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Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Kyren Williams.

Williams (5'9/191) looked for all the world like he would be committing to Michigan a month ago, when he showed up to the Rivals 3 Stripe regional in Chicago wearing maize and blue gloves. Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt certainly thought this would be his ultimate direction, predicting a UM pledge near the end of May. Not to be for the Wolverines, though, not to be. An official visit to South Bend this past weekend appears to have done the trick for Notre Dame. Previously, Williams had not planned on making a commitment at all until the fall. CBS Sports analyst Tom Lemming refers to the talented athlete as "an all-purpose back that fits into a spread offense where he can run and catch." While Williams has experience at a number of positions, Notre Dame views him as a running back and has approached his recruitment from that angle.
Source: ND Insider
Jun 22 - 11:42 AM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman LB David Adams is retiring due to a variety of injury concerns.

In his Twitter announcement, Adams explained that he had sustained a number of injuries during his senior season of high school ball before signing with Notre Dame as a three-star recruit in the 2017 class. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder ticked off several surgeries he's undergone, including procedures on both shoulders as well as one on his knee. Concussions were also a concern for Adams. The linebacker will remain on scholarship without counting against Notre Dame's 85-man limit now that he's opted to step away from the gridiron.
Jun 20 - 2:26 PM

Notre Dame senior LB Te'Von Coney was sentenced to a year of probation for his 2016 arrest on a marijuana possession charge.

Coney (6'1/240) was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession along with three other former Notre Dame players in August of 2016 after the quartet was pulled over during a traffic stop. While none of the other players (Kevin Stepherson, Max Redfield, Ashton Young) in question remain on the team, Coney's made it through the fire and looks like he'll be ready to rock and/or roll this coming season now that his legal troubles have been concluded. He was a standout performer for the Irish last year, recording 116 tackles (13.0 for loss). Coney kicked around a potential NFL Draft declaration this past winter before ultimately deciding to give it one more go in South Bend.
Source: ND Insider
Jun 19 - 2:41 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G Zeke Correll.

Correll was also considering Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and Michigan, just to name a select few. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman is considered one of the better guards in the country, ranking ninth in 247 Sports composite rankings for the class. He'll need to add weight in order to play at the next level, but reports indicate he's an intense player with quality footwork. Correll is a significant get for the Notre Dame class in 2019.
Source: WCPO
Jun 18 - 1:20 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 LB Osita Ekwonu.

Ekwonu (6'2/215) is a "strong inside presence and will help solidify the heart of the defense. A tough, sure tackler, Ekwonu does a great job shooting running lanes and making plays in the backfield," according to Rivals. In addition to Notre Dame, Ekwonu was looking at Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, and other top schools as well.
Source: Rivals.com
Jun 14 - 5:43 PM

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 TE Kevin Bauman.

Bauman (6'5/232) is the second-ranked tight end in the country for the class of 2020. The Fighting Irish already locked up four-star QB Drew Pyne earlier this year, and have now given him a weapon in Bauman. He also received offers from Boston College, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia. Bauman has drawn comparisons to current Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet due to "his ability to do everything well."
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 13 - 2:01 PM

Athlon Sports named Notre Dame junior CB Julian Love a preseason third-team All-American.

Love (5'11/189) as intriguing potential declaree for the draft after the season. He's developed into a true lockdown corner through his first two years in South Bend. During the most recent campaign, the junior posted 68 tackles, three interceptions and 20 passes defended. Two of his three picks were returned for touchdowns.
Jun 2 - 12:50 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg believes that Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Brandon Wimbush's poise is the biggest question mark facing the Fighting Irish in 2018.

Rittenberg also lists safety and the chemistry of the offensive line as potential pratfalls, but it's Wimbush's ability to handle pressure that gives him the most pause. He notes that when Notre Dame was in playoff contention, he really struggled; completing just 44 percent of his passes over the final four games. "Wimbush took the necessary steps to improve in the winter and spring," Rittenberg writes, "but if it doesn't translate against Michigan on Sept. 1, Notre Dame likely will have to re-calibrate its expectations."
Source: ESPN
Jun 1 - 7:53 PM

CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso compares Notre Dame senior DT Jerry Tillery to Malik Jackson.

Tillery was one of the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- reasons for Notre Dame's defensive turnaround, as the 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle had 4.5 sacks and 56 tackles in the 2017 campaign. Trapasso lists his strengths include Tillery's ability generate leverage and his hand usage, but also notes he has the body of a "heavier defensive end right now." Another big year from Tillery could see him become one of the first interior lineman off the board in 2019.
Source: CBS Sports
May 25 - 5:26 PM

Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt predicts that uncommitted three-star 2019 WR Kyren Williams will pledge to Michigan.

Williams (5'9/191) was rocking the maize and blue on his gloves at the Rivals 3 Stripe camp regional in Chicago this past weekend, but more substantively is also planning an official trip to Michigan for the summer. He's got official visits lined up with Missouri and Notre Dame as well. While Rivals lists Williams a receiver -- he's their No. 50 wideout in the class -- he also has respectable chops as a potential collegiate running back.
Source: Rivals
May 24 - 12:35 PM

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

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


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