Eleven Notre Dame commits in latest Scout 300


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

With an opportunity to see many of the nation’s top recruits in action this fall, Scout released its latest rankings of the 2017 class Wednesday.

Eleven of Notre Dame’s 18 commitments in the class appeared in the new Scout 300.

Tight end Brock Wright maintained his spot at the top of the Irish class despite a sizable drop in the overall rankings. Previously ranked as the No. 1 tight end and No. 59 overall in the 2017 class in June’s release, Wright now sits at No. 3 for tight ends and No. 82 overall.

Linebacker David Adams was slated not far behind Wright at No. 89 overall as the No. 3 inside linebacker in the class. He received a bump up from his previous position as the No. 5 inside linebacker and No. 102 overall.

Nine more commits were slated in the top 300 but outside the top 100:

• Offensive lineman Robert Hainsey — No. 135 overall, No. 16 OT.

• Offensive lineman Josh Lugg – No. 139 overall, No. 17 OT.

• Defensive tackle Darnell Ewell – No. 150 overall, No. 8 OG.

• Quarterback Avery Davis – No. 158 overall, No. 12 QB.

• Tight end Cole Kmet – No. 176 overall, No. 4 TE.

• Running back CJ Holmes – No. 204 overall, No. 15 ATH.

• Cornerback Paulson Adebo – No. 213 overall, No. 16 ATH.

• Linebacker Pete Werner – No. 247 overall, No. 21 OLB.

• Defensive lineman Donovan Jeter – No. 300 overall, No. 30 DE.

The previous 11 players were all given four-star ratings. Offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons and safety Isaiah Robertson also received four-star ratings. The other five Irish commits (defensive tackle Kurt Hinish, linebacker Drew White, wide receivers Jordan Pouncey and Michael Young and defensive end Jonathon MacCollister) were given three-star grades.

Notre Dame’s class of 18 commitments is good for No. 4 in the country behind only Oklahoma, Ohio State and Alabama. The Sooners added a commitment from Irish linebacker target Jacob Phillips (No. 7 inside linebacker, No. 189 overall) on Wednesday.

The Irish could solidify their spot in the rankings by landing any of the top remaining Irish targets to receive a five-star rating: offensive lineman Foster Sarell (No. 2 overall), safety Devon Hunter (No. 5), cornerback Darnay Holmes (No. 9), offensive lineman Trey Smith (No. 22) and outside linebacker Baron Browning (No. 25).

The complete Scout 300 rankings can be found here.

Linebacker David Adams, a 2017 commit, attended Notre Dame's 36-28 loss to Michigan State on Sept. 17, 2016. (Tribune photo/Jared Hamsher)