2018 Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Updates & A New Offer

There are eighteen days left in the 2018 recruiting cycle, so a quick look on where Notre Dame stands and where they are going.

They are currently ranked eighth nationally on 247 Sports, with 21 signed players and one committed to sign on February 7th. The Irish are looking to add at least three more players and possibly four if some of their top players decide to sign on to play in South Bend.

Updated Rankings

247 Sports released their final top 247 players, with eight Notre Dame players making that group. Some notes about that:

  • Rover recruit Shayne Simon came in as Notre Dame’s highest rising player, climbing 80 spots to #47 nationally. He joins defensive tackle Jayson Ademilola, in the top 50, with Ademilola rising to #45.
  • The only other player to rise in the rankings was Jack Lamb, 14 spots to #105.
  • The biggest faller was safety Derrik Allen, who dropped 26 spots, to be the lowest in the top eight, at #161.

There has been a lot of buzz about Simon at the all-star game practices, with Steve Wiltfong at 247 saying he could see Simon claiming the starting Rover position as a freshman, pushing 5th year senior Drue Tranquill to the Buck linebacker spot. There is a good discussion to be had about the merits of moving Tranquill, but the buzz around Simon is real. Generally left out of the discussion when discussing Notre Dame’s top 4-5 players, Simon could be a major coup for Kelly and the defensive staff.

A Late Offer At Running Back

With the dismissals of CJ Holmes and Deon McIntosh, plus the move of Josh Adams to the NFL, in a week Notre Dame lost three running backs and are left with only three on scholarship on the roster. And that includes early enrollee Jahmir Smith. Not a great situation.

Notre Dame moved quickly and offered C’Bo Flemister, out of Georgia, who is currently committed to Georgia Tech. You’ll initially notice his low ranking, a borderline three star player, but I’d encourage everyone to watch his film. He’s got pretty good speed with an aggressive one cut running style. He also has a knack for making a cut at just the moment the defense is off balance, and the first player that came to mind when watching him do that was Sony Michel out of Georgia. Not to say he is a player of that caliber, Michel was a five star player, but he is similar in style.

It’s fair to be skeptical of late offers, but I don’t see Flemister as a throwaway offer. He’s got some pretty unique skills and is a good fit given the offense he played in. He has an official visit set up in the coming weeks, so there is a legitimate chance for Notre Dame here. A really good late find for Kelly and the staff, if they can pull it off.

Rumblings And Grumblings

  • Notre Dame might be out of it for the four star safety out of Servite, CA, Julius Irvin. This may be a casualty of the Mike Elko departure, as they had a good relationship and he was his main recruiter. The loss of Elko has likely dropped Notre Dame out of the top group of teams, and this late in the game it’s hard to make up a lot of ground, especially without a position coach at the moment.
  • The Irish are apparently still in it for Solomon Tuliaupupu, the middle linebacker from Mater Dei in California, but it would be an upset if he actually ended up in South Bend. He’s heavily favored to end up at USC with his five star teammates JT Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown, but the promotion of Clark Lea to DC is keeping the Irish in this. It’s not impossible, but not something to be confident in.
  • Noted today by UHND is the visit this weekend of wide receiver Lawrence Keys. Word is he wants to wait till signing day to join a school, but Notre Dame will be pushing for a commitment this weekend, as they might run out of room for him should he wait for signing day. I like Notre Dame to end up with Keys.
  • A pair of corners, Noah Boykin and newly offered Taiyon Palmer, are still in play for the Irish, with Notre Dame trying to secure a visit with Palmer in the last weeks of the cycle. While Notre Dame went in-home with Palmer last week, if he never makes it to campus, it’s hard to take his recruitment seriously. So, the visit is what to watch for. Boykin has visited, and was previously thought to be favoring Notre Dame. But, as time has gone on, momentum has faded with him. Still, things can change quickly in recruiting, and Notre Dame remains a legit possibility. Just guessing, I’d think Boykin was the better possibility, as Notre Dame has a longer history with him.

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  1. Greg Kelly 2 years ago

    Stastically over the top. Performance, mooning in the end zone was exemplary, told it all. Tim Brown is a role model. My great great uncle coached Ty Cobb. He actually got Him to two World Series ( Tigers, lost them both) when He left to join His buddy John McGraw , Cobb never got in another World Series. .

