The Notre Dame Fighting Irish could be close to adding a kicker from the class of 2019. It’s a prospect who was recently in South Bend for an official visit.
In talking with sources, it’s more likely than not that Avon (Conn.) Old Farms three-star kicker Harrison Leonard eventually ends up committing to Notre Dame. As we reported prior to his official visit for the matchup against Vanderbilt, the 5-11, 180-pounder is likely to be offered a preferred walk-on opportunity with the program and according to one source, Leonard will “absolutely accept it once he gets the offer.”
“The trip has been amazing,” said Leonard. “I loved every second of my time here in South Bend.”
Following his visit over the weekend, Leonard told Irish Illustrated and 247Sports that special teams coordinator Brian Polian, Leonard’s primary recruiter, will be out to watch him kick at some point this fall. That is the only holdup from him receiving the coveted offer. Once that takes place, and if everything goes as expected, Leonard will pickup the preferred walk-on offer and likely commit on the spot. This will give Notre Dame another kicker on the roster, as Justin Yoon wraps up his Fighting Irish football career at the end of the 2018 season.
According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Leonard is ranked as the No. 14 kicker in the country from the 2019 class. However, Jamie Kohl of Kohl’s Kicking has him ranked as the No. 7 kicker this cycle.
“Leonard recently attended the Kohl’s Kicking National Invitational Scholarship Camp in July of 2018,” per a write-up from KohlsKicking.com on Leonard’s profile. “He showed great improvement on his field goals off the ground. Leonard is a top baseball prospect along with being a great kicker/punter. He showed great command on his kickoffs and was able to call on his “A” ball during the competition phase of camp. His leg strength has gotten better and his technique is quickly turning him into one of the best prospects in his class. Leonard is someone who has bought into becoming a specialist and it showed with his most recent performance charting 31 points off the ground at camp. He is a different prospect than a year ago, it is exciting to see that type of development.”
During his official visit to Notre Dame, Leonard was hosted by Fighting Irish safety Patrick Pelini.
***The Irish Illustrated team of Tom Loy, Tim Prister, Tim O’Malley, Jack Freeman and Kevin Sinclair is the most experienced group of journalists covering Notre Dame today. And that experience leads to coverage you can trust. We’re not going to tell you that everything is all right with the program all the time or that your concerns about the program are unwarranted. We’re also not going to dwell strictly on the negatives when there are positives to report. We are dedicated to providing you with the truth about Notre Dame football and recruiting. That is our job. Not all media outlets covering Notre Dame football do that. CLICK HERE to grab a FREE TRIAL to the No. 1 Notre Dame team and recruiting site around!