Former Notre Dame assistant coach Kerry Cooks strikes again. Tre Norwood was considered one of the best bets for Notre Dame among last weekend’s five official visitors who weren’t already committed to Notre Dame. Monday night, on the heels of his visit to Notre Dame, however, Norwood committed to Oklahoma where he was recruited by Kerry Cooks.
Well, that certainly wasn’t the way the Notre Dame coaching staff likely envisioned this week starting. With just over a week remaining until National Signing Day and there class currently sitting at just 15 members, Notre Dame needs to add at least five members to salvage this year’s class. Norwood was considered to be one of the best bets among the late offers to go out. We can now scratch him off the board.
Cooks, a former Notre Dame assistant under Brian Kelly, visited with Norwood last week prior to his visit to Notre Dame. Apparently the official visit to Notre Dame didn’t impress Norwood enough to overcome Oklahoma’s late offer. The Sooners actually offered Norword after Notre Dame. It was a bit odd that among all of last weekend’s visitors, Norwood was the only one not to tweet out any pictures during the visit and Norwood isn’t that quiet on social media.
— Tre Norwood (@trenorwood_3) January 24, 2017
Norwood became a pivotal recruit once Paulson Adebo and Elijah Hicks both decommitted from Notre Dame in January leaving the Irish thin in the secondary. Notre Dame now has just one remaining corner on their board: Russ Yeast.
Notre Dame has several other defensive backs in play, but have corner potential on the next level other than Yeast. Jordan Genmark Heath is a jumbo safety who looks like an absolute ideal fit for Mike Elko’s ROVER position. Evan Fields is a traditional safety although after posting several pictures on his visit, it’s been rumored that the Irish are falling behind.
One name to watch now could be former Boston College commitment Jason Pinnock. Notre Dame showed interest earlier this month and Clark Lea visited Pinnock last week, but to date, no offer has been made by Notre Dame. With eight days to go until Signing Day though, will that be too little to late?
Notre Dame still has good chances with a lot of the prospects left on the board, but the already razor thin margin for error has become even smaller with another prospect off the board.