Notre Dame hit the recruiting trail hard during bye week

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Last week’s bye week only provided Notre Dame’s coaching staff a reprieve from football practice. While the players were able to go home for fall break, the Irish coaches hit the road to see recruits.

The NCAA recruiting calendar allows college football staffs to use 42 evaluation days from Aug. 1 to Nov. 28 to visit schools and observe recruits. Conversations between the players and coaches are prohibited on those visits, but it allows the college coaches to make their interest known and learn more about the recruits.

The travels for Notre Dame’s coaching staff last week included two countries — thanks to Canadian wide receiver commit Chase Claypool — and reportedly 15 different states, 28 major cities and 84 high schools. ND Insider was unable to track every destination for the Irish coaching staff but did confirm many of the major visits.

Here’s a closer look at where the Notre Dame coaches were last week.

Head coach Brian Kelly

LB target Daelin Hayes – Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline

DE commit Khalid Kareem – Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison

WR target Donnie Corley – Detroit Martin Luther King Jr.

2017 WR target Donovan Peoples-Jones – Detroit Cass Tech

RB commit Tony Jones and S commit Spencer Perry – Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

S target Devin Studstill and 2017 DE target Vandarius Cowan – Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High

RB target Deon McIntosh – Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons

RB target Travis Homer – West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy

Tight ends coach Scott Booker

DB target Jordan Fuller – Old Tappan (N.J.) Northern Valley Regional

2017 TE commit Cole Kmet – Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator

WR commit Kevin Stepherson – Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast

2017 prospects Shaun Wade and D.J. Matthews – Jacksonville Trinity Christian

Associate head coach Mike Denbrock

WR commit Chase Claypool – Abbotsford (British Columbia, Canada) Secondary

DE target Oluwole Betiku and ATH target Brandon Burton – Gardena (Calif.) Serra

S commit D.J. Morgan and 2017 OL target Wyatt Davis – Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

CB target David Long Jr. – Los Angeles Loyola

2017 targets Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson and 2018 WR target Jalen Hall – Los Angeles Hawkins

Running backs coach Autry Denson

Jones and Perry – Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Studstill and Cowan – Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High

McIntosh – Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons

Homer – West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy

Linebackers coach Mike Elston

LB target Jeffrey McCulloch – Houston (Texas) Aldine Davis

DE commit Julian Okwara – Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell

LB target Jonathan Jones – Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge

Defensive line coach Keith Gilmore

Corley – Detroit Martin Luther King Jr.

Hayes – Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline

Kareem – Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison

Peoples-Jones – Detroit Cass Tech

Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand

OL commit Liam Eichenberg – Cleveland St. Ignatius

OL commit Tommy Kraemer – Cincinnati Elder

Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght

S commit Ikenna Okeke – Smyrna (Tenn.) High

S commit Jalen Elliott – Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird

Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford

QB commit Ian Book – El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge

WR target Javon McKinley – Corona (Calif.) Centennial

WR target Damian Alloway – Fontana (Calif.) Summit

2017 WR target Osiris St. Brown – Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

2017 QB target Avery Davis – Cedar Hill (Texas) High

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder

LB target Tre Lamar – Roswell (Ga.) High

2017 DE target Robert Beal – Norcross (Ga.) High

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly walks in during Notre Dame Football Practice on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Notre Dame in South Bend. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN