Notre Dame football celebrates St. Patrick's Day with recruiting blitz on 2023 class
The Notre Dame football program celebrated St. Patrick Day’s by showering 2023 recruits with attention.
The Irish coaching staff did so by sending #PotOfGold graphics to its top targets in the 2023 class, extending dozens of new scholarship offers to 2023 prospects and having conversations with as many of them as possible.
By Wednesday evening, 29 recruits in the 2023 class reported new offers from Notre Dame.
The list of new offers included the first quarterback offered in the class, Arch Manning. The son of Cooper, nephew of former NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli and grandson of former NFL quarterback Archie, stepped into the spotlight as the starting quarterback at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He completed 117 of his 163 passes (71.8 percent) for 1,643 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions as sophomore.
247Sports slates Manning as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2023 class and No. 5 overall.
Notre Dame also offered 2023 quarterback Dante Moore from Detroit’s Martin Luther King Jr. High. 247Sports ranks Moore as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the class and No. 12 overall. Moore threw for 1,434 yards and 23 touchdowns with three interceptions last season.
Eleven of Notre Dame’s new offers went to recruits ranked among the top 100 in the 2023 class by 247Sports including No. 1 overall prospect Lebbeus Overton from Milton, Ga.
CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming was complimentary of Notre Dame’s decision to offer so many sophomores. The Irish entered Wednesday with 42 reported offers in the 2023 class prior to the offer spree.
“This is the final piece of the puzzle to get Notre Dame into the top five classes,” Lemming said. “It’s offering early and then you stay on top of them. At least once a week, build a rapport with the kids and you’ll see Notre Dame start to land some of these guys. By not offering early, you cut out one-third of the top kids nationally every year.
“It’s all about persistence, personality and early connections with the kids.”
Notre Dame's coaching staff built the suspense of Wednesday's #PotOfGold event with tweets hinting at something big coming earlier in the week. The Irish also added a commitment from 2022 linebacker Joshua Burnham, a four-star recruit from Traverse City (Mich.) Central, Wednesday evening.
And it the middle of it all, Notre Dame's coaches danced. Watch below.
The following 2023 recruits reported new offers from Notre Dame on Wednesday. The first 11 players listed are ranked among the top 100 in their class according to 247Sports.
DE Lebbeus Overton; Milton (Ga.) High; No. 1 overall
QB Arch Manning; New Orleans Isidore Newman; No. 5 overall
QB Dante Moore; Detroit Martin Luther King; No. 12 overall
LB Jayvant Brown; Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High; No. 15 overall
DE Keldric Faulk; Highland Home (Ala.) High; No. 28 overall
DT Victor Burley; Warner Robins (Ga.) High; No. 33 overall
WR Deandre Moore; Las Vegas Desert Pines; No. 37 overall
WR Jalen Hale; Longview (Texas) High; No. 60 overall
S Derek Williams; New Iberia (La.) Westgate; No. 62 overall
DE/TE Matayo Uiagalelei; Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco; No. 73 overall
CB Malik Muhammad; Bradenton (Fla). IMG Academy; No. 80 overall
RB Dalton Brooks; Shiner (Texas) High
WR Jaquaize Pettaway; Houston Langham Creek
WR Hykeem Williams; Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan
DE Avion Carter; Amarillo (Texas) Tascosa
DE Keon Keeley; Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep
LB Troy Ford; Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day
ROV Jaden Robinson; Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
CB Daylen Austin; Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
CB Kayin Lee; Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
CB Caleb Presley; Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic
CB Jayvon Thomas; Dallas South Oak Cliff
CB Javien Toviano; Arlington (Texas) Martin
CB Ryan Yaites; Denton (Texas) Guyer
S Peyton Bowen; Denton (Texas) Guyer
S Daemon Fagan; Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
S Mikal Harrison-Pilot; Temple (Texas) High
S King Mack; Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
S Isaac Smith; Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba