Notebook: Notre Dame hosted Colorado OL commit Frank Fillip

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Just before the start of the NCAA-mandated recruiting dead period, Notre Dame hosted one more target on an official visit: Colorado offensive line commit Frank Fillip.

The 6-foot-7, 275-pound senior from Houston Clear Lake made the visit with his parents this past weekend, according to Clear Lake head coach Larry McRae. The Irish have also extended Fillip a scholarship offer.

Fillip, a three-star recruit, has been committed to Colorado since June. He also received an offer from UCLA earlier this month, joining a reported list that already included the likes of Baylor, Houston and Oregon State.

247Sports slates Fillip as the No. 38 offensive tackle in the 2018 class. Fillip was not included on Rivals’ list of the top 65 offensive tackles.

Notre Dame has been looking to add a third, and potentially a fourth, offensive lineman to its 2018 class. The Irish currently have verbal commitments from three-star recruits John Dirksen and Cole Mabry.

The push for Fillip could be a sign of waning confidence in Notre Dame’s pursuit of Arkansas offensive line commit Luke Jones, a three-star recruit from Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy who made an official visit to ND earlier this month.

The Irish have also continued to recruit Nicholas Petit-Frere, a five-star offensive tackle according to 247Sports, but the Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep product isn’t expected to sign until February.

Bracy wins state

In his final football game at Milpitas (Calif.) High, Notre Dame cornerback commit Tariq Bracy scored three touchdowns and won a state championship.

Bracy scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters: a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a 35-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and a 55-yard punt return touchdown in the third quarter.

Bracy, who plays running back on offense, finished the game with 30 carries and 254 rushing yards in a 45-41 victory over El Centro Southwest.

It was Bracy’s twin brother, TyRee, who provided the game-winning score for Milpitas (14-1). He completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to put the Trojans ahead with 2:37 left in the game. Tariq Bracy ran in a two-point conversion following the touchdown.

“This is an amazing feeling,” Tariq Bracy told The Mercury News. “This team came together when we had to. We dealt with adversity, but that’s what good teams do.”

Tracking the trail

Notre Dame wrapped up the final week of the December contact period with more stops on the recruiting trail. The contact period ended Saturday and will resume on Jan. 12 and run through Feb. 3.

During the contact period, the NCAA allows coaches to make in-person contact with senior recruits on the road. Contact is not allowed with younger recruits.

Here are some of the spots Notre Dame’s coaches traveled last week. Recruits listed below are in the 2018 class unless noted otherwise.


QB commit Phil Jurkovec, Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland - head coach Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chip Long

WR target Lawrence Keys - wide receiver coach DelVaughn Alexander


RB commit Jahmir Smith, Sanford (N.C.) Lee County - Kelly, Long and running backs coach Autry Denson

TE commit Tommy Tremble, Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan - Kelly, Long and Denson

DB target Julius Irvin, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite - defensive backs coach Todd Lyght


2019 CB target Cam’Ron Kelly, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith - linebackers coach Clark Lea

Various prospects, Tacoma (Wash.) Stadium High - recruiting coordinator Brian Polian


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Three-star offensive lineman Frank Fillip, a 2018 recruit, added a Notre Dame offer and made an official visit to campus this past weekend. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)