Notre Dame invites young recruits to Shamrock Series game in San Antonio

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Any visit to Texas presents a proximity to high school football talent for Notre Dame.

When the Irish play against Army in San Antonio on Saturday, it will be another opportunity to impress recruits. Sure, the matchup doesn’t scream must-see event and the Irish are struggling this season, but the majority of recruits on hand will be experiencing Notre Dame football in person for the first time.

The crop of 2018 and 2019 recruits will get a taste of what Notre Dame represents. And if some of these prospects turn into recruiting targets, the Irish will have a first impression to lean on.

Because the Shamrock Series game isn’t played on campus, the Irish can’t treat the day as a typical recruiting opportunity. But Notre Dame can provide recruits with tickets to attend the game. However, the coaching staff is not allowed to have contact with the recruits at the Alamodome. The Irish are also competing with home games for Texas and Texas A&M on Saturday.

More than 30 recruits have confirmed plans to attend Saturday’s game with ND Insider. None are in the 2017 class and only one has previously received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. 

The lone offered recruit, wide receiver Joshua Moore, will be seeing the Irish play for the second time this season. He, and his brother Jordan, attended Notre Dame’s loss to Texas in the season opener.

Joshua Moore, a four-star recruit, has already received more than 40 offers including Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Florida State and LSU. 247Sports slates him as the No. 5 wide receiver in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him No. 30.

Jordan Moore, who has not reported a Notre Dame offer, plans to announce his commitment on Dec. 24. 247Sports slates him as a four-star recruit and the No. 15 safety in the class. Rivals rates him a three-star recruit and the No. 30 athlete.

The visitors list also includes a pair of three-star wide receivers: Treveon Johnson and Jacob Jefferson. Johnson, the No. 83 wide receiver in the 2018 class according to 247Sports, committed to Texas Tech in August. Jefferson, the No. 95 wide receiver according to 247Sports, made a trip to Notre Dame for the Stanford game.

Cornerback Jaquaylyn Crawford, who has already received offers from TCU, Houston and Texas Tech, will also be in the crowd. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 33 cornerback in the 2018 class.

A few specialists — kicker Cameron Dicker and long snappers Justin Mader and Geno Albini — also plan to be in attendance. Kornblue Kicking ranks Dicker as the No. 2 kicker in the 2018 class. Kohl’s Kicking ranks Mader (No. 2) and Albini (No. 6) as two of the top long snappers for 2018.

VISITORS LIST

The following recruits are expected to attend Saturday’s Notre Dame game against Army in San Antonio.

2018 target

CB Joshua Moore – Yoakum, Texas

 2018 prospects

LS Geno Albini – Wimberley, Texas

OL Joe Bissinger – Victoria, Texas

DT Nigel Brannon – Oklahoma City

S Tamar Butts – Denton, Texas

CB Jaquaylyn Crawford – Rockdale, Texas

S Jeremiah Davis – Lufkin, Texas

K Cameron Dicker – Austin, Texas

LB Michael Drennon – Mineola, Texas

RB Chaise Ellis – Houston

CB Savon Fields – Lufkin, Texas

RB Alec Harris – Richmond, Texas

S Kemoche Hobbs – Waco, Texas

WR Jontrae Howard – Houston

DT Scale Igiehon – Del Valle, Texas

LB Tyler Jackson – DeSoto, Texas

DT Jamiran James –  New Orleans

WR Jacob Jefferson – Houston

WR Treveon Johnson – Giddings, Texas

WR Jemel Jones – The Colony, Texas

LS Justin Mader – Magnolia, Texas

DE Michael Matus – Katy, Texas

WR Brandon McDuffie – San Antonio

RB Jay Miller – Converse, Texas

LB Dylan Moeller – Victoria, Texas

S Jordan Moore – Yoakum, Texas

TE Reese Moore – Seminole, Texas

WR Julian Ortega-Jones – Fort Worth, Texas

LB Jacoby Simpson – Houston

2019 prospects

TE Thomas Gordon – Houston

S Myles Heard – Sugar Land, Texas

CB Ainias Smith – Sugar Land, Texas

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Four-star wide receiver Joshua Moore, a 2018 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer on Wednesday, Oct. 6. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)