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  2. Greg Kelly 2 years ago

    PP, Pats in blowout, 42-17. Iggles down with the flu. I’m a bean dip guy.

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  3. Greg Kelly 2 years ago

    Randy Moss a ND and Fla. St. reject makes it into the Hall. What a SHAM! NFL , all about the almighty dollar.

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    1. Michael the Archangel 2 years ago

      It’s not about character references; it’s about performance on the field.
      If it was about character, racists like Ty Cobb wouldn’t be enshrined either.
      Speaking of “it’s all about the money”, have you noticed what’s been happening in the WH and the Congress? Football players are not “role models”, they’re athletes, flawed -just like our most recognized politicians. I’m sure you’ve noticed. It runs deeper than the NFL; football, be it on the college or pro level, is just a symptom of the greed that pervades and oversees. Follow the money is the guiding mantra.

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  4. Positive Pete 2 years ago

    Gents:
    Who do you like in the Super Bowl this weekend? I am hosting a party and plan to break out my Positive Pete Nacho Sunrise Dip for all to enjoy!!!!! It is always a party hit??? Please let me know if you have any great recipes to offer (i.e. Dips, Wing Sauces, flat breads, etc…). I was thinking of a Super Bowl Themed Fondu option but as one of my besties says “when it comes to Fondus, I say FonDONT. It is too messy). I am a little nervous that my party favorites may not be enough as it is my first Super Bowl Party. I have nerves galore!!! Wish me luck gang ???. Keep those recipe suggestions coming!!!!! Go Irish!!!!!

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    1. jeff 2 years ago

      Girl Scout Cookie Medicinal Brownies were a hit at my Xmas party. You should keep it simple and serve Tide Pods.

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  5. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

    2014: FOLSTON 175-889 5.1 PER CARRY, CAM MAC 77-278 3.6 PER CARRY, GREG BRYANT 54-289 5.4 PER CARRY, CJ PROCISE 10-126 12.6 YPC. FROM RBS 1582YRDS 5.0 YRD PER CARRY! FROM THESE FUTURE ALL- AMERICANS ( NOT ONE ) ALL-PROS ( NOT ONE ) NFL STAR ( NOT ONE ) NOW NAME THE 5 STAR O-LINEMAN FROM THOSE YEARS? NONE!!! ALL 3 AND COUPLE 4 STARS. ID SAY A TEAM THAT AVERAGES 5 YARDS OR MORE A CARRY FROM 2012 TO 2014 IS DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!!! LETS JUST WORRY ABOUT 2018 GO IRISH!!!

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    1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

      In the offensive line area, timing and strength are both important, as a unit and as individuals. We have big losses to make up there. Balis will help there, but what about the timing? We have an awesome record as home openers in that stadium…so percentages say we beat Michigan. But what if the line stutters after that?
      The good news is we won’t need many points (by modern football standards) because of our defense. And with our field goal kicker advantage, we’re good to go.
      In this way I could be like Positive Pete…I think our “O” will score a lot. But I’ve been wrong before. In the mail room in the Administration Building, where I had my “student job” that all “fac brats” did, Carl Borcsh (God bless him) said at the beginning of every year “There goes Curme again, leading us down the garden path with the rose colored glasses”

      BGC ’77 ’82

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    2. southside 2 years ago

      Agree Crazy Mike , let’s move on to 2018. There is a 5 star O-Lineman out of Tampa , Florida–who is going to announce his choice between U of Florida and Notre Dame on Feb 7th. This is huge–if he goes IRISH. Sure , we need a running back –but this grab of a 5 star O-Lineman can’t be beat.

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      1. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

        AGREED SS that 5 star would b so sweet to get for this class!! And your right either way WE NEED A RB!!! GO IRISH!!!

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  6. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

    2013 C MCDANIEL 12-705 YARDS 4.6 PER CARRY, ATKINSON 93-555 6.0 PER CARRY, FOLSTON88-470 5.3 PER CARRY, AMIR CARLISLE 47-204 4.3 PER CARRY !! SEASON TOTAL FROM RBS 1934YRDS 5.0 PER CARRY!! 5 YRDS PER ATT. AS A TEAM!! THATS GREAT WITH THESE FUTURE ALL-PROS?

