Visits

Notre Dame’s defensive line class for 2019 is off to an excellent start.  The Irish will be hoping to add to that haul next month when they will officially host another 4-star defensive lineman – Dallas native NaNa Osafo Mensah.

The brother Osafo-Mensah is referencing is Notre Dame commitment and fellow defensive lineman Hunter Spears.  Spears committed to Notre Dame last week joining Jacob Lacey to give Notre Dame a pair of 4-star defensive line commits for 2019.  The Irish will be hoping that Osafo-Mensah becomes #3 on his visit.

NaNa Osafo-Mensah is a 4-star defensive end prospect from Dallas, Texas.  247Sports ranks him as the #7 weakside defensive end in the country and the #110 overall prospect regardless of position.  Weakside DE was the one position that Notre Dame swung and missed on in the class of 2018 making this a rather important early official visit for the class of 2019.

Osafo-Mensah also has offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and USC among a host of other big time programs.  In short, he is a big-time talent who can play pretty much anywhere he wants to.

This won’t be the first time NaNa Osafo-Mensah will be on Notre Dame’s campus.  He was on hand for Notre Dame’s successful Junior Day at the end of January.

Notre Dame did an excellent job getting a lot of talented defensive linemen on campus that weekend.  At the time, only Lacey was the only defensive lineman committed, but since then Spears joined him, and now Osafo-Mensah is making a return visit.  This time for an official visit now that recruits can take official visits in the spring.

Remember, this is the first year that recruits can take official visits between April and June.  Previously official visits couldn’t take place until September of the recruit’s senior season.

There’s a lot of positive momentum here for Notre Dame obviously with the defensive linemen who visited in January all hitting it off and now Osafo-Mensah visiting Notre Dame officially along with the Irish’s most recent commitment Hunter Spears.  Should Notre Dame made a major move here, it would obviously be huge for Notre Dame.

According to 247Sports, NaNa Osafo-Mensah will announce his college decision on May 19.

Notre Dame is still working hard to fill up the class of 2018 even with the 21 already signed recruits from the early signing period.  The Irish will be hosting three prospects they hope will add to that total this weekend.  Here’s a quick look at who the Irish currently have on campus.

Jarrett Patterson (4-star OT)

Notre Dame just offered the one time Arizona State commit and California native last month so getting him on campus so quickly is already a small win in this fight for the Irish.  Patterson is down to Notre Dame, UCLA, and Michigan.  If Notre Dame wasn’t looking for a new offensive line coach at the moment following Harry Hiestand’s NFL departure, there would be much more reason for optimism here.  Obviously it’s good to have him on campus this weekend, but without a position coach currently on staff as the Irish look to replace Hiestand, Notre Dame is up against some tough odds here.

Notre Dame is also still heavily recruiting Nicholas Petit-Frere at offensive tackle to add to Jon Dirksen, Cole Mabry, and Luke Jones.

Lawrence Keys (3-star WR)

Notre Dame would love to add another wide receiver to trio of Braden Lenzy, Micah Jones, and Kevin Austin and Keys has been at the top of this list for a while.  The Louisiana native is a dynamic athlete who could be a perfect compliment to the class to play out of the slot. Keys isn’t a pure speed demon, but he is a good route runner and a great athlete similar to a TJ Jones type receiver.   If Notre Dame were to add Keys to go with the Jones, Lenzy, and Austin; the Irish would have their best set of receivers in a single class in a long, long time.

Moro Ojomo (3-star DT)

Ojomo got his recruiting off to a late start which bodes well for Notre Dame after the Irish got in on the Texas native late in the game.  Notre Dame offered Ojomo last month with the Irish joining Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas, and TCU in their pursuit.  That kind of offer list isn’t very indicative of a 3-star prospect.  Ojomo is a late riser though who saw his profile skyrocket as a senior this fall.  Notre Dame is up against some very strong competition here and Notre Dame has struggled pulling recruits out of Texas in recent years.

Notre Dame already signed Ja’mion Franklin and Jayson Ademilola on the interior of the defensive line in this class, but adding another would be nice given the departure of Brandon Tiassum and Elijah Taylor from the program earlier this week due to dismissal (Tiassum) and transfers (Taylor).

Notre Dame has the most work to do with Patterson and Ojomo at this point while Keys is the most likely addition.  None of three, however, are close to a lock for Notre Dame right now so the Irish staff has some work to do this weekend.  And remember, Notre Dame entered January 2017 with a lot of ground to make up with prospects like Kofi Wardlow and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and both ended up at Notre Dame in the end.