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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

Notre Dame senior WR Corey Robinson retired from the sport due to concussions.

The 21-year-old student-body president said he will focus on other interests. "After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue playing football due to multiple concussions," Robinson said in a statement. "I couldn’t have come to this difficult personal decision without the incredible support from so many within the Notre Dame football program." The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, the son of Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson, possessed early-round NFL talent. "Playing in the NFL is an amazing opportunity," David Robinson, said. "Some people would give their left arm to do it. But at same time, if you have the opportunity to do other things – be a Rhodes Scholar, be student body president – those are things you need to weigh."
Jun 15 - 5:51 PM

Notre Dame will allow a different player each week to wear the No. 1 jersey.

"And he will wear that No. 1, because it signifies that he’s the best," Kelly says, adding the weekly honor goes to someone who exemplifies Notre Dame both on and off the field. Some might suggest this is also in honor of former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant, who previously wore No. 1 before his departure to UAB.
Source: WSBT Radio
Jun 15 - 8:36 AM

Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler re-fractured the same foot that kept him out of last season's Fiesta Bowl.

Butler will need surgery and is out for 14 to 16 weeks. Butler initially broke his foot in practice and was slated to start in relief of KeiVarae Russell, who is now in the NFL. It appears Butler will not be healthy for the season opener against Texas.
Jun 13 - 11:20 AM

Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter Jr. was selected in the 23rd round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Hunter is absolutely the son of former MLB superstar Torii Hunter. The younger Torii was a part time player on the baseball team in 2015 and 2016, and his evaluation improved after a spring workout with the Angels. The team is "very confident" that Hunter will sign with the Angels, but he will still play for Notre Dame this fall. Last season, the 6-foot, 190-pounder caught 28 passes for 363 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Source: LA Times
Jun 13 - 10:19 AM

ESPN's Travis Haney hears from those close to the program that Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer is a slight leader to win the starting job over junior QB Malik Zaire.

"The spring was valuable in helping Zaire get back to full speed, coach Brian Kelly has said, so don’t rule him out if he has a stronger preseason camp," Haney wrote. "For now, though, pencil in Kizer, who won eight games last season as a freshman following Zaire’s injury in Week 2." Last season, the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder racked up 2,596 passing yards and a 19/9 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 499 yards and nine touchdowns. He has received early buzz as a sleeper Heisman candidate.
May 19 - 1:10 PM

Notre Dame paid former HC Charlie Weis more than current HC Brian Kelly in 2014.

Notre Dame released its federal tax return on Monday, revealing that Weis remains a weight on the checkbook. From June of 2014 to June of 2015, Weis made a shade over $2 million, while Kelly made approximately $1.6 million. Notre Dame's total buyout for Weiss -- whom they fired all the way back in 2009 -- totaled $18,966,867 after they finished making payments in December.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 10:01 PM

Notre Dame senior CB Cole Luke regressed to a +1.8 PFF grade last season after posting a +10.1 grade in 2014 as a sophomore.

Luke actually cut his completion percentage against down to a cool 49.2 percent, but found himself on the losing end of too many embarrassing big plays last fall (15.3 yards per reception in 2015 against 11.6 in 2014). The numbers tell the story from there: Luke picked off two fewer passes last year, he gave up five touchdowns in 2015 against two in 2014 and he allowed an NFL passer rating of 87.7 last season after posting a superb 60.5 back in 2014. After suffering a series of defensive defections this winter, the Irish need Luke to return to form.
May 17 - 4:52 PM

2018 five-star QB Phil Jurkovec committed to Notre Dame.

Jurkovec is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in his class, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. "I came up here with the intent of committing," Jurkovec said in South Bend on Monday. "It's the right fit for me. The whole education of Notre Dame from the books to the spirituality, the whole university and everything that it offers—I just fell in love with it." Notre Dame beat out -- at least for now -- Alabama, Ohio State and Penn State for Jurkovec's services. Commitments are non-binding, so expect Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and James Franklin to continue to doggedly pursue Jurkovec over the next year-plus.
May 16 - 10:44 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis noted that Notre Dame redshirt freshman LB Asmar Bilal "could be that answer [to replace LB Jaylon Smith]."

"Bilal redshirted last season working mostly at outside linebacker," Ellis wrote, "but he impressed inside at Smith’s old position this spring." The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was the No. 87 recruit for the 2015 cycle by Scout's rankings. LB coach Mike Elston talked about the Smith/Bilal comparison when he said, "Is he Jaylon Smith? No. But he’s got great potential. Jaylon had to start somewhere, and that’s where Asmar is. He’s at the starting point of what we see as a very promising career."
May 14 - 4:28 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter called Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer his darkhorse Heisman candidate for 2016.

"Kizer showed glimpses of greatness in his redshirt freshman season, both as a runner and passer;" Reuter wrote, adding that "he's my darkhorse Heisman candidate -- if he beats out Malik Zaire for the starting job." That latter portion of Reuter's comment has yet to reach a conclusion one way or another, as HC Brian Kelly has said, "They're both No. 1's." After taking over for the injured Zaire (ankle) early last season, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Kizer threw for 2,596 yards with a 19/9 TD/INT ratio. He also rushed for 499 yards and nine touchdowns. We won't count Kizer out of the Heisman running entirely, but he will need to post significant statistical improvements if he wants to jostle with the likes of Deshaun Watson or Leonard Fournette. Reuter wrote earlier this offseason that he also believes Zaire could enter the Heisman conversation if he, instead of Kizer, wins the Irish starting job this summer.
Source: NFL.com
May 13 - 11:00 PM

ESPN's Matt Fortuna deemed Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter Jr. to be the team's most versatile player.

With Will Fuller off to drop passes in the NFL (we kid because we love), Hunter is the team's leading receiver heading into 2016. Last season, the 6-foot, 190-pounder caught 28 passes for 363 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also chipped in with five rush attempts, three pass attempts and even two tackles recorded on defense. This spring, HC Brian Kelly shifted him from slot to field receiver, which should allow for more downfield production.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 7:29 PM


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