Starting today Notre Dame football has a huge recruiting weekend with four 2020 prospects visiting and multiple 2020 top recruits making the trek to Notre Dame’s campus. For some it will be their first time visiting while others have visited multiple times.
Let’s take a look at the 2020 prospects visiting this weekend…
Chris Tyree RB, #1 APB, Virginia
Arguably the #1 prospect on Notre Dame’s recruiting board overall for the 2020 class. This will be the nation’s #1 all-purpose back 2nd visit to Notre Dame after an unofficial visit in December for Junior Day. New RB coach Lance Taylor will have his first in-person talk with Tyree on campus starting today and will be looking to make headway for the fastest RB prospect on ND’s board for at least the last 10 years from what I can recall.
Landing a running back of Tyree’s stature is a MUST for Coach Taylor and was the main reason why he was brought in to Notre Dame to secure top recruits commitments at the RB position. Taylor and the Fighting Irish will be in a dog fight for Tyree with top programs like Alabama and Oklahoma and many others also heavily recruiting the Virginia product.
Tyree will also be making an official visit in June. The fact that Tyree is paying on his own dime to visit Notre Dame for a 2nd time this weekend is huge. I don’t expect a verbal commitment but ND could in my opinion hit a home run with Tyree with current players showing him what life is like on campus and getting him a feel for the team and the coaching staff to at least put them in the lead for his services.
— Chris Tyree4️⃣ (@chris_tyree4) March 22, 2019
Tirek Murphy RB, New York
Another 4-star prospect at the running back position who will be visiting Notre Dame this weekend on an unofficial. This is Murphy’s first visit to Notre Dame and he will be bringing his mom which tends to work heavily in Notre Dame’s favor when they can get mom on board.
While Tyree is the #1 prospect on Notre Dame’s RB board there is no doubt ND and the coaching staff would take a commitment from Murphy and make room for two backs in this class. This will be Murphy’s first in-person meeting with Coach Taylor too. He’s not even been a month on the job but the fact that Taylor already has two of the nation’s best backs visiting on their own dime speaks volumes. Murphy will also be visiting Alabama and Oregon in the future but just reading the tea leaves I think ND is in the driver’s seat for his services.
— ⁴ ✞ (@Tirek_Jr) March 21, 2019
Cody Simon LB, New Jersey
You may recognize the last name as his brother Shayne is a freshman linebacker currently at Notre Dame. ND has signed 8 linebackers in the last two classes so getting Cody’s services isn’t a must get for the Fighting Irish staff. But make no mistake, Notre Dame would love to add another 4-star linebacker like Simon and will probably be in a battle with Penn State for his commitment.
Don’t bank on Simon being a sure fire commitment for the Irish just because his brother plays at Notre Dame. The Irish have a lot of work to do for Cody and this weekend’s unofficial visit should hopefully get them another visit in the future. The Ademilola twins also played with Cody in high school so he’s got a lot of familiarity with some of the players. Defensive coordinator Clark Lea is also a big fan of Cody and why wouldn’t he be after looking at these highlights…
Zak Zinter OL, Massachusetts
This will be big Zak’s 2nd visit to Notre Dame after visiting for the Ball State game in the fall. Zinter looks to be more of a guard prospect than tackle even though he has a tackle body. Notre Dame is in a battle with in-state Boston College for Zinter’s services. Numbers are low on takes in this class at the offensive line so don’t be surprised if Zinter decides to jump aboard with a commitment this weekend. Zinter is a top 200 prospect overall in the nation and would be a tremendous get for the Fighting Irish and line coach Jeff Quinn.
The 2021 class visits this weekend include two Georgia WR prospects in Jaquez Smith and Deion Colzie. Both have offers from Notre Dame. This will be Smith’s 1st visit to ND and Colzie’s 2nd visit. Smith is an Atlanta prospect that has offers from the likes of Georgia, LSU, and Michigan. Colzie is an Athens prospect but only has one offer and it’s not from UGA, it’s Tennessee. The more Georgia peach products on the roster the better in my opinion for Notre Dame.
In-state Avon, IN offensive tackle Blake Fisher is Notre Dame’s #1 recruit on the offensive line for the 2021 class and will be on another unofficial visit to ND this weekend after visiting multiple times. Fisher has offers from all the big-time programs across the nation even though he’s only a sophomore. He will be a tough pull because schools like Alabama and Ohio State are going after Fisher. Fisher could be a 5-star prospect when all is said and done and definitely has a 5-star offer list.
Another offensive linemen visiting this weekend is Landon Tengwall. The 6’6 300 lb prospect already has offers from all the big schools (Alabama, UGA, Michigan, etc.) like Fisher. Tengwall is out of Maryland and goes to Good Counsel HS which has produced another Notre Dame offensive lineman in Sam Mustipher. He also played with incoming freshman Cam Hart at Good Counsel. I like Notre Dame’s chances here.