Notre Dame's 2015 Recruiting Homeruns And Surprises
The Irish 2015 recruiting class is nearly set, and Wednesday will provide many with perhaps an expected signing and even a surprise.
Overall, the strength of the "SHAMROCK SOLDIERS" is again on defense, but some NSD surprises could elevate the entire class to a top 5 ranking.
Most followers of recruiting would already cherish the current class.
It hits heavy on linebackers, comes with mass and talent on the offensive line, brings in a quarterback resembling the play of Russell Wilson , adds talent to the wide receiver unit and silently builds yet again- the defensive line with some amazing players.
And for kickers- adds the top kicker in the country.
But by late Wednesday, 2 names and a possible third would almost come across as a Christmas in February.
Equanimeous St Brown could cap a stellar class for Brian Kelly. He currently sits in many eyes as Irish, but USC and UCLA remain in the mix for the services of the nations top 20 wide receiver. His 4.4 speed and tall frame would give Kelly a cash cow at the position alongside Will Fuller, Corey Robinson,CJ Prosise,Chris Brown,Torri Hunter and recruits Miles Boykin and Jaylon Guyton.
Runningback is a current spot in need of support in this year's class with Josh Adams as the lone pledge.
2 elite backs remain in the picture for a NSD fax to South Bend- Miami decommit Dexter Williams and long shot and recent Irish lean SoSo Jamabo.
Jamabo has cooled late and currently projects to UCLA.
Which would leave the Irish in need of a back like Williams to cap the class.
If a longshot remained and would gleem in the eyes of many Irish faithful, it would be for cornerback Iman Marshall to fax his papers to South Bend.
But the closest thing to his commit to Notre Dame is perhaps a TWEET for Irish faithful to follow another Irish pledge-Ashton White.
Marshall was recently courted by Michigan late, but should sign with USC.
If he pulled a fast one on the recruiting world and did in fact sign with Notre Dame, it would conjure up memories of Manti Teo and his NSD shocker of sorts.
Which brings us back to Dexter Williams.
A national top 10 back and recruited by Tony Alford, Williams would add elite status to an already stellar group of players with Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant.
His pledge to Notre Dame would give Brian Kelly another elite class.
And for the 2015 class overall, Irish fans would relish his NSD pledge to an already top 10 group.
It would be a stunner in South Beach and warm the snow packed faithful at Notre Dame.
St Brown and Williams to Notre Dame
CURRENT 2015 CLASS
Brandon Wimbush QB Jersey City, NJ St. Peters 6'1" 195 4.69 : Wimbush mocked his signing early Tuesday, but for those that saw his performance during the New Jersey playoffs- he is himself, and will provide the Irish with yet another option at quarterback and perhaps could join Zaire and Golson at the top of the chart come spring.
Josh Adams RB Warrington, PA Central Bucks Hs-South 6'2" 205: As of today, Adams is the lone back of the class. Should Dexter Williams sign with the Irish, both will elevate the running game in short order. Adams becomes a homer only if Williams doesn't sign with Notre Dame based solely on need.
Miles Boykin WR New Lenox, IL Providence Catholic 6'4" 215 4.51: The comparison's will soon follow Boykin of one Michael Floyd- a player that could start within a few games. His size alone will present the passing attack with another big target alongside current Irish wideout Corey Robinson.
Jaylon Guyton WR Allen, TX Allen H S 6'1" 185 4.40: Simply put, the class he competed in elevates Guyton to elite status as a 2015 receiver in all of high school. A little quite during Allen's run to the title in the 5A championship, Guyton put up massive numbers during his career and joins an elite class of receivers for the Irish.
CJ Sanders WR Brentwood, TN Brentwood Academy 5'10" 165 4.32: The Rocket. That's the company many perceive Sanders in. Tall order for a little player, but Sanders can spark an area of concern for the Irish- special teams.
Alize Jones TE Bishop Gorman 6'5" 230: The Irish again fulfill the position that continues to propell players to the NFL. Jones will continue the tradition.
Tristen Hoge OL Pocatello, ID Highland High School 6'5" 290
Trevor Ruhland OL Cary, IL Cary-Grove Community High School 6'4" 270
Jerry Tillery OL Shreveport, LA Evangel Christian Academy 6'6" 315:Tillery will move to the defense come spring.
Micah Dew-Treadway DT Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook High School 6'5" 270
Elijah Taylor DT Cincinnati, OH Moeller 6'3" 275
Brandon Tiassum DT Indianapolis, IN Park Tudor 6'5" 285
Bo Wallace DE New Orleans, LA John Curtis Christian 6'4" 210
Mykelti Williams S Warren Central 5'11" 190: The late edition to the 15' class hails from Sheldon Day's stomping grounds.The December commit ranks as the nation's 42 overall safety.
Many experts have pegged the class of linebackers for the Irish in 2015 as the top of college football overall. Enhanced by corners Shaun Crawford and safety Nicco Fertitta, the Irish not only filled a depth issue but enhanced the athletic aspect in the secondary that Brian Kelly has built over the last few years.
Josh Barajas LB Merrillville, IN Andrean 6'3" 215
Asmar Bilal LB Indianapolis, IN Ben Davis High School 6'3" 210
Tevon Coney LB Palm Beach Gardens, FL Palm Beach Gardens High School 6'1" 220
Nicco Fertitta S Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman HS 5'10" 185 4.60
Nick Coleman CB Kettering, OH Archbishop Alter 6'0" 175
Shaun Crawford CB Lakewood , OH St. Edward 5'9" 170 4.48
Ashton White CB Washington, DC Bishop McNamara 5'11" 185
Justin Yoon K Milton, MA Milton Academy 5'11" 185
Noteworthy for Irish fans is the return of potential NFL draftees Sheldon Day and Ronnie Stanley.
And as of this week, Notre Dame returns 19 starters overall from 2014, the most in all of college football.
2015 ended great with the LSU win.
And as of Wednesday evening, the 2015 season should start off with an explosion based on the recruiting class assembled by 5th year coach Brian Kelly and his staff.