Notre Dame hosting four 2019 targets on Saturday
When Notre Dame hits the field Saturday for its fifth practice of spring football, the Irish will have plenty of eyes watching.
In addition to the practice being open to media members and attendees of the annual coaches clinic, Notre Dame will be hosting a handful of visiting recruits.
That visitors list will include four 2019 targets: wide receiver Garrett Wilson, defensive back Kenyatta Watson II, tight end Brayden Liebrock and defensive end Adam Berghorst. Don Price, a 2020 defensive tackle prospect from Oak Park, Mich., also said he will be visiting Saturday.
(UPDATE 3/25: Watson did not make his planned visit to Notre Dame. Price was joined by several teammates on his trip. Click here for more details.)
It will be Notre Dame's first significant recruiting weekend of spring football, and the last that can't include official visitors. Starting in April, the Irish can host junior recruits on official visits, which are paid for by the school, thanks to last year's NCAA recruiting calendar change that introduced an early signing period for college football.
But everyone visiting Notre Dame this weekend will have to do so on their own dime.
• WR Garrett Wilson, 6-0, 178; Austin (Texas) Lake Travis: When Wilson announced a final eight earlier this month, Notre Dame was joined by Nebraska, Texas, TCU, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Now the Irish will host Wilson on his first recruiting trip to South Bend.
Wilson has been busy as of late. Last weekend, he was named the wide receiver MVP at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Houston and received an invitation to the Five-Star Challenge. Then on Friday, Wilson made a visit to Ohio State.
The Irish offered Wilson in January following a junior season in which he caught 98 passes for 1,774 yards and 26 touchdowns.
"He's one of the best wide receivers in the southwest," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "He plays for one of the best up-and-coming programs in Texas."
247Sports slates Wilson as the No. 8 wide receiver in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him No. 17 at the position.
• DB Kenyatta Watson II, 6-2, 168; Loganville (Ga.) Grayson: Notre Dame and Texas are squaring off in a two-team battle for Watson. He has shifted his attention to both programs after visiting each once this past winter.
Watson was last on Notre Dame's campus for a junior day in January. He plans to return for an official visit in April.
"He's not only a really good defensive back, but he's also a team leader and a kid you love to have on your team," Lemming said. "He's a great student, works hard, he's very athletic, and a guy that can attract other ball players. He's the real deal."
Watson received a Notre Dame offer last April. He was previously committed to Florida State.
Rivals rates Watson as a four-star recruit and the No. 13 cornerback in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 37 safety.
• TE Brayden Liebrock, 6-5, 220; Chandler (Ariz.) High: Since the start of February, the offers have started to roll in for Liebrock. The start of that avalanche came around Feb. 2 when Ohio State and Notre Dame offered him on the same day.
Now Liebrock has an offer list that includes the likes of USC, Texas, Ole Miss, Louisville and Arizona.
"He's a tall, thin guy," Lemming said. "He's probably the fastest-rising guy in Arizona. He's become a hot property. He's a good, athletic kid with potential."
247Sports slates Liebrock as a four-star recruit and the No. 14 tight end in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit and the No. 9 tight end.
Liebrock, who finished his junior season with 39 catches for 600 yards and five touchdowns, spent this past week making visits to Texas, Colorado and Ohio State.
• DE Adam Berghorst, 6-7, 245; Zeeland (Mich.) East: The last time Berghorst visited Notre Dame, he left with an Irish offer in February. His return on Saturday will give Notre Dame's coaching staff another chance to evaluate where it stands in his recruitment.
Michigan and Michigan State will try to prevent him from leaving the state, but Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Northwestern and others are trying to pull him away like Notre Dame.
Berghorst was credited with 71 tackles and nine tackles for a loss in his junior season.
"He's a four-star guy when you watch him on film," Lemming said. "He has super long arms, quick hands and feet. If you take a guy like that, he could develop into an All-American with another 40 pounds or so."
Both 247Sports and Rivals peg Berghorst as a three-star recruit and the No. 43 strongside defensive end.