Notebook: Notre Dame offers three recruits on junior day
Three recruits left Notre Dame’s junior day with offers from the Irish — and only one is actually a junior.
That’s because Notre Dame’s visitors list Saturday was packed with talent in both the 2019 and 2020 classes.
The lone new offer in the 2019 class went to three-star wide receiver Cornelius Johnson. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound recruit caught 33 passes for 485 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season at Greenwich (Conn.) Brunswick School.
Notre Dame joined the likes of Boston College, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Northwestern and Duke on Johnson’s Northeast-laden offer list.
247Sports slates Johnson as the No. 54 wide receiver in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him No. 77 at the position.
The offers extended to sophomores Saturday came on the defensive line.
Defensive tackle Cole Brevard became the first in-state recruit to add a Notre Dame offer in the 2020 class. The 6-3, 280-pound sophomore from Carmel already has drawn offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana, Louisville and others.
247Sports pegs Brevard as a four-star recruit and the No. 8 defensive tackle in the class.
Defensive end Darrion Henry also added Notre Dame to an offer list that already included Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State and Iowa. 247Sports rates the 6-5, 260-pound product of Cincinnati Princeton as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 strongside defensive end.
Notre Dame has been extremely active with early scholarship offers in the 2019 class. In the month of February, the Irish averaged a little more than one offer per day.
Recently, Notre Dame surpassed 150 total reported offers in the 2019 class. That puts the Irish on pace to easily eclipse the roughly 181 offers reported throughout the 2018 class.
In fact, it seems reasonable that the 2019 recruiting cycle will produce the most Notre Dame offers in head coach Brian Kelly’s tenure. The previous high came in the 2017 class with approximately 209 offers.
Because the 2019 class will be the first group allowed to take official visits as juniors starting April 1, the need to identify recruiting targets earlier has been seen across the country. Several college football programs already have extended more than 200 offers, according to the 247Sports database, including Tennessee (322), Florida (280), Louisville (255), Michigan (234), Georgia (217) and Alabama (211).
Last month, Notre Dame wrapped up a 2018 recruiting class that included 10 players featured in the Rivals 250.
The Irish have plenty of work to do if they want to hit that number again in the 2019 class. When Rivals released its latest top 250 for the class in February, none of Notre Dame’s three current verbal commitments made the list.
All three of those Irish pledges saw their position rankings drop too.
Defensive lineman Hunter Spears moved down three spots to the No. 20 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class. Defensive tackle Jacob Lacey fell nine spots to the No. 18 defensive tackle in the class. Both Spears and Lacey are rated as four-star recruits.
Cornerback K.J. Wallace, who has been placed in the athlete category for prospects who could play multiple positions, dropped seven spots to the No. 55 athlete. Wallace remained rated as a three-star recruit.
Lacey and former Irish quarterback commit Cade McNamara were originally slated in the first Rivals 250 for the 2019 class that was released in August, but neither made the updated version.