Notre Dame turns recruiting corner with commitment from 2020 WR Jordan Johnson
Wide receivers approaching consensus top 100 status in recruiting rankings haven't signed with Notre Dame often under head coach Brian Kelly.
The Irish took a step in the right direction Saturday night, earning a verbal commitment from Jordan Johnson. The St. Louis DeSmet Jesuit receiver and 2020 recruit announced the news via Twitter.
Johnson is currently a consensus top 60 recruit. The four-star recruit ranks as 247Sports' No. 10 receiver and No. 56 overall player. Rivals slates Johnson as its No. 13 receiver and No. 59 overall player.
Only three wide receivers to sign with Notre Dame under Kelly have been ranked among the top 112 players overall in their recruiting classes by both Rivals and 247Sports: Davonte Neal (2012), Justin Brent (2014) and Javon McKinley (2016).
“He can run, he’s a physical kid and the kind of guy Notre Dame needs,” said Tom Lemming, a recruiting analyst for CBS Sports Network. “They have been really weak when it comes to recruiting running backs and wide receivers of that ilk. Guys that can be a difference maker at those positions.”
The 6-foot-2, 195 pounder verbally pledged during his ND official visit. This weekend was the first on the 2019 recruiting calendar that allowed official visits for high school juniors. The Irish are taking advantage of it by hosting eight 2020 recruits for official visits this weekend.
Notre Dame considered Johnson among the top of its 2020 recruiting board. He caught 28 passes for 721 yards and nine touchdowns across 12 games as a junior.
Johnson joins ND's 2020 class of five other commits: defensive tackle Aidan Keanaaina, defensive end Alexander Ehrensberger, tight ends Michael Mayer and Kevin Bauman and quarterback Drew Pyne.
247Sports ranks ND's 2020 class No. 12 nationally. Rivals slates it No. 11.
— Jordan Johnson (@jjohnsonj1) April 6, 2019