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Uncommitted four-star 2018 CB Kalon Gervin's top-five consists of Louisville, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia Tech.

Gervin -- a former Notre Dame pledge -- is fresh off a visit to Oregon which he made this past weekend. He is planning visits to both Oklahoma and Virginia Tech for later this summer. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 104 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. He indicated that he will make his commitment at a yet-to-be-determined date in July.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 10:01 PM

Rivals passes along that prior to suffering a minor injury at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, Notre Dame four-star 2018 verbal TE commit George Takacs was "hit-and-miss."

Looks like it was something of an eventful camp for Takacs on the whole. That aside, the 6-foot-6, 236-pounder remains one of the top tight end prospects in the 2018 class, with ESPN's Craig Haubert noting that he has the ability to both work as an offensive weapon and a "strong contributor as an in-line blocker." The Worldwide Leader ranks him as the No. 176 overall prospect for the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 18 - 2:21 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 TE George Takacs.

"He is a big target with good hands and the ability to adjust and make catches outside his frame," writes ESPN's Craig Haubert, "and he has the physical stature and the strength to develop into a strong contributor as an in-line blocker." The analyst compares the 6-foot-6, 236-pounder to Stanford TE Dalton Schultz due to similarly impressive athletic measureables. On the ESPN 300, Takacs lands at No. 176 overall.
Jun 15 - 5:01 PM

Notre Dame senior G Colin McGovern will not be transferring to Virginia as previously planned.

Details here are scarce at this juncture, but on Friday, Cavaliers HC Bronco Mendenhall said that McGovern will not be enrolling at the university. The 6-foot-4, 313-pounder had initially announced his transfer intentions near the end of January. McGovern's future plans are not yet known. He saw eight starts with the Irish in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 2:07 PM

Navy sophomore S Alohi Gilman transferred to Notre Dame.

"He plays the style of safety we want in this program. Alohi's a run-and-hit safety that fits perfectly in the Mike Elko defense," said Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly in a statement. Gilman recorded a hearty 76 tackles, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries as a true freshman in 2016, numbers which earned him All-AAC honorable mention. Despite this house-on-fire start to his career, the 6-foot, 195-pounder just wasn't feeling the fire to be a Naval officer, hence his decision to transfer. Due to NCAA regulations, he will have to sit out the 2017 season. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 12:55 PM

Notre Dame junior TE Tyler Luatua is taking a medical retirement.

Luatua has a history of concussions, though Notre Dame didn't specifically address whether or not those were the deciding factor in his decision to walk away. "It’s always a difficult decision for a player to step away from football," head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "Most importantly, Tyler will still have an opportunity to earn his degree from the University."
Jun 8 - 3:23 PM

An AFC scout is optimistic about the 2018 NFL Draft offensive tackle class.

"It's hard to find elite edge players in any class, but this group definitely has potential," said the scout. Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey, Texas' Connor Williams, Clemson's Mitch Hyatt and Oklahoma's Orlando Brown, Jr. are all first-round possibilities heading into the new season. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks "see[s] a couple of blue-chip prospects" at tackle and added that there are "several big-bodied athletes" in college with the "combination of size, feet and hands to earn solid marks."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 6 - 12:57 PM

Arizona State WR Cameron Smith will transfer to Notre Dame after graduating from ASU.

Smith joined the Irish on Monday after graduating in April. He will be eligible to play immediately. Smith started 18 of 30 games catching 60 balls for 908 yards and six touchdowns. He missed the entire 2015 season due to injury (knee). The Notre Dame receiving group was very young last season.
Jun 6 - 11:09 AM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said that redshirt freshman RB Tony James will be part of the rotation for the coming season.

"He’s a guy that if at any time we wanted to call him a No. 1, we could call him a No. 1," Kelly said. "He’s done all the things to build that trust with us in terms of protections, catching the ball out of the backfield. He’s earned that through his work this spring." Scout ranked the 5-foot-11, 224-pounder as the No. 187 overall prospect in the 2016 cycle. Josh Adams and Dexter Williams are expected to lead the charge on the ground for the coming season, but Jones could see an increased role if injury strikes.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 2 - 7:32 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore CB Troy Pride clocked a wind-aided 10.47s 100-meter dash at the ACC Outdoor Championships.

A star on the Fighting Irish track squad, Pride has turned in times of 6.77s (60 meters), 10.60s (100 meters) and 21.36s (200 meters) in college. He had 12 total tackles in eight games (three starts) last year. He came out of spring ball listed third on the depth chart.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 1:19 PM

Navy sophomore S Alohi Gilman announced that he's seeking a transfer.

Gilman, who was an honorable mention All-American Athletic Conference selection as a freshman last season, said "the desire to become a Naval officer just wasn't there." It seems that this decision was spurred by Gilman's professional football aspirations. "We will miss Alohi. He is an outstanding football player and an even better person," HC Ken Niumatalolo said. "We wish Alohi the best in his pursuit of his childhood dream to play in the NFL." The 6-foot, 195-pound Gilman burst onto the scene last year with 76 tackles, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Junior Juan Hailey was listed as his backup at strong safety coming out of the spring.
Jun 1 - 1:39 PM

Notre Dame's offensive line surrendered nine sacks during the team's spring game.

UHND.com's Greg Flammang was none too impressed with the performance, writing, "They just didn’t look like the dominant group they are projected to be and incredibly they struggled in pass protection, which was unexpected given Notre Dame’s inability to rush the passer." He referred to the line as a "work in progress" and noted that while he is "[n]ot panicking," "this group isn’t to be penciled in as a significant strength just yet."
Source: UHND.com
May 22 - 7:11 PM

UHND.com's Greg Flammang passes along that Notre Dame sophomore WR Chase Claypool "flashed on a number of plays" during the team's spring game.

Per the One Foot Down blog over at SB Nation, Claypool remains a somewhat unpolished route runner. With a 6-foot-5, 213-pound frame, though, he doesn't necessarily have to be a technician to make his presence felt -- particularly in the red zone. This past season, he caught five passes for 81 yards. Notre Dame has a number of relatively unproven receiving options to sort through beyond Equanimeous St. Brown, with Claypool, Kevin Stepherson, C.J. Sanders, Miles Boykin and Corey Holmes among the options HC Brian Kelly will be considering for potential impact roles during August camp.
Source: UHND.com
May 22 - 4:58 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly referred to junior WR Miles Boykin as "very sneaky."

"He eats up a lot of ground with those long strides, and before you know it he’s running past people," Kelly said. The coach noted back in early April that the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder was having a "really good spring." He showed at the team's spring game, too, with UHND.com's Greg Flammang writing that Boykin "made a number of nice receptions, all against the starting defense, and caught the ball very well." We heard breakout hype for Boykin last offseason, too, but he was unable to make good on it in 2016, finishing with just six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Source: ND Insider
May 22 - 3:59 PM

Notre Dame freshman RB C.J. Holmes suffered a separated right shoulder during spring practice.

Holmes suffered the separated shoulder near the end of March. He then missed the remainder of spring practice. This is an injury to monitor during Holmes' freshman season -- he previously underwent surgery on the same shoulder in high school. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle. UHND.com's Greg Flammang believes that "[h]is versatility will be very well utilized" by OC Chip Long. Running back is a clear strength for the Irish, who boast a full stable of backs with Josh Adams, Dexter Williams, Tony Jones Jr. and Holmes.
Source: Indy Star
May 22 - 2:33 PM


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