Notre Dame’s class of 2017 sprung another leak on Monday with the decommitment of Paulson Adebo. Next to Donovan Jeter, it was the biggest of the now four decommitments that have occurred since the fall. The rest of the class of 2017 – and those on board for 2018 – are rallying around each other with a social media surge.
One by one, the active tweeters among Notre Dame’s commitments for both 2017 and 2018 began tweeting out a simple message with the same picture. Here’s one such tweet from the first commitment for the class of 2017 – Dillan Gibbons.
Trust the process ☘️ pic.twitter.com/neKvkAxean
— Dillan R. Gibbons (@GibbonsDillan) January 10, 2017
According to Jake Brown from Irish Illustrated, the coordinated social media strike was their idea – not some coordinated push from the Notre Dame staff – and the idea sprung up from a group text message chain following the latest decommitment.
This year’s class is one of the closest groups of commitments we have seen for Notre Dame in a while and is very reminiscent of the class of 2008 that was the highest rated of the Weis Era. That class too came on the heels of a historically bad season for Notre Dame. Charlie Weis’s disastrous 3-9 campaign in 2007.
Despite the decommitments – Adebo joined Peter Werner, Jeter, Jordan Pouncey, and Robert Beal (all but Beal have occurred since the fall) – Notre Dame has a chance to maintain a place in the top 10 of the recruiting standings in large part because of the commitment from the current commitments and the help they are giving Notre Dame on the social media front.
Following the decommitment of Werner last month, Notre Dame quickly emerged as the leader for Ohio State decommitment Antjuan Simmons. Notre Dame’s class of 2017 were quick to swarm on Simmons with social media mentions and they haven’t slowed down. Notre Dame remains in strong position for Simmons who like Werner is a 4-star linebacker recruit.
A lot can – and will – happen between now and National Signing Day but those recruits still committed to Notre Dame appear to be pretty firmly committed and dedicated to helping the Irish close this class out strong. The new Irish staff certainly has their work cut out for them.