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  7. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

    STALEY,NELSON,MCGLINCHY AND CHRIS MARTIN WERE ALL FRESHMAN WHEN HH GOT THEM!! 3 OF 4 1ST RD MARTIN 3RD ROUND STARTED EVERY GAME FOR TEXANS AT CENTER LAST 2 YEARS B4 GETTING HURT!! I GUESS DEFENCES WERENT PUTTING 8 MEN IN THE BOX FROM 2012 TO 2014 RESPECTING THE PASSING GAME OF EVERIT GOLSON ( HA HA ) AND TOMMY REES!! THANK GOD 4 KIZERS ARM AND ;RUNNING IN 15!!!

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  8. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

    I ALSO FAILED TO MENTION IF BVG’S DEFENSE COULD HAVE STOPPED STANFORD FROM DRIVING 50 YARDS DOWN THE FIELD WITH 35 SECONDS AND NO TIMEOUTS TO KICK A FIELD GOAL AS TIME EXPIRED THE IRISH AND HH WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE 2015 PLAYOFFS!! THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN 11-1 AND GAURANTEED A SPOT. BUT WE ALL KNEW THAT RIGHT

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    1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

      BVG’s defense (and so did BVG I suppose) saw some wide open tight end beat them badly 10-20 yards downfield at least three times that I remember in the first half. So where was the adjustment? How does a tight end get open late in the second half by so wide a part of the field? Again, for the last time, the catch is made 15 yards or so downfield with no defender in the TV screen (from any angle). A lack of adjustment at halftime during that period drove me crazy.

      BGC ’77 ’82

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      1. Michael the Archangel 2 years ago

        Little situational substitution was a hallmark of BVGs tenure. Why was Schmidt not replaced by another DB when it was obvious all Stanford had time for was desperation passes? Because Joe “really knew the defense.” Unfortunately, so did opposing coaches when they played against ND. I hope Lea continues the Elko strategy of pressuring opponents’ QBs like he did vs. LSU in the Citrus Bowl when that game was on the line. No late game “prevent you from winning D’ ” that I used to watch on Saturdays with ND and then on Sundays with Lovey and the Bears. If you’re going to lose, at least go down aggressively.

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    2. Michael the Archangel 2 years ago

      OPening game . . .2019 season – at Louisville vs BVG DC Louisville if Petrino and BVG are still employed there!

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      1. southside 2 years ago

        MTA , thanks for that alert of Irish versus Louisville in 2019. I live ’bout 2 throws of a possum road kill in Crockett country. I hope the news of game time start is announced soon.

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    3. southside 2 years ago

      Again , read the posts. HH O-line had two years of a good running game — 2015 and 2017. Not denying that. You can blame the BVG defense , Kelly , The Qb’s , Jack & Jill , The Menedez Brothers , Rudy or your neighbor next door–but don’t tell me HH is the annointed God of O-Line from 2012 to 2017. Do you even remember HH as the O-line coach in 2012 or the running backs , or the rushing stats in 2012 ? Betcha remember Manti Te’o and the Defense that got Irish to the NC , the field goal that beat Pitt , the goal line stand versus Stanford. How bout 2013 , 2014 any reccolection of HH making head lines as an O-Line Guru coach ?

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      1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

        That’s true Southside. The offense certainly did not lead the way in 2012!

        BGC ’77 ’82

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      2. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

        Yes I do remember the RB,S FROM 2012 HERE THEY ARE……GEORGE ATKINSON..51CARRIES 361 YARDS 5TD 7.1 YRDS A CARRY, CAM MCDANIEL 23-125 1TD 5.4 YRDS ……..THEO RIDDICK..190-917 YRDS 5TDS..4.8 YRDS, CIERE WOOD 114-742YRDS 4TDS 6.5 YRDS A CARRY!!! TEAM TOTAL 2145 YRDS 15 TDS AND A 5.5 YRD PER CARRY! 179 YRDS A GAME! NOT BAD HUH!! DIDNT BOTHER TO CK GOLSON OR REES PASSING % OR TD PASSES BUT BY MEMORY THIS TEAM RAN THE BALL TO THE TITLE GAME!! YES THE D WAS GREAT!!! HH ALSO GOT STALEY, NELSON, C.MARTIN,MCGLINCHY AND ZACH MARTIN AS A SOPHMORE NOT A BAD BATCH HE TRAINED!!

