Notre Dame

Notre Dame extended scholarship offers to 164 recruits in the 2020 class.

Notre Dame signed 17 players in 2020, tying the 2012 class for its smallest recruiting haul under head coach Brian Kelly.

None of Kelly’s other nine classes comprised fewer than 21 signees. So how does Notre Dame’s 2020 class compare with the average (2019 with 22 signees) and the anomaly (2018 with 27 signees)?

ND Insider extensively tracked those past three cycles and compared the number of scholarship offers extended, campus visits and more. All numbers are based off ND Insider reports and not official numbers provided by Notre Dame. Some of the metrics below were not used in the stories for the 2018 and 2019 classes.

Deposed cornerback signee Landen Bartleson did not figure into any of the calculations or numbers. Here are the 2018 (click here) and 2019 (click here) stories for reference. 

Scholarship offers

• 164: Approximate number of recruits who reportedly received offers from Notre Dame in the 2020 cycle. Some offers aren’t reported publicly. Other reported offers could be miscommunications (181 in 2018; 200 in 2019).

• 1: Notre Dame signees who reported an Irish offer before his sophomore season (quarterback Drew Pyne). Quarterback Phil Jurkovec (2018) and nose guard Jacob Lacey (2019) garnered an offer before or during their sophomore seasons in the last two classes.

• 7: Signees who reported a Notre Dame offer before their junior season (5 in 2018; 5 in 2019).

• 17: Signees who reported a Notre Dame offer before their senior season (22 in 2018; 20 in 2019).

• 0: Signees who reported a Notre Dame offer during their senior year (5 in 2018; 2 in 2019).

Campus visits

The 2019 calendar year marked the second time junior recruits could take official visits in April, May and June. Recruits previously had to wait until their senior year to take official visits.

• 86: Recruits with offers who visited Notre Dame (81 in 2018; 101 in 2019).

• 26: Recruits who made official visits to Notre Dame (44 in 2018; 35 in 2019).

• 20: Recruits who made official visits to Notre Dame before their senior seasons (16 in 2018).

• 17: Notre Dame signees who made official visits (27 in 2018; 21 in 2019).

• 65: Percentage of official visitors who ended up signing with Notre Dame (61 in 2018; 60 in 2019).

• 10: Notre Dame signees who were already committed before making official visits (15 in 2018; 11 in 2019).

• 16: Recruits not committed to Notre Dame at the time of their official visit (29 in 2018; 24 in 2019).

• 7: Recruits who committed to Notre Dame after an official visit (12 in 2018; 10 in 2019).

• 44: Percentage of undecided official visitors who committed to Notre Dame after making in official visit (41 in 2018; 42 in 2019).

Event visits

Notre Dame’s biggest recruiting events in the last few years have been night games, junior days, recruiting camps, the Blue-Gold Game and offseason official visit weekends. The numbers below are in reference to those events.

• 14: Irish signees who attended one of Notre Dame’s big recruiting events prior to committing (13 in 2018; 16 in 2019).

• 5: Signees who attended a night game prior to committing (8 in 2018; 9 in 2019).

• 5: Signees who attended a junior day prior to committing (5 in 2018; 6 in 2019).

• 5: Signees who attended an offseason official visit weekend prior to committing (6 in 2019).

• 4: Signees who attended a recruiting camp prior to committing — Pyne (2017), tight end Michael Mayer (2018), offensive lineman Michael Carmody (2018) and wide receiver Jay Brunelle (2019).

• 1: Signee who attended the 2019 Blue-Gold Game prior to committing (3 in 2019): defensive end Jordan Botelho.

More visit notes

Notre Dame’s night games in the 2018 season were its most successful recruiting events for the 2020 class.

Defensive lineman Rylie Mills and Carmody attended the Michigan game. Wide receiver Xavier Watts and defensive lineman Aidan Keanaaina were present for the Stanford game. All four took those visits prior to committing.

• 2: Signees who attended the Dec. 15, 2018 junior day prior to committing (running back Chris Tyree and offensive lineman Tosh Baker).

• 2: Signees who attended the March 3, 2018 junior day prior to committing (defensive lineman Rylie Mills and wide receiver Jordan Johnson). They both also took an April 5-7 official visit before pledging.

• 2: Signees who attended Notre Dame’s June 21-23 official visit weekend prior to committing (cornerback Caleb Offord and Watts).

• 2: Signees who attended one of Notre Dame’s 2017 home night games. Pyne visited for Georgia. Mills trekked to the Miami (Ohio) game.

• 6: Signees who attended a Notre Dame home game prior to committing (15 in 2019).

Time commitment

• 33.2: Average number of days following a visit that resulted in a Notre Dame signee’s verbal commitment (28.6 in 2018; 20.6 in 2019).

• 17: Median number of days following a visit that resulted in a signee’s commitment (10 in 2018; 10 in 2019).

• 2: Signees who committed during or by the end of a visit (8 in 2018; 2 in 2019).

• 5: Signees who committed within a week following a visit (12 in 2018; 7 in 2019).

• 11: Signees who committed within a month following a visit (19 in 2018; 15 in 2019).

• 5: Signees who committed more than 40 days after their previous visit (5 in 2019). Baker took 39 days. Keanaaina took the longest to commit following a visit, lasting 137 days.

• 3: Signees who committed before their junior year (5 in 2018; 1 in 2019).

• 16: Signees who committed before their senior year (15 in 2018; 16 in 2019).

• 1: Signee who committed during his senior year (12 in 2018; 5 in 2019) — cornerback Ramon Henderson.

Commitment flips

Notre Dame did not lose a commit to another program or flip a recruit pledged elsewhere, keeping the following numbers the same in the Kelly Era:

• 51: Signees who were committed elsewhere before Notre Dame.

• 29: Former commits who signed elsewhere.

Recruiting competition

Of the 164 recruits in the 2020 class who received Notre Dame scholarship offers, only three have not signed with a Power Five program.

Running back Zach Evans and wide receiver Antonio Barber have not signed with a school. Linebacker Jaheim Thomas signed with Cincinnati. Running back Miles Friday — not counted in this process despite earning an Irish offer — reclassified to the 2021 class.

Ohio State (13) signed the most Notre Dame targets. The 144 non-Irish signees are broken down below.

SEC (43; 49 in 2019): Georgia (9), Florida (6), Alabama (5), Auburn (5), South Carolina (4), Texas A&M (3), LSU (3), Kentucky (3), Tennessee (2), Ole Miss (1), Arkansas (1), Vanderbilt (1).

Big 10 (41; 50 in 2019): Ohio State (13), Michigan (8), Penn State (6), Northwestern (3), Nebraska (2), Purdue (2), Minnesota (2), Wisconsin (2), Michigan State (1), Illinois (1), Iowa (1).

PAC-12 (25; 34 in 2019): Washington (5), Oregon (4), Arizona State (4), USC (3), Stanford (3), California (2), Colorado (2), Utah (2).

ACC (25; 18 in 2019): Clemson (10), Miami (3), Georgia Tech (3), Florida State (2), Virginia (2), NC State (1), Boston College (1), North Carolina (1), Pittsburgh (1), Louisville (1).

Big 12 (10; 23 in 2019): Texas (5), Oklahoma (4), TCU (1).

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