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ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Notre Dame junior S Alohi Gilman as one of the transfers to watch in 2018.

Gilman transferred from Navy to Notre Dame in June, and was denied a chance for eligibility to play in 2017. He reportedly looked excellent in spring practices, and has a great chance of starting for the Fighting Irish in 2018. After making 76 tackles and breaking up five passes as a true freshman back in 2016, Notre Dame should be thrilled if Gilman gives them similar production this fall.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 11:46 AM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah.

Osafo-Mensah's reported finalists were Notre Dame and Texas, but he also had interest from schools like Alabama, Florida, LSU and Michigan. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound edge-rusher is a major get for Brian Kelly and staff, as he ranks 69th in 247 Sports list of the top players in the country. Reports indicate he'll have to improve his reaction times, but that he doesn't have a significant weakness, and he's quick to disengage from blockers.
May 20 - 11:21 AM

Auburn redshirt senior FB Keenan Sweeney transferred to Notre Dame as a graduate,

Sweeney (6'0/237) walked on at Auburn in 2014 and was eventually awarded a scholarship with the program in August camp two years back. During the most recent campaign, he appeared in six games. Moving on as a graduate, Sweeney will be eligible to play immediately with Notre Dame during the upcoming campaign. Both his grandfather and father played their college ball in South Bend.
May 16 - 4:46 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg passes along that transferring Notre Dame redshirt senior CB Nick Watkins is taking an official visit to West Virginia this week.

Watkins (6'1/180) will be checking out Morgantown, but that's just the start of what's going to be a whirlwind May for the transferring Notre Dame corner. Once he graduates in South Bend this month, he's planning on taking unofficial visits to TCU, SMU and Houston. Per Rittenberg, Watkins is aiming to make a final decision on his new program by the time the calendar flips over to June. This past season, the redshirt senior logged 21 tackles and an interception. All told, he appeared in 35 contests during his time at Notre Dame. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately during the coming season once he's settled on his final destination.
May 16 - 11:11 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Ian Book completed 17-of-30 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown in the team's spring game.

We'll call the quarterbacks competition for the spring a draw, more or less. Book and incumbent starter Brandon Wimbush turned in almost identical spring-game stat lines, with the latter signal-caller hitting on 19-of-33 passes for 341 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The yardage total by Wimbush was impressive, but we've seen his passing work on an extensive basis over the last year and it's considerably less shiny than those exhibition numbers. This is a competition that won't be settled until August camp, but Book is our preferred quarterback for the Irish. We believe he'll offer the team a steadier hand, even if he doesn't house nearly the rushing upside that Wimbush does.
Source: CBS Sports
May 15 - 1:26 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg passes along that Notre Dame redshirt sophomore T Liam Eichenberg secured the starting left tackle spot over the spring.

Eichenberg (6'6/285) is going to be a key cog for the Fighting Irish this year, as he's replacing the NFL-bound Mike McGlinchey. We've been anticipating this transition for some time. So far, so good. Said Irish OC Chip Long earlier this spring, "He's finally just turning it loose and playing hard all the time." Eichenberg ranked as ESPN's No. 67 overall prospect in the 2016 class.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 12:27 PM

Eagles signed Notre Dame RB Josh Adams.

Adams (6’2/213) logged a 480/3,201/20 career rushing line in three years for the Irish, averaging 6.67 yards per carry with 41 receptions. As a 2017 junior, PFF College charted Adams with a nation-best 5.20 yards after contact per rushing attempt, albeit with help from arguably the nation’s best offensive line. Adams shined at Notre Dame’s Pro Day, blazing 4.51 with the top three-cone time (6.78) in this year’s running back class. An upright tackle breaker with just enough burst and foot quickness, Adams also offers more versatility than most backs of his build. Stylistically, Adams is similar to Latavius Murray.
May 2 - 5:28 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell singled out Notre Dame four-star 2020 verbal QB commit Drew Pyne as a standout performer at the Rivals 3 Stripe camp in New Jersey.

Pyne (6'0/172) was "accurate, showed great mechanics and seemed to be in tune with his receivers all day," Farrell notes. His major concern comes in the quarterback's size -- he's not at the point in his development where he'd be able to take a pounding at the collegiate level quite yet. There's still time to get there, though, as he has another two years left at New Canaan High (Connecticut) before it's time for the pro-style signal-caller to take off for Notre Dame.
Source: Rivals
May 2 - 3:59 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 T Quinn Carroll.

Carroll (6'6/280) was also considering Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin -- they all made his final cut back in March -- but it's the Irish who ultimately come away victorious. His game is very much a physical one at this point in time, but the technical aspects figure to come along as he continues his development. Rivals ranks Carroll as the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
May 2 - 12:48 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 QB Drew Pyne.

Pyne hailes from New Canaan HS in Connecticut, and the 6-foot, 172-pound signal-caller ranks as the seventh-best quarterback in the 2020 class. He was considering a wide variety of prospects before verbally pledging to the Fighting Irish, including Alabama, Texas, USC and LSU.
Source: 247 Sports
May 1 - 1:09 PM

Tom VanHaaren of ESPN lists Notre Dame freshman DB Houston Griffith as a freshman who has a chance to play early after enrolling early in 2018.

Griffith (6'0/185) was a big get for the Notre Dame class, as he flipped from Florida State to the Fighting Irish after Jimbo Fisher left FSU for Texas A&M. VanHaaren reports that Griffith has already started to receive first-team reps at safety, and he should continue to get better as the year progresses. "He has lived up to what the coaching staff was hoping it was getting in the No. 87-ranked prospect," writes VanHaaren, "and he has an excellent chance of getting on the field very early."
Source: ESPN
May 1 - 12:50 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the San Francisco 49ers a "B-" grade for their work in the draft.

The 49ers started the draft by selecting Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick. Kadar says this selection " may have seemed early" but if the "49ers didn’t take him, the Raiders would have at No. 10." McGlinchey will likely be Joe Staley's successor as he turns 34 in August. Kadar wasn't a huge fan of selecting Kentavius Street in the fourth round as he is coming off a torn ACL at his pro day but admits "had he been healthy, some thought he might go in the second round." The 49ers reached on WR Dante Pettis in the second round but he will likely receive playing time early in his career as the 49ers No. 3 receiver.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 30 - 12:08 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Indianapolis Colts a "B" grade for their work in the draft.

Kadar is extremely bullish on Nelson's potential and said the Colts selecting him could have been the "single best pick of the entire draft." He said the Colts selection of South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard was "a little early" but that "he’s a perfect system fit" in their defense. He didn't like the value they got on edge-rushers Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis but wasn't overly critical of the selections due to the Colts need of 4-3 defensive ends.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 29 - 4:30 PM

Packers selected Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown with the No. 207 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

St. Brown (6’5/214) turned pro after starting two years for the Irish, logging a 92/1,484/16.1/13 career receiving line, and regressing from 961 yards and nine TDs with DeShone Kizer as a sophomore to 515/4 as a junior in a much worse passing attack. St. Brown blazed 4.48 at the Combine and showed he’s been in the weight room with 20 bench-press reps. A height-weight-speed projection with Jekyll & Hyde game tape, St. Brown offers No. 1 wideout traits with some Dorial Green-Beckham-like moments mixed in. He’s a classic boom-bust pick.
Apr 28 - 5:12 PM

Dolphins selected Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smythe (6’5/253) caught only 28 passes with six TDs in five years at Notre Dame, earning his keep as one of college football’s top blocking tight ends. Smythe showed competent athleticism at the Combine by running 4.81, but his primary NFL role will be to pass protect and open holes in the run game.
Apr 28 - 1:22 PM


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