Notre Dame hosting three targets as camp season starts Saturday

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

On Saturday afternoon inside Notre Dame Stadium, dozens of recruits will be trying to impress the Irish coaching staff.

Notre Dame’s football program will be hosting its first summer camp. Saturday’s event is one of three Elite Skills Camps — the others being held on June 16 and 22 — designed for varsity-level football players to work with Notre Dame’s staff.

Instead of one main event like the Irish Invasion in previous years, the staff has designed a schedule that will allow young recruits to get on campus throughout the month and rising seniors opportunities to make official visits. The majority of those official visits will come next weekend for some of Notre Dame’s top targets in the 2019 class.

In addition to Saturday’s camp, the Irish will host three recruits with Notre Dame offers on unofficial visits this weekend: 2019 defensive end Josiah Miamen, 2020 tight end Michael Mayer and 2020 defensive end Braiden McGregor.

Miamen said he plans to visit on Saturday and Sunday with his parents. The last time the three-star recruit was on campus in April, he received a Notre Dame offer. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end recorded 42 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and nine sacks in his junior season at Dunlap (Ill.) High. He added 33 catches for 561 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense.

247Sports slates Miamen as the No. 50 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class. Rivals rates him as a three-star tight end. Most of Miamen’s major offers come from the Big Ten with Michigan State, Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue and Illinois on his list.

Mayer became the first tight end of the 2020 class to add a Notre Dame offer back in December. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound recruit followed that up with a visit to Notre Dame. He will make a return trip to campus on Saturday, according to his head coach at Park Hills (Ky.) Covington Catholic.

The Irish have since offered 2020 tight end Kevin Bauman, but that doesn’t make Mayer any less of a priority. With few obvious options in the 2019 class, Notre Dame could choose to push for two tight ends in 2020 instead.

247Sports slates Mayer as the No. 5 tight end in the 2020 class. The four-star recruit already has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Penn State and more.

McGregor also added his Notre Dame offer on his last visit to see the Irish. He left campus in early April with only four offers on his list. Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska and others have since joined the fray.

The 6-5, 225-pound defensive end totaled 98 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one sack and one interception in his sophomore season at Port Huron (Mich.) Northern.

247Sports pegs McGregor as a three-star recruit and the No. 11 strongside defensive end in the 2020 class. Rivals rates him as a three-star outside linebacker.

Three-star defensive end Josiah Miamen (18), a 2019 recruit, plans to visit Notre Dame on Saturday and Sunday.