Visit spree continues for Notre Dame football

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Nearly every day in April has included a new visitor for Notre Dame's football program.

The parade of recruits will continue Thursday. The Irish will host four targets — two each in the 2019 and 2020 classes — for unofficial visits.

None of those visitors will be more familiar with Notre Dame than Litchfield Ajavon. The four-star safety has visited the Irish twice since being offered by the coaching staff more than a year ago. He made a trip to South Bend in June and returned in September for the Miami (Ohio) game.

"He's an outstanding athlete," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "He has terrific confidence. He's all-around ball player. When you watch him, he's a guy that can play corner or safety."

Rivals ranks the 6-foot, 185-pound Litchfield as the No. 5 safety in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him as the No. 12 athlete, a designation given to prospects who can play multiple positions.

Ajavon teams with fellow Notre Dame defensive back target Salim Turner-Muhammad at Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal High.

The Irish are battling the likes of Michigan, Penn State, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech in Ajavon's recruitment.

Wide receiver John Metchie, a junior at Hagerstown (Md.) St. James School, will be making his first visit to Notre Dame since receiving an offer in January. The Irish joined an offer list that includes Michigan, Alabama, Penn State, Maryland and Pittsburgh.

"He's fast and can create in the open field," Lemming said. "He's the kind of guy they need. They don't have that kind of guy at Notre Dame."

The 6-0, 190-pound Metchie turned 27 receptions into 616 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games as a junior. Rivals ranks Metchie as the No. 28 wide receiver in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him No. 41 at the position.

Metchie's visit to Notre Dame on Thursday will follow a visit to Ohio State on Wednesday and will precede trips to Michigan State and Michigan.

The two 2020 targets scheduled to visit Notre Dame on Thursday happen to be cousins: quarterback Drew Pyne and offensive lineman Kevin Pyne, both four-star recruits.

Drew Pyne, a 6-1, 175-pound product of New Canaan (Conn.) High, became the first 2020 quarterback to receive a Notre Dame offer, back in June. The Irish have yet to offer another quarterback in the class.

Drew Pyne, who attended Notre Dame's game against Georgia in September, went on to complete 169 of his 283 passes (59.7 percent) for 2,355 yards and 25 touchdowns in his 12-game sophomore season.

"He's not really big, but he's a precision passer who can put the ball on the money just about every time," Lemming said.

247Sports slates Drew Pyne as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class. He's already claimed offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, Miami, LSU and others.

Kevin Pyne, a 6-8, 265-pound recruit from Millis (Mass.) High, added a Notre Dame offer in January. Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Michigan and UCLA are also included on his offer list.

"He's the best player in Massachusetts," Lemming said. "He's a big left tackle type of guy. He has size, athletic ability and a willingness to improve his game."

247Sports slates Pyne as the No. 4 offensive tackle in the 2020 class.

McGreger offer

A visit to Notre Dame on Tuesday resulted in a scholarship offer for Braiden McGregor.

The 6-5, 225-pound linebacker from Port Huron (Mich.) Northern shared the news on Twitter. McGregor's previous offers came from MAC schools: Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Toledo.

McGregor recorded 98 tackles and 17 tackles for a loss in his sophomore season. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 14 strongside defensive end in the 2020 class.


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Four-star safety Litchfield Ajavon, a 2019 recruit, attended Notre Dame's win over Miami (Ohio) in September. (Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)