Notre Dame’s on field success this fall is starting to translate into a little momentum on the recruiting trail. Notre Dame added its 18th commitment to the class of 2018 on Wednesday and its third wide receiver in the form of California native Geordon Porter.
Porter, a 3-star wide receiver selected Notre Dame over Arizona State, Washington State, UCLA, and Utah. While he is the third wide receiver to join the class, Porter adds an element that was missing from the group ever since Braden Lenzy decommitted in the spring – speed. Porter is a deep threat with great top end speed. Not coincidentally, Porter was offered the same day that Lenzy decommitted.
Porter was off to a great start to his senior season before suffering a broken collarbone four weeks into the season. He is, however, expected back this weekend.
Porter joins Micah Jones and Kevin Austin as Notre Dame wide receiver commitments in this class of 2018 though they might not be done adding receivers with Lawrence Keys, Amon Ra St. Brown, and Chase Cota all still on the board. If any of the three – St. Brown specifically – wanted to join the class, they almost certainly wouldn’t be turned away.
While Porter brings the speed element that the group has been missing, he is arguably the most raw prospect of the trio of committed receivers. Jones is a massive target in the mold of Miles Boykin while Kevin Austin is the kind of all around wide receiver that Notre Dame has been lacking in recent years. Porter is more sprinter than football player right now in that he gets by with speed alone. At the next level he’ll need to improve his route running. Even before he does that though, you can’t coach speed and he has plenty of that.
Notre Dame will have at least 12 wide receivers on scholarship for 2018 as of right now assuming Porter, Austin, and Jones all end up signing and would have 13 if say Amon-Ra St. Brown decided to jump on board. Of all of those receivers, however, Kevin Stepherson is probably the one one who brings the same kind of speed element that Notre Dame now has with Porter.
With 18 commitments in the class, Notre Dame does not have a lot of spots remaining and if they keep winning like they are, scholarships could be tough to come by the Irish by Signing Day. We say this almost every year though and most years it’s a non-issue by February. Still, the momentum that Notre Dame has built around the program could very well start carrying over to the recruiting trail starting with Porter.
Look for Notre Dame to really focus on cornerbacks now with none currently committed and a need for at least two in this class. The Irish still need to add another offensive lineman as well and stop me if you heard this, but it would be nice to add another pass rusher. Notre Dame has been very fortunate with the development of Julian Okwara, Khalid Kareem and Daelin Hayes this year but they need to be adding a big time pass rusher each year.
Geordon Porter Senior Year Film
Here are some highlights from the first four games of the year for Porter before his injury.