Notre Dame makes top lists for recruiting targets

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The start of the summer recruiting calendar has many recruits in the 2017 class trimming their lists of schools to focus on the top contenders in their recruitment.

Those decisions, which can change quickly, have brought good and bad news to Notre Dame. But here we’ll focus on the happier side for the Irish.

At least six recruits have named Notre Dame as one of their top schools in the last two weeks. Here’s a closer look at those five Irish targets and which schools remain as the top competition to sign them in February.

• DE RYAN JOHNSON, 6-4, 255; MOBILE (ALA.) ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 6 strongside defensive end.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 8 strongside defensive end.

Top 12: Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee and USC.

Top 12 pic.twitter.com/0MU7patZg5

— Ryan Johnson 4⃣4⃣ (@ryanjohnson_50) May 28, 2016

• ATH KELDRICK CARPER, 6-3, 185; PLAIN DEALING (LA.) HIGH.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 30 athlete.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 39 athlete.

Top 4: Miami, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

.....I Am Thankful . pic.twitter.com/zXjO8wTDcT

— Keldrick Carper ® (@Keldrick_Carper) June 3, 2016

• DT DALYN WADE-PERRY, 6-3, 335; SPARTA (N.J.) POPE JOHN XXIII.

Rivals: Three stars, No. 24 defensive tackle.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 29 defensive tackle.

Top 8: Stanford, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan State and Florida.

(2/2) I'll be deciding between one of the following schools‼️ s/o to @Hayesfawcett3 for this dope edit pic.twitter.com/QRRhbH7pRl

— D-W♻️DE (@DalynWP) June 5, 2016

• S CJ AVERY, 6-1, 195; GRENADA (MISS.) HIGH.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 25 safety.

Rivals: Three stars, No. 28 safety.

Top 10: Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Cal, Notre Dame, Clemson, Louisville, Tennessee, Michigan and Auburn.

My TOP 10

#Blessingspic.twitter.com/HHCU8SJcL1

— Cj Avery 9️⃣ (@Averyy_Sports) June 6, 2016

• DE LASHAWN PAULINO-BELL, 6-4, 225; FORT LAUDERDALE (FLA.) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 47 weakside defensive end.

Rivals: Three stars.

Top 10: Notre Dame, Kentucky, Georgia, California, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan State, Mississippi State and North Carolina.

I Want To Thank All The People Who Was There For Me On This ‼️.

Edit Credit - @Hayesfawcett3pic.twitter.com/m7UOzVASjM

— T.Ⓜ️oney (@Legendary__8) June 7, 2016

•  CB LATAVIOUS BRINI, 6-2, 190, HIALEAH GARDENS (FLA.) MATER ACADEMY.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 16 cornerback.

Rivals: Three stars, No. 38 cornerback.

Top 12: Miami, Georgia, USC, Florida, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State, Alabama, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida and Louisville.

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— Latavious Brini 1️⃣ (@Tall_Man26) June 10, 2016

Four-star athlete Keldrick Carper, a 2017 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer April 5, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)