Rivals released their final Top 250 player rankings for the class of 2015 on Tuesday and Notre Dame is well represented again this year with 10 of their current 23 commitments ranking lead by quarterback commitment Brandon Wimbush at #60 overall.
Wimbush, a one time commitment to Penn State, was actually ranked higher in the previous top 250 at #38 but an uneven showing at the Under Armour Bowl apparently outweighed a spectacular senior season for a quarterback who can accurately throw the ball 65 yards with ease. Recent Notre Dame commitment Alize Jones saw his ranking fall as well tumbling from 70th to 133rd overall.
Not all Notre Dame commitments saw their stocks fall though. Linebacker and early enrollee Tevon Coney was one of the biggest risers in the final top 250 moving up from completely outside the Top 250 all the way to #118 in the final rankings. Combine that movement, his performance during his senior season, and his early enrollee status and it’s easy to envision a role for him as a freshmen next fall given the uncertain depth at linebacker for the Irish.
After Wimbush, the highest ranked current commitment is cornerback Shaun Crawford. Crawford has seen his stock steadily rise as well and if he were just an inch or two taller, he’d be ranked even higher.
Rounding out the Top 250 for Notre Dame are Coney’s fellow early enrollees defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (#145) and center Tristen Hoge (#150), wide receiver Miles Boykin (#156), linebacker Josh Barajas (#180), recent safety commit Mykelti Williams, and linebacker Asmar Bilal (#246).
Notre Dame could very well add to it’s haul of Top 250 talent as well before Signing Day. Running back Dexter Williams who is rumors to be heavily leaning towards the Irish is ranked #120 overall and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is ranked #144. There are other commits who are still said to be considering the Irish ranked as well such as SoSo Jamabo at #22 but Jamabo has long been considered a long shot for Notre Dame.
One recruit that the Irish will still make a hard push for, however, Iman Marshall is ranked 3rd overall in the final rankings. Marshall visited Notre Dame back in December and while there hasn’t much much indicating that the Irish have a great shot here, the staff will likely continue to recruit Marshall right up until Signing Day.
If Notre Dame closes out their class with Williams and St. Brown, the Irish will have 12 top 250 signees in the class of 2015.