It’s that time of year.
Notre Dame staff is on the road, dropping in on high school and prep programs from coast to coast and with that, extending offers to prospects from multiple classes.
Over the last 48 hours, four offers have been placed, including two in the 2020 class and another two in the 2021 class, (three in Texas and one in Georgia).
Below is a review of each.
Top offers: (34 in total) Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M.
In what will surely be a drop end prospect for the Irish, Phillip Webb has the potential to be a very successful defensive end if he puts in the work.
A very long 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, Webb plays a role similar to Notre Dame’s drop position, often lined up tight to the tackle, on or near the line of scrimmage, playing the role of pass rusher with a menacing presence.
One look at Webb’s junior season stats will prove the above statement, loading up on 86 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, seven pass deflections, a fumble recovery, four forced fumbles, and three blocked punts. Keep in mind, this was accomplished within Georgia 6A competition.
This is a powerful athlete who sheds blocks with violent hands and closes with efficiency.
* For Webb’s junior Hudl highlights, click here.
Top offers: (15 total) Georgia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington.
A 6-foot-5 linebacker who’s also a dangerous dual-threat quarterback and capable wide receiver?
Calling Drew Sanders unique would be an understatement. Considering we’ve been sizing up 2019 linebacker Asa Turner, there is a distinct similarity between the Carlsbad prospect and Sanders, who is currently committed to Oklahoma.
At outside linebacker, he can flip his hips and cover ground very well, just like Turner. But when it comes to his overall value, Sanders has more size, a larger frame, and appears to be more powerful than the senior from California.
In a sense, this is a more dynamic version of Turner. And of course, it makes sense that Notre Dame offered despite his pledge to the Sooners.
As a junior, Sanders racked up 119 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three hurries, three interceptions, two pass deflections, a blocked punt, and a blocked field goal. He also combined for 18 touchdowns (includes passing, rushing, and receiving scores).
* For Sanders’ junior Hudl film, click here.
Top offers: (5 total offers) Baylor, Boston College, Notre Dame, SMU, Tulsa.
“Dynamic speed and playmaking ability.” That’s what Brian Kelly was calling for during the 2018 and 2019 Early Signing Period press conferences as it relates to what the Irish will be targeting going forward.
That’s why Billy Bowman makes perfect sense as the latest addition to the 2021 board.
A two-way star at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, a plausible argument could be made that cornerback could be his position at the next level. But as a slot receiver, this kid is a nightmare to cover.
Quick and shifty off the line with excellent body control and acceleration, Bowman will be able to take on a lot of jobs in whichever offense he signs with, assuming he ends up on that side of the ball.
From screens to reverse passes to wheel routes, his film is as entertaining as they come. And without a doubt, a future as a return specialist feels certain.
A smart offer from the Irish. It’s only a matter of time before his list expands a great deal.
* For Bowman’s sophomore Hudl film, click here.
Top offers: (6 in total) Baylor, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State.
The day following the release of 2021 defensive end Ja’tavion Sanders’ sophomore highlights, Notre Dame extended an offer. And if you take a look at that film, you’ll see why.
Built to chase quarterbacks off the edge of a Power 5 defense, we can be sure that Sanders will collect a large, impressive offer list over the next two years.
The savvy interceptions shown within the early portion of his sophomore film proves Sanders would be an asset at the drop end position for the Irish. He’s a creative pass rusher who shows a wide array of techniques in generating pressure – exciting, when you consider his age.
Sanders also makes plays at the wide receiver position, more proof that his athleticism would be well-received by Notre Dame on the weak side edge.
* For Sanders’ sophomore film, click here.