Notre Dame Recruiting Weekend Visit Preview 1/16

(Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)
(Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

A very important weekend lies ahead for the Notre Dame football program. Brian Kelly and staff are set to host four recruits on Friday, and one on Saturday, and are hoping to make some legitimate headway, as they make their final push towards signing day. While the Irish have secured some important pieces in regards to talent, team needs, and depth, these same recruits could determine if the Irish claw back into the top ten nationally in recruiting., and more importantly, fill some very important needs for Irish. The Irish are still seeking secondary help, and

Even after adding Aliz’e Jones on Thursday, Kelly and staff are still trying to add at least one running back to couple with current commitment Josh Adams, and would love to add some secondary help to round out the class.  This weekend could play a large in doing just that. This Irish are set to host the following recruits on either Friday or Saturday.

  • Dexter Williams (4* RB FL)
  • Jalen Julius (3* CB FL)
  • Mykelti Williams (3* S IN)
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn (4* RB TN)
  • Nathan Meadors (3* ATH CA)

Here is a small breakdown of each athlete, and what they mean to the Irish if they decide to commit to Notre Dame(MyKelti Williams is committed).

Dexter Williams – The young man out of Florida brings a lot of talent, and the ability to get even bigger and better. Originally committed to Miami, Williams has a solid combination of speed, agility, and size. He would be a quality addition, alongside Adams, and give the Irish a nice duo of talented running backs waiting in the wings. Even though Williams also has an official visit set for Texas A&M, the consensus is that Notre Dame and Louisville are the favorites at this point, with the Cardinals holding the edge – but that could change this weekend.

Jalen Julius – A teammate of the previous mentioned, Dexter Williams, Julius is a bit of a surprise visit. A three-star cornerback that is fast and agile, but lacks size and frame at just 5’11” 172lbs. Make no mistake about it though, Julius is talented football player, with a strong skill set, and can contribute to the Irish in many different roles. Williams and Julius mirror each other, as they are both set to visit the Irish, and then head to College Station together. Louisville is major player also, but most feel the two will end attending the same school of choice.

MyKelti Williams – Williams is already committed to the Irish program, but will take advantage of the final visit anyway. Growing up a huge Irish fan, committing to Notre Dame was a lifelong dream for the young man out of Indianapolis. If you’re not familiar with the three-star Safety, you probably should be. Many feel Williams has flown under the radar during recruiting, and will a solid contributor for the program. He posses only average size and speed, but has all the intangibles, and truly understands his position.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Speculation on the 4-star running back out of Nashville, has been all over the place from the beginning. Many had him originally staying at home, and playing for the Commodores. That quickly changed after his official visit to Purdue, which saw the Boilermakers take the lead for his services. Now, with just three weeks left until signing day, the momentum may be swinging in Notre Dame’s favor, and this weekend could play a huge role. Although Vaughn barely reaches 5’10’, he is consider a power back, that possesses deceptively good speed, and would be a great addition to the 2015 class for Notre Dame.

Nathan Meadors – Although he filled many roles for San Gorgonio, in San Bernardino, CA, if the Irish were able to garner a commitment out of the three star athlete, he would most likely project out as a Safety. Meadors measures out at 6’1”, 194lbs, and is blessed with great speed, but Kelly and staff know they trail UCLA at this point, and conventional wisdom says that is where is he heading. Landing a commitment from Meadors would be more than a feather in the cap of recruiting 2015, but unless the Irish can make a big impact on him this weekend, it most likely will not happen.

It’s not a secret that this a huge weekend for the Notre Dame football program, and a great showing can turn a very good class, into a elite class. It will be interesting to see it how it all folds out, but if you are an avid Irish fan, staying close to a phone, tablet, or computer this weekend is probably a good idea.

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22 Comments

  1. Go get soso jamabo
    Go meet with him and take along Jerome bettis or Reggie brooks
    Don’t these guys know how to sell
    My god!

      1. Didn’t Pete Carroll get in trouble for that st SC when he had Reggie Bush talk to a recruit? Wouldn’t be smart

  2. Looking at Josh Adams video this kid can fly. NOBODY caught him in the open field. He is a long strider eg. Two strides per 5 yds and great moves to deke the defenders. Would love to get Soso but even if this kid is the only running prospect we pick up he looks like he could be great on Special teams running back kicks and punts and would be a nice slot back candidate to get into the open field. Had not really heard much about him maybe due to his ACL but hid rolled up almost THREE THOUSAND yds as a Sophomore so certainly is not “chopped liver”. If somehow we could get Marshall, Jamabo, and a top safety/cornerback or a def. lineman this would be a great class.

  3. I’ll make an introductory prediction for those worried about running back depth. Don’t sleep on Justin Brent switching to running back. I’m thinking about how much depth there will be with the new guys coming in with the possible addition of St. Brown and Davaris Daniels returning, Brent played running back in high school and he is built for the pounding a running back has to take.

  4. It appears that Soso Jamabo is too difficult to predict…from what I have read, he is a UCLA lean. However, one can never say. Please take into consideration that if they wait to the very end and Soso opts to go elsewhere, ND has three scholarship RBs. One injury and then two (no insult on the math), but my point is it takes one play to be down to Greg Bryant and a true freshman. That would suckaroo!

    Respectfully submitted–>>DK

    1. I believe Amir Carlisle has a year of eligibility. He could go back to rb if needed. Also, Prociess(sp) on jet sweeps. ND will be fine at rb, more front 7 talent on defense the better

  5. In no way can this class be called elite with the high number of 3 stars and projects we have committed regardless of who we add this weekend or up until signing day.

  6. I’m hoping Kelly isn’t really trying to find another RB to “couple with … Josh Adams”.

    I thought ND was getting visits from some 5* athletes too.

    1. Don’t worry, the whole story is just a bunch of made up mumbo-jumbo.

      Something I’m sure you can relate to.

      1. You got that right. I relate all of your posts as being “mumbo-jumbo”. And you certainly post a lot.

      2. So now what’s wrong with Josh Adams?

        Or can’t you tell us because you’ve never actually seen him play and have absolutely no clue as to his true ability?

        I rest my case.

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