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Notre Dame sophomore TE Alizé Jones was named to the Mackey Award watch list.

The Mackey Award goes to college football's premier tight end, and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jones showed that he could one day become just that as a freshman. Jones recorded only 13 catches for 190 receiving yards, but the four-star may now "be ready to star," as Bill Connelly wrote in his team preview for SB Nation. "He’s a guy we’ve got to try to find a role for," HC Brian Kelly said this spring. "He can’t be a guy who’s in a rotation as the third tight end on the field. That’s pretty clear."
Jul 21 - 7:10 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert believes that Notre Dame four-star 2017 verbal DT commit Darnell Ewell offers upside as a potential offensive lineman.

Haubert views him as a potential guard at the collegiate level, writing that "he can drive defenders off the ball in the run game with ability to come off with pad level, deliver a good initial pop, roll hips and gain physical leverage." Should the Irish instead utilize the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder on the defensive side of the ball, the analyst notes that he "can be a physical and stout run defender with ability to win with quickness and leverage and be tough to move." Notre Dame currently holds the No. 6 class for 2017, with nine ESPN 300 commitments in that lot.
Jul 16 - 6:39 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT Darnell Ewell.

Ewell believes Notre Dame will act as a springboard not only for his maturation as a football player, but also for his maturation as a person. "It means a lot to me to a productive member of society, especially as an African American male," he said. "I have a heavy burden to perform academically and athletically." The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder was considered, for a time, to be Ohio State's to lose. He stands as Rivals' No. 125 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 16 - 12:56 PM

Notre Dame earned a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 T Robert Hainsey.

"The coaches are great, I feel at home, they have great football there, and after football I’ll great opportunities for whatever I want to do," Hainsey told Rivals. He plans on being an early enrollee at Notre Dame next spring in the hopes that he can smooth over the transition from high school to college. The 6-foot-5, 276-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 64 overall prospect for 2017. Outlet recruiting analyst Adam Friedman notes that with Hainsey now in the fold, the Fighting Irish "are poised once again to have one of the best offensive line classes in this recruiting cycle." In addition to Hainsey, HC Brian Kelly has secured commitments from four-star OL Joshua Lugg and three-star OL Dillan Gibbons.
Source: Rivals
Jul 11 - 4:00 PM

Pro Football Focus ranked Note Dame redshirt sophomore G Quenton Nelson as the No. 94 overall player in college football.

Coming out of high school, Nelson was ranked No. 29 by Rivals, No. 46 by Scout and No. 74 by 247Sports. "The Notre Dame offensive line was strong across the board last season, and Nelson wasn’t out of place in his first college action," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "He was excellent in the running game, as he was strong at the point of attack and impressive as a puller. Nelson finished with a positive grade in pass protection as well, and his debut bodes well for the future of Notre Dame’s offensive line."
Jul 9 - 8:39 AM

Pro Football Focus ranked Note Dame redshirt sophomore G Quenton Nelson as the No. 94 overall player in college football.

Coming out of high school, Nelson was ranked No. 29 by Rivals, No. 46 by Scout and No. 74 by 247Sports. "The Notre Dame offensive line was strong across the board last season, and Nelson wasn’t out of place in his first college action," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "He was excellent in the running game, as he was strong at the point of attack and impressive as a puller. Nelson finished with a positive grade in pass protection as well, and his debut bodes well for the future of Notre Dame’s offensive line."
Jul 9 - 8:39 AM

Four-star 2017 ATH C.J. Holmes committed to Notre Dame.

While the likes of Ohio State and Texas A&M made multiple recruiting headlines last month, Notre Dame has relatively quiet on the commitment front of late. Holmes makes for a nice get. The 6-foot, 190-pounder noted that the Irish envision him taking on a variety of roles come 2017 and beyond. "I can be a threat out of the backfield and I could line up in the slot as a receiver," Holmes said. "They seemed pretty amped up about being able to put me in a lot of different situations to cause a lot of difficulties for the defense." Holmes is hoping to convince Cheshire Academy teammate (and four-star receiver in his own right) Tarik Black to join him at Notre Dame. "Ever since we were kids," he said, "it's been our dream to play on the same college team and finish out this journey together."
Source: Rivals.
Jul 8 - 12:55 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Mac Engel reports that Notre Dame reached out to TCU about potentially scheduling a future match-up.

