The first stage of the three-week recruiting frenzy that’s undergoing nationally comes to an end this weekend.
The dead period — which prohibits recruits from making campus visits and coaches from visiting high schools and recruits’ homes — begins Monday and lasts through mid-January. Because the college football regular season ended two weeks ago, coaching staffs around the country hit the recruiting trail hard before the upcoming dead period.
Irish head coach Brian Kelly and his assistants traveled to at least the following states: Texas, California, Georgia, Nebraska, Missouri, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, Colorado, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois, Virginia, Massachusetts and Michigan.
Landing uncommitted cornerback Ramon Henderson initially ranked first on Notre Dame’s recruiting objectives. Henderson, a Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty product out of the 2020 class, first hosted Kelly, special teams coordinator Brian Polian and defensive coordinator Clark Lea for an in-home visit on Dec. 4. Then defensive pass game coordinator Terry Joseph visited Henderson on Dec. 10.
Once news surfaced that Notre Dame and offensive coordinator Chip Long mutually parted ways, the Irish turned their focus to appeasing their 2020 commits on offense. Notre Dame’s coaching staff spent the week contacting and/or visiting every offensive commit.
Offensive linemen Tosh Baker and Michael Carmody, quarterback Drew Pyne, wide receivers Xavier Watts, Jay Brunelle and Jordan Johnson, tight ends Kevin Bauman and Michael Mayer and running back Chris Tyree have since indicated that they remain firm on their commitments and plan to sign on the first day of next week’s three-day signing period, Dec. 18.
Irish running backs coach Lance Taylor did more than just secure Tyree's commitment in May and reaffirm the speedster's status this week. He also checked in on three of the top running backs in the 2021 class these past couple weeks: Matthews (N.C.) Weddington's Will Shipley, Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial's Camar Wheaton and West Bloomfield (Mich.) High's Donovan Edwards.
All three hold high interest in Notre Dame. Edwards is visiting South Bend this weekend. The Irish coaching staff also welcomed a handful of other high school players for the final recruiting visit weekend of 2019.
They first attended the Echoes Awards banquet on Friday night. Then they watched the first bowl practice permitted to the Irish this postseason. AP No. 14 Notre Dame (10-2) will challenge Iowa State (7-5) in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla.
The following recruits visited Notre Dame this weekend for the Echoes Award banquet and the first Irish bowl practice.
RB Donovan Edwards
CB Ceyair Wright
WR Deion Colzie
OL Blake Fisher
QB Ron Powlus III
WR Tyler Morris
OL Carson Hinzman
WR Reggie Fleurima
Big thank you to you guys for stopping by this evening!! Can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life ☘️ pic.twitter.com/QP6mKuYCvn— Chris Tyree4️⃣ (@chris_tyree4) December 13, 2019
Had a great in home visit! Cant wait to sign and head up early. Go Irish☘️ pic.twitter.com/Es6y4VAtQp— Xavier Watts (@xavierwatts6) December 6, 2019