More top recruits visiting Notre Dame this week

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame’s summer recruiting spree didn’t end with last weekend's Irish Invasion event.

The Notre Dame football program continues to host top targets and prospects this week.

Defensive end target Joshua Paschal started this week’s list of big-time recruits with his visit on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound rising senior from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel was joined by teammates Darnell Pratt Jr., a 2017 wide receiver, and Tyler Baylor, a 2018 linebacker, on the visit. Baylor is the grandson of basketball Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor.

Both Rivals and 247Sports peg Paschal as a four-star recruit and one of the top 10 strongside defensive ends in the 2017 class.

“He’s a great linebacker and he can play defensive end,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “He’s a Butkus Award nominee in high school if he stays at linebacker. He’s one of the top three players in Maryland.”

Defensive tackle target Dalyn Wade-Perry arrived in South Bend on Wednesday for a two-day stay. The 6-3, 335-pound product of Sparta (N.J.) Pope John Paul XXIII High named Notre Dame as one of his top eight schools earlier this month. The Irish are competing with Stanford, Ohio State, Michigan State, Rutgers, Penn State, UCLA and Florida for the three-star recruit.

Rivals ranks Wade-Perry as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the 2017 class. 247Sports slates him 30th at the position.

“He’s a very solid football player,” Lemming said. “He’s quick-footed. He’s a natural athlete even though he should probably hit the weights a little bit more. He has active hands, and he’s an aggressive ballplayer.”

Wide receiver target Tarik Black will make his way to Notre Dame on Thursday. The 6-4, 206-pound athlete will visit South Bend just days after his teammate, running back CJ Holmes, from Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, starred at the Irish Invasion invitation-only camp.

Black, a four-star recruit, visited Notre Dame in March for a junior day and plans to be on campus until Saturday afternoon. 247Sports slates Black as the No. 18 wide receiver in the 2017 class. Rivals ranks him 21st at the position.

“He’s the No. 1 player in New England,” Lemming said. “That would be a big catch for them. He’s more than just a possession receiver who has great height. He has great hands and can run. He’s a big-time guy. He could be a go-to guy for Notre Dame.”

On Friday, defensive tackle target Darnell Ewell will sandwich a trip to Notre Dame between visits to Ohio State on Thursday and Michigan on Saturday. The 6-4, 295-pound lineman recently listed Notre Dame among his top five schools alongside Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and Clemson.

Both Rivals and 247Sports peg Ewell, from Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor, as a four-star recruit and the No. 8 defensive tackle in 2017 class.

“He can be the guy in the middle of the defense,” Lemming said. “He’s very good. He’d be a step up at defensive tackle for Notre Dame. He’s an excellent ballplayer.”

A trio of Notre Dame commits will also be on campus this week. Offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons, a 2017 commit, arrived Tuesday night and will stay in town until Sunday. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec, a 2018 commit, made it to campus Wednesday night and will stay until Saturday.

Jurkovec’s teammates at Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland will join him for the seven-on-seven camp Friday and Saturday. Offensive lineman Josh Lugg, a 2017 commit, plans to be at Notre Dame on Friday to Sunday.

The two offensive line commits will compete in the Lineman’s Challenge camp on Saturday and have a chance to receive direction from offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.


The following 2018 prospects also plan to visit Notre Dame this week.

LB Ovie Oghoufo; Farmington Hills, Mich.

OL Emil Ekiyor; Indianapolis

OL Verdis Brown; Chicago

DL Jayson Ademilola; Jersey City, N.J.

LB Justin Ademilola; Jersey City, N.J. | 574-235-6214 | Twitter: @TJamesNDI

Four-star wide receiver Tarik Black plans to arrive at Notre Dame on Thursday for a three-day visit. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)