According to Engel, Notre Dame is offering to host the Horned Frogs for a future contest. They tossed out an unknown date, which TCU had to decline due to a scheduling conflict. Nothing is imminent here, but don't be surprised if this is revisited in the near future.
Jul 7 - 2:51 PM

Notre Dame freshman OL Parker Boudreaux was admitted to the hospital with an unknown condition on Sunday.

Football spokesman Michael Bertsch told The Elkhart Truth that Boudreaux was in stable condition and resting on Sunday night. Because of student-privacy laws, no further information is available at this time as to the exact nature of his ailment. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder tweeted out from his hospital room, writing, "Thank y'all so much for all of the prayers. I really do appreciate it. Gotta stay in the hospital for at least 2-3 more days. Not feeling that well."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 4:12 PM

The Angels signed Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter Jr.

The Halos selected Hunter in this month's amateur draft with pick No. 696, in the 23rd round. His famous pops was on-hand to watch him sign the contract. This will not effect the 6-foot, 190-pounder's football life, as he is still expected to be a full-participant for the 2016 season. In 2015, he caught 28 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns. With Will Fuller now in the NFL and Corey Robinson retiring due to concussions, Hunter should see increased targets this coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 12:39 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Notre Dame four-star 2017 ATH Saiid Adebo offers "[a] terrific blend of speed, explosiveness and ball skills."

"While not overly big or fast, he can stretch it vertically and go up make the big grab on the 50-50 ball," Luginbill wrote, adding that "Adebo is a great defensive prospect as well, showing versatile skill-set in the secondary" According to the analyst, Notre Dame is recruiting him for the defensive side of the ball. Luginbill is not, however, convinced that Adebo's true position is clear at this point, writing, "We still feel his eventual position and side of the ball might be decided in time as he possesses a lot of physical upside."
Jun 21 - 2:18 PM

Four-star 2017 ATH Saiid Adebo committed to Notre Dame.

Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas were among those Notre Dame beat out for Adebo's commitment. Scout.com's Greg Powers notes that the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder would be a "plus level recruit" on either side of the ball. Defensively, Adebo "has the knack for being able to hang with receivers and get a hand in to break up passes," according to Powers, while offensively, he is "very smooth and has a second gear that allows him to run by defenders in the open field or when racing down a deep ball." Adebo ranks as Scout.com's No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jun 21 - 12:51 PM

Four-star 2018 RB Markese Stepp committed to Notre Dame.

"[HC Brian Kelly] has an office inside the locker room, and that’s where I [committed] and my family was there too," Stepp said. "He was really excited. I don't even think I got the entire word 'commit' out before coach Kelly jumped out of his seat so freakin’ fast." The 6-foot, 205-pounder was on campus this weekend -- his fifth visit, already, to the Irish. Kelly is reeling in a prospect who (to put it mildly) does not lack for confidence. When asked by Scout.com to describe his game, he said, "a mix of Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell." Stepp is Notre Dame's second commitment from the 2018 class. They nailed down a big one in five-star QB Phil Jurkovec in mid-May.
Jun 20 - 1:11 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that Notre Dame five-star 2018 QB Phil Jurkovec struggled with his progressions during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Farrell observed that Jurkovec "stared down way too many targets and was a bit slow in his release even when he stuck on his first read." It is probably fair to remember that while the majority of performers at the Rivals event are heading into their senior seasons, Jurkovec is a year younger and just isn't as far along in his development. Any struggles last weekend likely aren't signs of a developmental hitch -- more signs that the 6-foot-5, 190-pounder still has work left to do. 247Sports' composite ranks him as the No. 1 dual-threat gunslinger for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 18 - 8:28 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that four-star 2017 ATH C.J. Holmes "has an Ezekiel Elliot feel to his game."

Luginbill sees the similarities in the way that the 6-foot, 190-pound Holmes blends power with explosivity, writing that he is "more physical than you think but also capable of making big plays." One potential hiccup to Holmes becoming Zeke 2.0 -- he might not even play running back in college. Scout.com's Brian Dohn notes that not only has he shown off impressive skill as a runner out of the backfield, he can also play wide receiver, safety and linebacker. He ranks as Scout's No. 203 player for the 2017 cycle.
Jun 17 - 3:02 PM


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