More visitors wrap up big recruiting week for Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

After being presented with the list of visitors making their way to Notre Dame this week, Tom Lemming wanted some clarification. 

All those names were from one week?

"That's a terrific group," said Lemming, a CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst. "Everyone you mentioned is a big-time player."

The Irish have already hosted seven targets in the 2019 and 2020 classes through Friday. That list included three linebackers, a four-star wide receiver, a newly offered defensive end and two of the top recruits in the 2020 class.

But the parade of high-profile visitors hasn't ended. Four more offered recruits are scheduled to visit Notre Dame on Saturday.

Two of those targets, four-star offensive lineman Zeke Correll and four-star defensive tackle Rodas Johnson, have already become frequent visitors.

Correll, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound junior at Cincinnati Anderson, was on campus last month and for the N.C. State game in October.

247Sports slates him as the No. 4 offensive guard in the 2019 class. RIvals ranks him No. 12 at the position.

"He's a premier guard," Lemming said. "He has Zack Martin kind of ability."

Correll has offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and Stanford.

Johnson, a 6-3, 280-pound junior at Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales, was last on campus for the Navy game in November. He previously visited last June when he received an offer from the Irish.

Notre Dame has stiff competition for Johnson with his offer list including Michigan, Penn State, Florida, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The in-state Buckeyes have yet to join the race.

"Columbus has some really good athletes this year," Lemming said. "He's one of the better defensive tackles in the country. I think (defensive line coach) Mike Elston's done a really good job recruiting him."

247Sports slates Johnson as the No. 14 defensive tackle in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 9 offensive guard.

The Irish will also host one of the top tight ends in the country in Ethan Rae. The 6-5, 238-pound junior at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran will be making his first trip to Notre Dame since receiving an offer last May.

"Ethan Rae's one of the better players in Southern California," Lemming said. "He can play for anybody in the country. He's an outstanding big guy. He moves his feet well. He has really good hands, terrific athletic ability and body control."

An ACL injury that wiped out his junior season hasn't stopped big-time programs from pursuing Rae. USC, UCLA, Georgia, Michigan and Arizona State can all be found on the four-star recruit's offer list.

Rivals ranks him as the No. 3 tight end in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him 12th.

Offensive lineman Luke Wypler will be the last 2020 target to visit Notre Dame this week.

The 6-4, 260-pound sophomore from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional said he would be on campus both Friday and Saturday. The Irish joined an offer list that already includes Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford, Penn State and Wisconsin a little more than a month ago.

247Sports slates Wypler as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 offensive guard in the 2020 class.


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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)