman[/autotag] is still looking for the headliner of the offensive line.

Enter Massachusetts’ [autotag]Samson Okunlola[/autotag], a six-foot-six-inch and 295-pound future star. He’s viewed as a five-star prospect and 247Sports Brian Dohn believes that the Irish are one of the few teams that realistically have a shot at landing Okunlola’s eventual signature.

It won’t be easy for returning offensive line coach [autotag]Harry Hiestand[/autotag], as Penn State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Oregon, Florida, and Pittsburgh were also mentioned as potential destinations for Okunlola as well.

Dohn, however gives the Irish a fighting chance, due to “the academics, the idea of what the degree means on a national level after graduation and playing at a prestigious school are all things that could resonate” with the mammoth tackle. What isn’t in the Irish’s favor however was that Okunlola has very to visit South Bend and didn’t stop by during his spring visit to the Midwest.

As Dohn mentions that Okunlola will take visits later in the year and most likely very few will be during the season due to his high school playing all their games on Saturday’s. Either way, Freeman and Hiestand are in for quite a battle for the tackles eventual signature, but one where they currently are seen as having a legit shot at.

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Oklahoma athlete sets Notre Dame official visit date

Yet another talented prospect is expected to visit South Bend

First-year head coach [autotag]Marcus Freeman[/autotag] has done a phenomenal job in his first full recruiting cycle. Just this month the Irish have added defensive end [autotag]Devan Houstan[/autotag] and offensive tackle [autotag]Sullivan Absher[/autotag] in the 2023 class and defensive end [autotag]Owen Wafle[/autotag] in the 2024 cycle.

Multiple big time commitments has led the 2023 class to be viewed as one of the best in the country to this point. Freeman is not taking his foot off the recruiting gas pedal as yet another big time player has their eyes on Notre Dame. Just today, Oklahoma athlete [autotag]Micah Tease[/autotag] announced that he will be visiting South Bend next month, from the 9th through the 12th of June.

At five-foot-eleven-inches, Tease is viewed as a running back first, but could end up as a slot receiver as well. [autotag]Marcus Freeman[/autotag] is stepping up the offensive recruiting and it shows. Although it seems like Oklahoma is Tease’s leader, the Irish getting an official visit could go a long way.

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ESPN previews Independents: Notre Dame poised for success

The Irish once again will be at the head of the Independent pack

In a world of conferences, the Irish have avoided joining one sans the 2021 COVID-19 season where they were forced to join forces with the ACC. Gone forever is the argument that if [autotag]Notre Dame[/autotag] was in a conference they wouldn’t do well, the Irish did win the regular season ACC title before falling to Clemson in the [autotag]ACC Championship Game[/autotag].

The Irish returned to be king of the Independents last year and although the annual goal of making the [autotag]College Football Playoff [/autotag] fell short, a New Years Six Fiesta Bowl was the consolation prize. As ESPN looked ahead to the 2022 season, their preview of the Irish (insider), along with the rest of the Independents, showed the strength of the first regular season for a [autotag]Marcus Freeman[/autotag] led team.

Although projected to win 8.9 games, Bill Connelly of ESPN is still high on the Irish. It hinges on the quarterback “but if either (Tyler) Buchner or (Drew) Pyne thrives behind center, the rest of the roster is loaded with experience.” Connelly believes that Freeman could “hit the ground running” but what does that mean?

Is another trip to the CFP in store or will the Irish be back in a big time bowl game that doesn’t have Playoff implications? Regardless, it seems that Connelly is high on what Notre Dame can do this coming fall.

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Notre Dame continues to face Big Ten foes, heads to Northwestern tonight

The Irish close out their non-conference regular season in Evanston

The Irish have faced off against multiple Big Ten teams this spring, which has included games against Michigan State (three times), Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. The Irish’s next B1G opponent, Northwestern, were supposed to square-off in March in South Bend but a myriad of issues prevented that game from happening.

This game will have a different location, Evanston, Illinois, as the #8 Irish enter the contest with a 31-11 record, their opponent Wildcats are a few games under .500 at 22-25.

If the stats go right, the Irish should get yet another road victory. Under head coach [autotag]Link Jarrett[/autotag], Notre Dame has a .711 (32-13) winning percentage on the road. Their pitching staff as a whole has been phenomenal all season, ranked currently at the 14th best ERA in the country, allowing just 3.76 runs per game.

