Notebook: Decision looming for Notre Dame DE target Jayson Oweh?

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Jayson Oweh made one last trip to each of his top contenders with a decision looming.

At least that was the plan for the four-star defensive end recruit.

After making visits to Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State in a span of eight days, Oweh will have to decide if he’s truly seen enough.

On Saturday, Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy head coach Jim Saylor told the Tribune that he intends to speak with Oweh when he returns to New Jersey to discuss if he’s ready to make a commitment.

“Three great schools with great education and athletics,” Saylor said in a text message. “It’s going to be tough, but I think he will know where to go.”

Oweh, a 6-foot-5, 236-pound athlete, camped at Penn State on July 14 where he reportedly recorded a 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and a broad jump of more than 10 feet.

On Thursday, Oweh made a return visit to Notre Dame. Oweh previously attended the Irish Invasion in June.

“Beautiful visit,” Oweh wrote on Twitter following his stop at Notre Dame. “Really enjoyed it.”

Then Oweh made his way to Ohio State to compete in the Friday Night Lights camp.

One of the three schools will eventually receive good news from Oweh, but when that will come remains to be seen.

247Sports slates Oweh as the No. 8 strongside defensive end in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him No. 12 at the position.

Taimani visit

Sam Taimani insisted in early July that a visit to Notre Dame would eventually happen.

If a visit didn’t occur before the summer ends, Taimani planned to use an official visit to see the Irish.

Turns out that trip was actually only a few weeks away. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound lineman is expected to arrive on Notre Dame’s campus Monday.

Taimani, a four-star recruit from Salt Lake City East High, has been recruited on both sides of the ball. The Irish have been initially pursuing him as a defensive tackle.

Rivals ranks Taimani as the No. 12 offensive guard in the 2018 class. 247Sports slates him 16th at the position.

Taimani has been focusing on seven schools in his recruitment: Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington.

Irvin Top 5

One of Notre Dame’s best chances to add a safety to pair with Derrik Allen in the 2018 class could come from Anaheim, California.

On Friday, three-star safety Julius Irvin from Servite named Notre Dame as one of his top five schools. The list, which Irvin shared on Twitter, included Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Utah and Washington.

Irvin, 6-foot-2, 181 pounds, has yet to visit Notre Dame. The Irish extended an offer in February.

247Sports slates Irvin as the No. 31 safety in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him 33rd at the position.

LB offer

Another linebacker reported a scholarship offer from Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Isaak Togia, a 6-foot, 195-pound product of Garden Grove (Calif.) Pacifica, shared the news on Twitter. The Irish joined the likes of Penn State, Texas A&M, Washington and Hawaii on Togia’s short offer list.

As a junior, Togia was credited with 121 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. Rivals rates Togia as a three-star recruit. 247Sports slates him as a two-star recruit and the No. 101 outside linebacker in the 2018 class.

An offer to Togia could signal waning confidence from Notre Dame’s coaching staff in regards to the remaining linebacker targets. The Irish already have commitments from a pair of linebackers — Bo Bauer and Ovie Oghoufo — but have continued to push for more.

Notre Dame’s best remaining options at linebacker include Jack Lamb, Channing Tindall and Cameron McGrone. All three four-star recruits made unofficial visits to South Bend in June.

Lamb will likely commit to UCLA, Penn State or Notre Dame; Tindall named the Irish as one of his top five schools alongside South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Auburn; and McGrone has shown a lot of attention to Michigan and Notre Dame with Indiana, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin among his top schools.

Notre Dame hadn’t expanded the target list at linebacker since May. That’s when McGrone added his offer from the Irish.


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Jayson Oweh takes a break between drills during Irish Invasion Saturday, June 10, 2017, inside Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN