Seven Notre Dame commits in Rivals 250 for 2018 class


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Count Rivals among those taking note of Notre Dame’s hot start to the 2018 recruiting class.

When the recruiting service released its updated Rivals 250 for the 2018 class on Tuesday, the list included seven Notre Dame commitments. Four of the Irish pledges on the list committed to Notre Dame in February.

Newcomer Derrik Allen has become the highest-ranked Irish commit. Rivals pegs Allen as the No. 40 overall recruit in the 2018 class and the No. 3 safety.

Quarterback Phil Jurkovec, Notre Dame’s longest-standing commitment in the class, ranks behind Allen at No. 59 overall. Rivals slates Jurkovec as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback.

Cornerback Kalon Gervin, who committed to the Irish on Feb. 13, rounded out the top 100. Rivals ranks him as the No. 11 cornerback and No. 100 overall.

Linebacker Bo Bauer remains ranked as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the class. He dropped eight spots in the overall ranking to No. 111.

Micah Jones received the higher ranking of Notre Dame’s two new wide receiver commits. Rivals slates Jones as the No. 27 wide receiver and No. 174 overall.

Braden Lenzy, the other Irish wide receiver commit, was pegged as the No. 21 athlete and No. 203 overall.

Running back Markese Stepp earned the final spot for the Irish. Rivals ranks him as the No. 12 running back and No. 214 overall.

All seven Irish commits ranked in the Rivals 250 are rated as four-star recruits. The complete Rivals 250 can be found here.

The Rivals 250 includes 20 five-star recruits. Six of them have already visited Notre Dame: OL Jackson Carman (No. 4 overall), WR Jalen Hall (6), RB Zamir White (7), OL Jamaree Salyer (9), DB Tyreke Johnson (10) and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (12).

Rivals still ranks Notre Dame’s class of 11 commitments as the No. 2 class in the country behind only Penn State.

Notre Dame wide receiver signee Braden Lenzy (pictured) and safety signee Paul Moala will play in Saturday's Polynesian Bowl. (Photo courtesy of The Oregonian/PETE CHRISTOPHER)