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  9. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

    IF YOUR THE #1 O-LINE IN THE COUNTRY, A FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN, A SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN, 2 O-LINEMAN GOING IN THE FIRST RD. OF THE NFL DRAFT AND A RB. WHO AT 1 POINT WAS TOP 3 HIESMAN AND BROKE THE FRESHMAN RUSHING RECORD AND WOULD HAVE BROKEN ALL TIME RUSHING RECORD! MAYBE THE PROBLEM IS SOMEWHERE ELSE. ( CHECK THE QB PASSING %, DID U WATCH THE GAMES LAST YEAR) ALSO HH WAS THE O-LINE COACH IN 2012 WHEN THE IRISH WENT TO THE NAT. CHAMPION. GAME. DURING HIS TIME NAME THE GREAT 5-STAR QB, RB, OR WR. WEVE HAD WHO COULD KEEP THE OPOSING DEF. ON THERE HEELS

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    1. david 2 years ago

      Shoelaces are tricky.

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  10. duranko 2 years ago

    As one would expect with the staff and Polian, Elston and Rees the Elder in place, the ’19 recruiting season has a nice startWallace is a highly regarded CB from Georgia.

    ’19 needs to be a big DL year, with AT LEAST 6 required, 8 advisable, and the Irish may hit that target.

    Otherwise, we ought rekindle the hot stove league.

    I’ll start, and then duck.

    My surprise defensive player for ’18 is Ade Ogundeji. Year three for a raw talent, but hiw weight room work and Elstonian nurturing should bring him along to help Hayes, Hayes, Kareem and Okwara. Enough snaps? Well the great Bill Walsh opined that the key to winning championship football games is being able to sustain a pass rusn in the fourth quarter.

    My most improved defensive player nominee is Shaun Crawford, who had a blazing start and then tailed off. Remember he’d been injured for two years, and probably needs another offseason of weights and conditioning to sustain his top level of play (ask Dantonio) through a full 12 game schedule.

    My nominee for most improved offensive player is Brandon Wimbush. A year ago, he’d barely met Chip Long and Tommy Rees. this is not a riskless pick, but I’ll put my chips on Wimbush.

    My nominee for surprise offensive player is Michael Young. That td against LSU is a sign that he can play, and now he knows his way around. Check the Frosh-soph progress liines of Will Fuller, Equanimeous St. Brown and Chase Claypool.

    Have at it!

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    1. Michael the Archangel 2 years ago

      Duranko,
      If you hit on those three, ND will have a chance at another 10 win campaign; even better if Wimbush improves dramatically.
      SB Sportswriter Tyler James asked several key questions whose answers could measure potential success nearly as much as Wimbush could:
      Will Quinn sustain a dominant OL without McGlinchey and Nelson, and keep a pipeline of elites coming?
      Will Coach Joseph develop the many safeties already at ND into a more dominant group?
      Will DC Lea master co-ordinating the entire D’ now that he’s proven his skill at maximizing LB impact?

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      1. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

        One Question TYLER forgot to ask, WILL DAVID STILL WHINE LIKE A BITCH IN :18 AS HE DID IN : 17? OF COURSE SHE WILL!!!!

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      2. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

        You know guys, I was at ND as a student in 75 when it got loud from the stands, especially the student stands, about a QB “controversy”…I remember some drunk (student) behind me bellowing “give him his diploma, send in Montana” when a QB majoring in Architecture was in there…it was a five year program then for your undergraduate degree.
        We don’t want to go there again. And it got louder all year.

        BGC ’77 ’82

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      3. duranko 2 years ago

        Our safeties would be better with the mere eligibility of Alohi Gilman. Kelly said that Gilman would have started.

