Notre Dame will finish June with busy recruiting weekend

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The NCAA-mandated dead period awaits, but Notre Dame football is trying to make the most out of the final recruiting week of June.

The dead period, which prevents programs from hosting recruits on campus or having in-person contact with them elsewhere, begins on Monday and runs through July 9. The Irish will be hosting recruits every day until the dead period starts.

Three-star tight end Tommy Tremble became the latest 2018 target to visit Notre Dame this week. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound recruit was on campus Wednesday and Thursday before heading to UCLA for a Friday visit.

Notre Dame just added a tight end commitment from George Takacs last week, but the Irish appear to be interested in the possibility of adding a second tight end in the 2018 class. If Tremble joins the class, he could complement Takacs, a more traditional tight end, as a more explosive and faster receiving target.

Landing Tremble, a senior-to-be at Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan, won’t be easy. His father, Greg, played football at Georgia and the Bulldogs have been pursuing his son. Tremble’s offer list also includes Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt.

Rivals ranks Tremble as the No. 19 tight end in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him No. 29 at the position.

The next 2018 target set to visit Notre Dame? Linebacker Jack Lamb. The 6-4, 211-pound product of Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak is scheduled to see the Irish on Friday.

Less than a month ago, Lamb named Notre Dame as one of his top five schools alongside UCLA, Oregon, Washington and Penn State. Now the Irish will get their chance to measure to the competition.

Lamb, whose parents went to Penn State, projects as a prototypical inside linebacker. Rivals ranks him as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 inside linebacker in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and No. 15 at the position.

Commits returning

Three 2018 commits will be on campus Saturday as Notre Dame holds its Lineman’s Challenge camp: defensive tackle Ja’mion Franklin and offensive lineman Cole Mabry and John Dirksen.

Franklin will be returning to Notre Dame for the first time since committing earlier this month. He plans to be in South Bend on Saturday and Sunday with his parents and sisters.

Notre Dame defensive end target Thomas Booker, a former teammate of Franklin’s, was also scheduled to be on campus this weekend, but Franklin said Booker had to cancel his trip following the death of a family member.

Mabry and Dirksen, both three-star recruits, will have a chance to learn from offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. The sixth-year Irish assistant annually invites his linemen to the summer camp to take advantage of an opportunity to work with his future players.

2019 prospects

Younger recruits will also be making their way to Notre Dame this week hoping to receive a scholarship offer from the Irish in the near or distant future. The following visitors appear to be top candidates.

• QB Dylan Morris, 6-0, 185; Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin: Morris will visit Notre Dame after receiving offers from Oregon and California earlier this week. The Irish have started to reshape a 2019 quarterback target board in recent months, and Morris could become an intriguing option. Rivals rates him as a four-star pro-style quarterback.

• LB Mikel Jones, 6-2, 208; Hialeah (Fla.) Mater Academy: The four-star recruit has already landed offers from Georgia, Clemson, Louisville and others. He arrived on campus Thursday with teammate Montavious Brini, a Temple commit. 247Sports slates Jones as the No. 8 outside linebacker in the class.

• DE Brandon Smith, 6-3, 210; Mineral (Va.) Louisa County: The four-star recruit will visit Notre Dame on Friday with his family. He will make his way to South Bend with Florida State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Georgia already included on his offer list. 247Sports pegs him as the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the class.

• OL John Olmstead, 6-6, 285; Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph’s: A Wisconsin visit Wednesday resulted in an offer from the Badgers. Will a Notre Dame visit Friday produce the same for Olmstead? The four-star recruit also claims offers from Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA and more. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 31 offensive tackle in the class.

• DE Marcus Hicks, 6-5, 235; Wichita (Kan.) Northwest: Kansas isn’t a frequent recruiting destination for Notre Dame, but a four-star recruit like Hicks could be worth making future trips to the Sunflower State. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa and both Kansas programs have already offered Hicks. 247Sports slates him as the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the class.

• DE Steven Faucheux, 6-4, 270; West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West: Ohio State hasn’t offered the in-state recruit yet, but that hasn’t stopped other national programs from jumping into his recruitment early. Faucheux, a four-star recruit, already lists Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Penn State and Tennessee among his offers. 247Sports pegs him as the No. 8 strongside defensive end in the class.

Notre Dame will also host Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales defensive tackle Rodas Johnson and Cincinnati Elder defensive end Spencer Bono. | 574-235-6214 | Twitter: @TJamesNDI

2018 linebacker target Jack Lamb (right) will visit Notre Dame on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)