Numbers behind Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame signed 22 recruits in its 2019 class — five fewer signees than the 2018 recruiting haul. 

How do both classes compare in other and more specific areas? ND Insider took a deep dive into the data of both classes. Last year’s piece on the 2018 class can be found here.

All numbers are based off ND Insider reports and not official numbers provided by Notre Dame. Some of the metrics below were not used in last year's piece, thus why there's not a comparison for every statistic. 

Scholarship offers

• 200: Approximate number of recruits who reported offers from Notre Dame in the 2019 cycle. Some offers aren’t reported publicly. Some reported offers could be miscommunications (181 offers in 2018).

• 1: ND signee who reported an Irish offer before his sophomore season (defensive tackle Jacob Lacey). Quarterback Phil Jurkovec was the only member of ND’s 2018 class to garner an offer during his sophomore season.

• 5: Signees who reported a Notre Dame offer before their junior season (5 in 2018).

• 20: Signees who reported a Notre Dame offer before their senior seasons (22 in 2018).

• 2: Signees who reported a Notre Dame offer during their senior year (5 in 2018).

Campus visits

The 2018 calendar year marked the first time junior recruits could take official visits in April, May and June. Until then, recruits had to wait until their senior year to take official visits.

• 101: Recruits with offers who visited Notre Dame (81 in 2018).

• 35: Recruits who made official visits to Notre Dame (44 in 2018).

• 16: Recruits who made official visits to Notre Dame before their senior seasons.

• 21: Notre Dame signees who made official visits (27 in 2018). Linebacker JD Bertrand never made an official visit.

• 60: Percentage of official visitors who ended up signing with Notre Dame (61 percent in 2018).  

• 11: Notre Dame signees who were already committed before making official visits (15 in 2018).

• 24: Recruits not committed to Notre Dame at the time of their official visit (29 in 2018).

• 10: Recruits who committed to Notre Dame after an official visit (12 in 2018).

• 42: Percentage of undecided official visitors who committed to Notre Dame after making an official visit (41 in 2018).

Event visits

ND’s biggest recruiting events in the last few years have been night games, sophomore and junior days, the Irish Invasion camps, the Blue-Gold Game and offseason official visit weekends. The numbers below are in reference to those events.

• 16: Irish signees who attended one of ND’s big recruiting events prior to committing (13 in 2018).

• 9: Signees who attended one of ND’s night games prior to committing (8 in 2018).

• 6: Signees who attended a junior day prior to committing — 4 in January, 2 in March (5 in 2018).

• 6: Signees who attended an offseason official visit weekend prior to committing —3 in June, 3 in April.

• 3: Signees who attended an Irish Invasion prior to committing (RB Kyren Williams and LB Osita Ekwonu in 2017, Lacey in 2016)

• 3: Signees who attended the 2018 Blue-Gold game prior to committing.

• 1: Signee who attended a sophomore day prior to committing (OT Quinn Carroll).

More visit notes

Notre Dame's most successful recruiting events for the 2019 class were the 2017 USC night game and the Jan. 27 junior day.

• 4: Signees who attended ND’s 2017 night game against USC prior to committing (4 in 2018).

• 4: Signees who attended the Jan. 27, 2018 junior day prior to committing.

• 3: Signees who attended ND’s 2016 against Virginia Tech prior to committing (LB JD Bertrand, Williams and Lacey).

• 3: Signees who attended the June 15-17 recruiting weekend prior to committing.

• 2: Signees who attended the April 13-15 recruiting weekend prior to committing.

• 2: Signees who attended ND’s 2018 night game against Michigan prior to committing.

• 2: Signees who attended ND’s 2018 night game against Florida State prior to committing.

• 1: Signee who attended ND’s 2018 night game against Stanford prior to committing (DE Isaiah Foskey).

• 15: Signees who attended an ND home game prior to committing. 

Time commitment

• 20.6: Average number of days following a visit that resulted in an ND signee’s verbal commitment (28.6 in 2018).

• 10: Median number of days following a visit that resulted in a signee’s commitment (10 in 2018).

• 2: Signees who committed the day a visit ended (8 in 2018).

• 7: Signees who committed within a week following a visit (12 in 2018).

• 15: Signees who committed within a month following a visit (19 in 2018).

• 5: Signees who committed more than 40 days after their previous visit. Foskey waited the longest to commit after a visit. He signed with the Irish 81 days after attending the Stanford game.

• 1: Signee (DT Jacob Lacey) who committed before their junior year (5 in 2018).

• 16: Signees who committed before their senior year (15 in 2018).

• 5: Signees who committed during their senior year (12 in 2018).

Commitment flips

• 2: Signees (QB Brendon Clark — Wake Forest; Bertrand — Georgia) who were committed elsewhere before Notre Dame (7 in 2018).

• 1: Former commits (QB Cade McNamara — Michigan) who signed elsewhere (3 in 2018).

• 51: Signees who were committed elsewhere before Notre Dame in Brian Kelly’s tenure.

• 29: Former commits who signed elsewhere in Kelly’s tenure.

Recruiting competition

Of the 200 2019 players Notre Dame offered, only four recruits have not signed with a Power Five program. Two players have not yet signed, and one each signed with Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Lafayette. With 10 each, Michigan and Washington signed the most recruits that held Irish offers. The 174 non-ND signees are detailed below.

Big 10 (50): Michigan (10), Ohio State (8), Penn State (7), Purdue (5), Nebraska (5), Wisconsin (4), Illinois (3), Northwestern (2), Michigan State (2), Minnesota (1), Indiana (1), Maryland (1), Iowa (1).

SEC (49): Alabama (7), Georgia (6), Texas A&M (6), Tennessee (5), Auburn (5), Florida (5), Arkansas (4), Ole Miss (4), LSU (2), South Carolina (2), Mississippi State (2), Missouri (1).

Pac-12 (34): Washington (10), USC (9), Stanford (7), Oregon (4), Arizona (1), UCLA (1), Utah (1), Colorado (1).

Big 12 (23): Texas (9), OU (8), TCU (2), Oklahoma State (2), Iowa State (1), Texas Tech (1).

ACC (18): Clemson (6), Florida State (3), NC State (2), Virginia Tech (2), Duke (2), Virginia (1), Wake Forest (1), Georgia Tech (1).

Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth's Andre Turrentine, a 2021 athlete, reported a Notre Dame offer on April 24, 2019.