        So you have the three veterans, Coleman, Studstill and Elliott.
        You have sophs Genmark Heath and Isaiah Robertson
        You have an emergency/special teams player in Fertita
        You have a puzzle in D. J. Morgan

        Then you have Moala and Derrick Allen.

        There are no sure things, but the guaranteed improvement in our safety corps is as close to a sure thing as you could get.

        It seems, here in the hot stove league, that Safety and DE are the two most stocked positions on the defense.

        More and more, I get less excited about who the starters are and more excited about who’s in the two-three deep.

        Other than at LB, and somewhat at DT, we have a very deep defense.

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  11. duranko 2 years ago

    As one would expect with the staff and Polian, Elston and Rees the Elder in place, the ’19 recruiting season has a nice startWallace is a highly regarded CB from Georgia.

    ’19 needs to be a bid DL year, with AT LEAST 6 required, 8 advisable, and the Irish may hit that target.

    Otherwise, we ought rekindle the hot stove league.

    I’ll start, and then duck.

    My surprise defensive player for ’18 is Ade Ogundeji. Year three for a raw talent, but hiw weight room work and Elstonian nurturing should bring him along to help Hayes, Hayes, Kareem and Okwara. Enough snaps? Well the great Bill Walsh opined that the key to winning championship football games is being able to sustain a pass rusn in the fourth quarter.

    My most improved defensive player nominee is Shaun Crawford, who had a blazing start and then tailed off. remember he’d been injured for two years, and probably needs another offseason of weights and conditioning to sustain his top level of play (ask Dantonio) through a full 12 game schedule.

    My nominee for most improved offensive player is Brandon Wimbush. A year ago, he’d barely met Chip Long and Tommy Rees. this is not a riskless pick, but I’ll put my chips on Wimbush.

    My nominee for surprise offensive player is Michael Young. That td against LSU is a sign that he can play, and now he knows his way around. Check the Frosh-soph progress liines of Will Fuller, Equanimeous St. Brown and Chase Claypool.

    Have at it!

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  12. southside 2 years ago

    I’ve said it before and say it again. Harry Heistead O-Line coach had an up/down resume when it came to his stint at ND. My problem with him is , despite his talent of producing NFL talent–was his failure to keep a unit to perform in sync on the playing field on a consistant basis under his reign as O-Line coach. Signs of a good O- Line coach is the running game. There are only two years under Kelly and O-Line coach HH –that produced a running attack worthy of elite status among top College Programs. That would be 2015 with Adams/Procise and 2017 with Adams&host of RB’s. My point is —where were was the O-line in 2016 or the other years under HH ? No doubt , if I recall numerous posters on here questioned the O-Line performance under HH—The atrocious pass blocking and the failure to produce a running game. You can give HH all the accolades on producing NFL players—but when it came to on the field success on college level — I’ll give him a 3 star. As far as this new O-Line coach Quinn—I wouldn’t be so quick to judge him—if you are comparing him to HH. Quinn has a good resume/back ground in O-Line production–which hopefully translates into a whole unit of O-line players—instead of just a few like Mcglinchy/Nelson or the Martin brothers.

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    1. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

      WOW THATS HARD TO BELIEVE SS!! HE,S BEEN OFFERD A NFL JOB EVERY YEAR HE WAS HERE!! HE TAKES 3STAR LINEMAN AND TURNS THEM INTO VERY GOOD NFL LINEMAN!! QUINN HAS HAD ON THE JOB TRAINING WITH HH LETS HOPE QUINN IS A GOOD LEARNER AND TEACHER!

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      1. southside 2 years ago

        crazymike , read your post again “He takes 3 Star lineman and turns them into very good NFL lineman.” Where do you say he takes a College O-line as a unit to a playoff/NC ?

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      2. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

        2012 I think, Southside.

        BGC
        La Crosse, Indiana

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  13. Greg Kelly 2 years ago

    Wish full thinking News flash, Kenjon Barner ( ex Notre Damer*) returns kickoff to beat Patriots in Lll.
    * Notre Dame of Riverside, Calif. ” Titans” . To bad Kai Forbath also Notre Dame Knights of Sherman Oaks didn’t get a chance. If Brady has the time he can put on a udder deflating demonstration. He can change the cadence to ” Browerville, Browerville”

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