Six Notre Dame commits make Top 247


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

247Sports unveiled its new Top 247 rankings on Wednesday following spring and summer evaluations of recruits in the 2017 class. Six Notre Dame commits made the list.

The shakeup gave tight end Cole Kmet the title of highest-ranked Irish commit according to 247Sports. The 6-5, 238-pound pledge is ranked No. 88 overall as the No. 3 tight end in the class. Kmet was previously ranked No. 218 overall.

Offensive lineman Robert Hainsey was the highest-ranked commit briefly after joining the class on July 10. His overall ranking made a slight dip down from No. 108 to No. 122. He’s ranked as the No. 5 offensive guard in the class.

Linebacker David Adams stayed steady in the rankings and moved only two spots down to No. 153 overall as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the class.

Tight end Brock Wright’s previous slide in the rankings was countered by a bump up from No. 221 to No. 184. 247Sports pegs him as the No. 6 tight end in the class.

The last two Notre Dame commits in the Top 247 will play defense for the Irish: defensive tackle Darnell Ewell and cornerback Paulson Adebo.

Ewell, Notre Dame’s latest commitment, fell from No. 181 to No. 197. 247Sports slates him as the No. 10 defensive tackle. His was pegged eighth at the position last week when he committed to the Irish.

Cornerback Paulson Adebo made his debut inside the Top 247 at No. 225. The two-way athlete is now ranked as the No. 26 cornerback in the 2017 class.

The updated rankings moved Notre Dame’s committed class to No. 7 in the country according to 247Sports. The ranking could improve if wide receiver Michael Young, a three-star recruit, increases the class size to 17 when he announces his decision Wednesday night.

The Irish are also in pursuit of several five-star recruits including offensive linemen Foster Sarell (No. 1 overall) and Trey Smith (No. 5), wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (No. 8), outside linebacker Baron Browning (No. 11), cornerback Darnay Holmes (No. 18), and defensive end Chase Young (No. 20).

The complete Top 247 can be found here.

Notre Dame tight end commit Cole Kmet makes a catch during the Irish Invasion at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, June 18, 2016. (ND Insider Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)