This is the start of the last road trip for the Irish, as they will finish the regular season in Coral Gables, Florida as they are set to square off in their last ACC series. At the current moment, Jarrett’s team hold a slim .5 game lead over Louisville for the Atlantic division lead.

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Report: Notre Dame in great position to land 5-Star quarterback Moore

Great news

A key piece to the 2023 recruiting puzzle is going to be at quarterback, and the Irish have their eyes on one of the best prospects in the country in Michigan’s [autotag]Dante Moore[/autotag]. [autotag]Marcus Freeman[/autotag] has pulled out all the stops for the highly regarded prospect and it seems like it has been working.

According to a report from 247Sports Tom Loy, the Irish are “going to be tough to beat, which has been the case for a while.” This is fantastic news as the six-foot-two-inch and 195-pound star. Not only does it currently look like the Irish would beat out Michigan for Moore commitment, but also LSU and former Irish head coach [autotag]Brian Kelly[/autotag].

Loy does finish off the report by saying that Moore does plan on returning to South Bend but a date is not set currently. Another visit could be the finishing touches to Moore recruitment and a potential Irish verbal before he leaves to head back home.

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Notre Dame makes final three for California star receiver with decision looming

Who will he choose in early July

The good news for Notre Dame recruiting is flowing, this time however it’s on the offensive side of the ball. Of the twelve current commitments, head coach [autotag]Marcus Freeman’s[/autotag] efforts have been heavy on defense and that could be changing soon.

Just today, California four-star receiver [autotag]Rico Flores[/autotag] announced his final three schools and his commitment date. Flores will choose from Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame in a little less than two months, on July 3rd. One of these lucky schools could be celebrating with fireworks the next day, and for Freeman, the hope is that it will be the Irish.

Flores trimmed his list from five to three, as he eliminated UCLA and Texas with his final cut. The Irish will also have the last visit before Flores makes his choice, as he will be in South Bend starting June 10th, while he has already visited Ohio State and Georgia previously.

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ESPN believes that Notre Dame has a shot with one of nations best ‘23 recruits

The Irish need to knock this official out of the park

The Irish have yet to slow down with their 2023 recruiting, according to ESPN they currently have the most ESPN 300 commits along with Georgia, Ohio State and Louisville. The group of twelve commits ranks first in their team rankings, meaning it’s not just quantity for the Irish, that quality is there as well.

Marcus Freeman has done a fantastic job in his first full recruiting cycle, one that could set the standard for his tenure in South Bend. Of the twelve there are currently two safeties committed, Texas’ [autotag]Peyton Bowen[/autotag] paired with New Jersey’s [autotag]Adon Shuler[/autotag], and according to ESPN (insider), the Irish could be getting another impressive prospect to join them, Georgia’s [autotag]Caleb Downs[/autotag].

In an breakdown of the top remaining uncommitted prospects at each position, Tom VanHaaren postulates that Downs four schools that he has planned visits to, “it’s possible his decision will come from one of those four.” Along with a visit to South Bend, Downs has scheduled trips to Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State.

The Irish have done very well recently recruiting the Peach State and if they could land Downs, that would be another massive recruiting win in SEC country and one that [autotag]Marcus Freeman[/autotag] could use in the future.

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Notre Dame’s most recent commit already putting on recruiting hat

He’s looking for the “missing piece”

At first glance with four defensive line commits, it would leave you to believe that the Irish are finished recruiting the position in the current cycle. That might not be the case, as newest Notre Dame 2023 commit Devan Houstan is actively recruiting another east coast player to join him, Brenan Vernon, Keon Keeley, and Boubacar Traore.

The apple of Houstan’s eye is DeMatha Catholic lineman Jason Moore. The six-foot-six-inch and 255-pound Maryland native boasts an impressive offer list which includes Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, USC, Oklahoma and others. Moore clearly one of the best players at his position in the country and the Irish would love to add him to the current committed class.

Houstan calls Moore “the missing piece” to what would be an absolute monster haul along the line. The age old adage that games are won in the trenches still applies and adding Moore would give Marcus Freeman another weapon to rush quarterbacks.

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