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.