Notre Dame hosting second junior day of 2018

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The new NCAA recruiting calendar that introduced an early signing period for college football has added a greater emphasis to early visits.

Notre Dame has adjusted as a result. In recent years, the Irish hosted one junior day early in the year dedicated to the following recruiting class. Now Notre Dame is doubling up on junior days.

The Irish hosted their first junior day in January as 18 recruits with ND offers in the 2019 class made their way to campus. Two of those recruits — three-star cornerback K.J. Wallace and four-star defensive lineman Hunter Spears — have since verbally committed to Notre Dame.

The next crop of junior day visitors will be on campus Saturday, a day after four-star quarterback Cade McNamara ditched his commitment to Notre Dame. The Irish are expecting six 2019 targets and seven more 2019 prospects to make their way to South Bend. Notre Dame will also host four 2020 targets and four more 2020 prospects.

This weekend will serve as Notre Dame's last major recruiting event for the 2019 class before those recruits are allowed to take official visits in April through the first few weeks of June. Previously, official visits were not allowed until a prospect's senior year.

2019 targets

• OL Zeke Correll, 6-4, 260; Cincinnati Anderson: The last time Correll was on Notre Dame’s campus, the four-star recruit received an offer from the Irish while in town for the win over N.C. State in October.

Correll’s stock has continued to rise. He has offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, Michigan and others. 247Sports slates him as the No. 4 offensive guard in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him No. 12 at the position.

"He's one of those linemen that's big and aggressive," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "He's probably the best guard in the Midwest right now."

• OL Harry Miller, 6-4, 310; Buford (Ga.) High: The four-star recruit will be making his first trip to Notre Dame a little more than a month after the Irish offered in late January. Notre Dame has been working hard on recruiting in Georgia and found Miller at the same powerhouse program that sent former quarterback Montgomery VanGorder to the Irish.

Miller’s offer list of more than 20 schools includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Stanford. Rivals ranks him as the No. 8 offensive tackle. 247Sports slates him No. 12.

"I like him a lot," Lemming said. "He's developed into one of the better ones in Georgia and in the South. Buford's a big-time program, and Harry will be a four-year starter in September. If you start that long at Buford, you must have really good tools."

• DE Marcus Hicks, 6-5, 230; Wichita (Kan.) Northwest: Saturday’s visits will be the third trip to Notre Dame for Hicks. He camped with the Irish in June and returned in November for the Navy game. That’s when Notre Dame offered.

The rare four-star recruit from Kansas has piled up offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. 247Sports slates him as the No. 16 weakside defensive end in the class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 24 strongside defensive end.

"He's a big-time defensive end out of Kansas," Lemming said. "The best player in the state and a guy who can really get after the quarterback."

• ATH Raymond Woodie III, 6-1, 185; Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School: Notre Dame offered Woodie last June when he had moved out to Oregon, but he has since to returned to Florida. His father, Raymond Woodie Jr., is now the linebackers coach at Florida State. He’s coached with new Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart since 2010.

Big-time offers have followed the younger Woodie regardless of his location. USC, Oklahoma, Penn State, Florida State and Alabama are already on his offer list.

"He's an athlete who can play a couple of positions," Lemming said. "He's a big-time player. He's another one of those kind of athletes that Notre Dame's been looking for." 

Rivals ranks Woodie as a four-star recruit and the No. 25 athlete. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 35 safety.

• CB Salim Turner-Muhammad, 6-1, 175; Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal: Notre Dame targeted a second Episcopal defensive back with an offer to Turner-Muhammad in January. The Irish had already been in pursuit of his teammate, safety Litchfield Ajavon, who has visited Notre Dame twice previously.

"Notre Dame would love to get both of the Episcopal DBs," Lemming said. "Both can play corner and safety. They have confidence, and they play a lot."

Turner-Muhammad’s relatively short offer list includes Georgia, Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin and Duke. Rivals rates him as a four-star recruit and the No. 34 cornerback in the class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and No. 27 at the position.

• RB Steele Chambers, 6-2, 217; Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity: Chambers only recently received a Notre Dame offer in January, but he’s no stranger to the Irish. He attended Notre Dame’s game against Virginia Tech in 2016 when he was a sophomore.

The three-star recruit’s offer list has exploded since then. Chambers has reported offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State and more. Rivals ranks him as the No. 30 athlete in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him No. 34.

"Steele is a perfect Notre Dame fit," Lemming said. "He's a really good ball player. He has the grades and the athletic ability that Notre Dame looks for. He's one that they really seem to be zooming in on."

2020 targets

• OL Paris Johnson Jr., 6-7, 275; Cincinnati St. Xavier: A four-star recruit, Johnson has offers from Ohio State, Stanford, Clemson, Georgia and Penn State. 247Sports pegs him as the No. 2 offensive tackle and No. 3 overall in the 2020 class.

• RB/WR AJ Henning, 5-10, 175; Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East: A four-star recruit, Henning has offers from Stanford, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Northwestern. 247Sports slates him as the No. 4 wide receiver.

• DE Rylie Mills, 6-5, 250; Lake Forest (Ill.) High: A four-star recruit, Mills has offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. 247Sports slates him as the No. 7 strongside defensive end.

• WR Jordan Johnson, 6-2, 182; St. Louis DeSmet Jesuit: A four-star recruit, Johnson has offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky and Nebraska. 247Sports pegs him as the No. 12 wide receiver.


In addition to the 10 visitors with Notre Dame offers, the following recruits are also expected on campus for Notre Dame’s junior day on Saturday.

2019 prospects

OL Jarod DePriest

WR Cornelius Johnson

LB Jack Kiser

WR Tre Mosley

S Tyler Nubin

DE Ruke Orhorhoro

WR Eli Pancol

2020 prospects

DT Cole Brevard

DE Darrion Henry

S Makari Paige

LB Cornell Wheeler


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Four-star offensive lineman Zeke Correll, a 2019 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer during his campus visit on Oct. 28, 2017. (Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)