Talented California recruits visiting Notre Dame on Friday

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

California recruits typically have to wait to use official visits for trips to Notre Dame.

Finding the time and money for travel arrangements to South Bend can complicate the opportunities to visit Notre Dame. A local seven-on-seven tournament will eliminate those obstacles and allow several California recruits to visit on Friday.

The California-based B2G Sports training program will host a seven-on-seven tournament in East Chicago on Saturday and Sunday. Teams expected to compete in the tournament include Core 6 Athletes from the Chicago area and Athletes With Purpose from Fort Wayne, both of which have produced numerous current and former Irish football players.

B2G will also bring its own teams to compete in the tournament, but will first make a trip to South Bend on Friday to tour Notre Dame. The group made a similar trip to Miami last weekend.

The California crew is loaded with talent and includes four recruits who already claim Notre Dame offers: wide receiver Javon McKinley and cornerback Troy Warner in the 2016 class and 2017 wide receivers Osiris St. Brown and Joseph Lewis.

Safety D.J. Morgan tops the list of remaining prospects also expected to make it to campus. Here’s a rundown of the top visitors.

2016 WR Javon McKinley, 6-2, 189; Corona Centennial: The four-star recruit reported a Notre Dame offer in December. McKinley earned an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as one of the top wide receivers in the country. 247Sports slates him No. 14 at the position and No. 101 overall. Rivals ranks him as the No. 15 wide receiver and No. 80 regardless of position.

McKinley, who said he is being recruited by Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, also claims offers from USC, UCLA, Stanford and Ohio State, among others. He caught 91 passes for 1,906 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season.

2016 CB Troy Warner, 6-2, 185; San Marcos Mission Hills: Oregon landed Warner’s verbal commitment earlier this month following an offer and visit. The Irish, who offered Warner in February, will get a chance to give him something else to think about this weekend.

“Growing up, Oregon was my dream school,” Warner said. “When I went to visit, I felt like I fit in. I felt like I had a great opportunity to be successful there and play early on. I loved everything about the campus and the practices were my kind of thing. I fell in love with it all.”

247Sports slates Warner as a four-star recruit and the No. 8 cornerback in the 2016 class. Rivals rates him as a three-star prospect and No. 25 at the position.

2017 WR Osiris St. Brown, 6-0, 170; Anaheim Servite: The younger brother of incoming freshman wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is also expected on campus. Osiris St. Brown reported a Notre Dame offer in January before his older brother signed with the Irish.

Osiris St. Brown, a four-star recruit, already claims eight offers including Miami, Michigan and Utah. 247Sports slates St. Brown as the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 17 overall in the 2017 class. He caught 19 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore.

2017 WR Joseph Lewis, 6-2, 190; Los Angeles Hawkins: The four-star recruit has already collected offers from Los Angeles rivals USC and UCLA in addition to 10 other schools. After Lewis caught 37 passes for 978 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore, 247Sports pegged him as the No. 7 wide receiver and No. 32 regardless of position in the 2017 class.

2016 S D.J. Morgan, 6-3, 200; Bellflower St. John Bosco: A Notre Dame offer could throw a wrinkle in Morgan’s plan. The safety prospect plans to announce his college decision on May 20 with one of his six offers — California, Nebraska, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Utah and Colorado State — receiving his verbal commitment.

“If they offer, it would definitely be a wild card thrown in there,” Morgan said. “If not, I kind of already know where I want to go.”

Rivals rates Morgan as a four-star recruit and the No. 24 athlete. 247Sports slates him as a three-star prospect and the No. 36 safety


The following recruits are also expected to be a part of the B2G group visiting Notre Dame:

2016 S Chacho Ulloa

2016 LB Jacob Colacion

2016 QB Patrick O’Brien

2017 WR Taariq Johnson

2017 TE Jimmy Jaggers | 574-235-6214| Twitter: @TJamesNDI

2017 wide receiver target Osiris St. Brown (left), the younger brother of incoming freshman Equanimeous St. Brown, will visit Notre Dame on Friday with his seven-on-seven team from California. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)