When day one of the Early Signing Period came to a close Notre Dame was ranked No. 13 overall according to the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings. Is there still a shot that the Fighting Irish can finish inside the Top10?
Let’s play the hypothetical game and assume that Notre Dame’s class of 21 commits isn’t completely done quite yet. As we’ve reported for a long time, the Fighting Irish remain in great shape with Concord (Calif.) De La Salle four-star defensive end Isaiah Foskey. His plan has always been to announced on ESPN during an in-school ceremony on National Signing Day in February. If all goes as expected and the Fighting Irish land him, the Irish would naturally move up in the rankings. If today was Signing Day, Notre Dame would move from 255.90 total points to 259.71 points, which would be good for No. 11 overall nationally. The Irish would then trail Penn State by three points. In addition, if Notre Dame is able to flip longtime Washington commit Asa Turner, who is from Carlsbad (Calif.) high school, the Irish would inch even closer to a Top10 spot. Notre Dame would have 261.35 points, which would just be a single point behind the Nittany Lions.
Now let’s look at the big picture. It’s still a long way until National Signing Day and despite a lot of the classes being complete, there is still plenty of time for other schools to move around. The reason I still think Notre Dame could move inside the Top10 overall by that time is because there is still the potential for movement with the All-American games.
There are four Notre Dame commits participating in the 2019 All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Four-star safety Kyle Hamilton, four-star defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah, four-star offensive tackle Andrew Kristofic and three-star punter Jay Bramblett will take part. Hamilton is right on the cusp of a fifth star and with a good week, he could see himself moving even further up the rankings, which would improve Notre Dame’s ranking. The same could be said for Osafo-Mensah and Kristofic, who could each see a boost in the rankings if their play goes as expected. In addition, Isaiah Foskey and Asa Turner will both play in the game as well and are two of the more intriguing prospects at the even. Foskey, who was looked at as a tight end early in his recruitment, is a defensive end all of the way and will play that position that week. Turner, a recruit with the abilities to play safety or linebacker, will suit up as a linebacker while in Texas that week.
When looking at the Under Armour All-America Game, the lone Notre Dame commit involved is four-star offensive lineman Zeke Correll. It’s unknown if he’ll play guard or center in the game, but he could be in line for a bump as well. He is one of the top offensive linemen nationally and he’ll show that in Florida.
The last game is the Polynesian Bowl, which includes three more Notre Dame commit and once again, Isaiah Foskey and Asa Turner. Three-star quarterback Brendon Clark is a player to watch. I’ve made it very clear that I see a four-star talent with him and I look for him to have a strong few days in Hawaii. Four-star cornerback Isaiah Rutherford should perform at a high level and could move up. Lastly, watch out for three-star linebacker Marist Liufau. I’ve gone on record thinking he’s one of the most underrated and under-recruited prospects in the country. We’ll see how he performs that week.
All in all, this class is one of the best nationally and if things go as expected during the All-American games, the Fighting Irish could lockdown another Top10 class for the third straight year.