Notre Dame football recruiting: Hold off on hitting the panic button
places to go. Chicago is stacked with talent this year, and western
Pennsylvania is ripe because of the coaching carousel at Pitt and the
scandal at Penn State.
Tack on the traditional hotbeds of Florida, California and New Jersey,
and there's opportunity for a great class. In fact, 56 scholarship
players from last year's ND roster hail from states outside the Big
Ten, backing up the point that Notre Dame is a school that recruits
very well nationally.
"If the blueprint is written well," Lemming said, "then Notre Dame
will have another great year in recruiting, like they did two years
An important benchmark comes on March 3, when ND hosts its first
Junior Day. According to Wiltfong, a number of coveted prospects are
expected to visit, including running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill.),
defensive end/outside linebacker Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne) and
offensive tackle Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky.).
Also expected is offensive tackle Evan Lisle of Centerville, Ohio.
Lisle does not hold an ND offer but could receive one during the
visit. Wiltfong believes the Irish lead with Smith and Bivin.
According to Wiltfong, Notre Dame has extended offers to more than 100
high school juniors, and a second Junior Day will be held March 24,
three days after spring practice commences.
"Notre Dame's involved with several good players," Wiltfong said, "and
they're still going to have time to get kids on campus and they're
still going to have time to show that the program's moving in the
right direction in the fall."
Staff writer Bob Wieneke: