Notre Dame set to host 2018 targets DE Thomas Booker, TE George Takacs

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame will turn its attention to the 2019 class later in the weekend, but first the Irish will host a pair of top targets for 2018.

Defensive end Thomas Booker and tight end George Takacs are scheduled to arrive on campus Friday.

Notre Dame made defensive end a priority position not long after signing day for the 2017 class. Booker, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound recruit, reported an Irish offer on Feb. 12. The Irish put him on the front end of an offer spree at the position.

The length and athleticism Booker has shown through his junior season at Gilman School in Baltimore is exactly what Notre Dame covets.

“He’s an excellent player,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “I really like him a lot. He has long arms, an explosive first step and he’s a very active player. He’s one of the best players in Baltimore.”

The Irish aren’t alone in that assessment of Booker. The likes of Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, LSU and Maryland appear on Booker’s offer list.

Rivals ranks Booker as a four-star recruit and the No. 8 strongside defensive end in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 19 weakside defensive end.

Booker, whose visit will stretch into Saturday, has also played tight end at Gilman, but the Irish are targeting other players, such as Takacs, at that position.

Takacs will arrive on campus less than a month after receiving a scholarship from the Irish. However, he’s no stranger to Notre Dame. The 6-6, 235-pound product of Naples (Fla.) Gulf Coast attended last summer’s Irish Invasion.

Takacs was only a budding college football prospect when he participated in the camp last year. At the time, he claimed only six scholarship offers: NC State, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tulane, Appalachian State and Florida Atlantic.

The three-star recruit has come a long way since then. Now Takacs has offers from Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, UCLA and Oregon. He’s also earned an invitation to The Opening Finals and MVP honors for wide receivers and tight ends at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Miami earlier this month.

247Sports slates Takacs as the No. 16 tight end in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him 35th at the position.

“He’s a good, solid player,” Lemming said. “He’s a reliable three-star guy."

Takacs will be the second tight end to visit Notre Dame since new offensive coordinator Chip Long arrived in South Bend. The Irish hosted four-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert in early March.

Notre Dame wide receiver commit Micah Jones has been on campus since Wednesday. The four-star recruit decided to spend some of his spring break in South Bend with the Irish.

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Defensive end Thomas Booker, a 2018 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer on Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)