Notre Dame, as usual, was well represented in the various all star games this year and several Notre Dame commitments improved their stock on recruiting sites with impressive performances.
In all, Davaris Daniels, Ben Councell, Everett Golson, Kyle Brindza, Jarrett Grace, Brad Carrico, Eliar Hardy, Ishaq Williams, George Atkinson, Aaron Lynch, and Ben Koyack played in all stars games such as the Army All American Bowl, Under Armour All America Game, Offense-Defense All American Bowl, and the Shrine Bowl.
Off all of those commitments, three stood out to Rivals when they put together their list of the 10 biggest surprises of the all star game season – Ishaq Williams, Aaron Lynch, and Ben Councell.
Williams was listed as the #10 surprise by Rivals.
He had no strength issues going against offensive tackles, and his speed off the edge was too much for them to handle. What gives Williams that additional boost is that he is relentless in his pursuit of the football and he was the most consistent of the defensive ends in stringing out the run at the Army Bowl as well. He is athletic enough to stand up and play linebacker but also strong enough to play with his hand down.
Lynch came in at #3
Lynch is tough and fearless and, although he sometimes overruns plays, his intensity was unmatched on the East team. His first step was the best throughout the week and his outside move couldn’t be stopped even when everyone knew it was coming.
And the biggest surprise of the all star games, according to Rivals, was Ben Councell.
Councell entered the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas as a guy rumored to be underrated as a mid-level three-star guy. He left it as one of the top prospects in the nation. Playing outside linebacker in the 3-4 set required of the defenses at the game, Councell flourished and likely should have been named the Defensive MVP for his team with 13 tackles.
With the final Rivals rankings for the season coming out soon, Williams and Lynch should get consideration for a 5th star while Councell seems like a lock to get bumped up to 4-stars based on their review. Stephon Tuitt is just outside 5-star status on Rivals now and played well enough in the Army All American Bowl that he could be in line for a 5th star too.
Of the other three star commitments for Notre Dame right now, Everett Golson, Chase Hounshell, and Anthony Rabasa seem the most likely to receive a 4th star from Rivals, but it’s anyone’s guess who, if any three star commits see their star status improve.