Where notable Notre Dame targets landed on National Signing Day

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Where did some of the notable Notre Dame targets from the 2018 class sign on Wednesday? ND Insider tracked down the names to remember.

• OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, 6-6, 260; Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep: Ohio State won the Petit-Frere sweepstakes despite Notre Dame pushing hard in the final weeks. Petit-Frere made an official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game in October.

Rivals: Five stars, No. 1 OT. | 247Sports: Five stars, No. 1 OT.

• LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, 6-3, 230; Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei: Tuliaupupu signed with USC over UCLA and Notre Dame. He ended up staying on the West Coast after giving the Irish serious consideration following his official visit for the USC game.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 3 ILB. | 247Sports: Four stars, No. 4 ILB.

• DE Derrick Eason, 6-4, 242; Norfolk (Va.) Norview: Notre Dame was thisclose to flipping his commitment from N.C. State, but he ended up sticking with the Wolfpack on signing day. Eason visited the Irish in January.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 59 SDE. | Rivals: Three stars.:

• WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, 5-11, 175; Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei: St. Brown followed through with his verbal commitment to USC. The Irish were unable to create any separation throughout his recruitment despite multiple visits to campus.

Rivals: Five stars, No. 1 WR. | 247Sports: Five stars, No. 2 WR.

• DB Julius Irvin, 6-2, 181; Anaheim (Calif.) Servite: Irvin signed with Washington after giving the Huskies his verbal commitment on Jan. 31. He made an official visit to Notre Dame for the Georgia game in September.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 9 S. | 247Sports: Four stars, No. 14 S.

• DT Moro Ojomo, 6-3, 265; Katy (Texas) High: Texas kept Ojomo in his home state after his recruitment exploded in the final months. Notre Dame hosted Ojomo in January following a December offer.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 25 DT. | Rivals: Three stars, No. 41 DT.

• DE Malik Langham, 6-6, 269; Huntsville (Ala.) Lee: Florida won the congested SEC battle for Langham. Notre Dame’s offer in November came before a lot of the late interest in Langham. It landed the Irish an official visit in December, but they couldn’t find much traction after that.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 9 SDE. | Rivals: Four stars, No. 19 SDE.

• WR Geordon Porter, 6-2, 175; Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda: The former Notre Dame commit signed with Arizona State. He made visits to Tennessee, UCLA and Arizona State after ditching the Irish and before settling on the Sun Devils.

Rivals: Three stars, No. 67 WR. | 247Sports: Three stars, No. 93 WR.

• DE Joseph Ossai, 6-4, 217; Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge: Notre Dame landed a spot in Ossai’s top three last summer which led to an official visit for the season opener against Temple. Ossai stayed home and signed with Texas.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 14 WDE. | 247Sports: Four stars, No. 12 WDE.

• CB B.J. Crim, 6-0, 195; Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard: The Irish shifted their focus away from Crim as they searched for defensive backs late in the recruiting cycle. He received an offer on his official visit for the USC game. Crim ended up signing with Western Kentucky.

Rivals: Two stars. | 247Sports: Three stars, No. 79 S.

• OL Chris Murray, 6-3, 290; Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei: Murray put his verbal commitment to UCLA in print. Notre Dame stopped pursuing him after his official visit for the USC game.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 6 OG. | Rivals: Four stars, No. 11 OG.

• WR Tommy Bush, 6-5, 187; Schertz (Texas) Clemens: As Lawrence Keys became Notre Dame’s top remaining wide receiver target down the stretch, communication with Bush fizzled. He signed with Georgia’s No. 1 class.

Rivals: Four stars, No. 60 WR. | 247Sports: Three stars, No. 64 WR.

• CB Taiyon Palmer, 5-11, 177; Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer: Palmer never made a visit to Notre Dame after receiving an offer Jan. 11. He signed with N.C. State.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 19 CB. | Rivals: Three stars, No. 54 CB.

• DT Otito Ogbonnia, 6-4, 290; Katy (Texas) Taylor: Ogbonnia signed with UCLA nearly two months after his official visit with the Bruins. The Irish offered on Dec. 20, but Ogbonnia never visited.

247Sports: Three stars, No. 38 DT. | Rivals: Three stars.

• TE Spencer Webb, 6-5, 234; Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers: Notre Dame took a shot at getting Webb to reconsider his Oregon commitment with an offer in early January. He passed on making a visit with the Irish and signed with the Ducks.

247Sports: Four stars, No. 8 TE. | Rivals: Four stars, No. 10 TE.

Four-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu signed with USC on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)