Notre Dame extends 2017 offers around signing day


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

National Signing Day for the 2016 class hasn't distracted Notre Dame from moving forward.

The Irish continue to look for candidates to join their 2017 recruiting. The class already consists of five verbal commits and ranks No. 6 in the country according to 247Sports.

Six new Notre Dame offers were reported by recruits this week. Here's a rundown of those top prospects:

• DE Zachary Carter, 6-4, 234; Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough.

Rivals rankings: Four stars, No. 2 strongside defensive end.

247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 6 strongside defensive end.

Top offers: Florida, Clemson, Miami, Auburn, Ohio State, Oklahoma.

• RB Trey Sermon, 6-0, 200; Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry.

247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 4 running back.

Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 10 running back.

Top offers: Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford.

• RB J.K. Dobbins, 5-9, 184; La Grange (Texas) High.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 2 all-purpose back.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 3 all-purpose back.

Top offers: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Stanford, Arkansas.

•WR Trey Blount, 6-2, 195; Atlanta Pace Academy.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 48 wide receiver.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 41 wide receiver.

Top offers: Alabama, Georgia, Michigan State, Auburn.

• LB/DE Jaelan Phillips, 6-5, 230; Redlands (Calif.) East Valley.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 20 weakside defensive end.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 13 outside linebacker.

Top offers: Stanford, USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon.

• RB Stephen Carr, 6-0, 180; Fontana (Calif.) Summit.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 2 all-purpose back.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 8 running back.

Committed to USC.