The month of May promises to be another packed period in employment. The coaches are on their way, new rumors will start, several players are expected to make decisions and of course official visits will begin in early June.
As Notre Dame continues to gain momentum in the 2023 recruitment cycle, staff do not plan to slow down any time soon. This means that employment issues continue to rise.
Questions come from Irish Breakdown subscribers on the bulletin board.
@christopher-crosby: Ryan, you recently announced that several new recruits have received offers from Notre Dame in class 2023. Are these kids taking or is it about keeping them?
It’s hard to say at first. I believe that the best recruitment staff always continue to evaluate and identify talent. Judging by the talent he recruits like an offensive lineman Joe Otting and a wide receiver Joshua Manning I have, I think there is a legitimate interest there. Whether they are taken or not, we simply do not yet have an answer to that.
Whether it will reach the campus in the future will be a great indicator of how serious each situation is. They may also be a little incentive for some top recruits on the board to consider how serious their interest is, but that’s just speculation.
@irishsooner: I know we can choose to be selective because we already have one coming back to class and now sitting pretty well with Jayden Limara. There was talk of Jeremiyah Love getting involved and finding a place for him once here. Has any of our recent trends (sitting well with Jaden Greathouse and Rodney Gallagher and opening the backboard a bit) changed our employment with him? Thank you!
That is a fascinating question. Ultimately, I think Notre Dame would like to bring Love into the classroom if possible. However, as you mentioned, the numbers could get awkward. I don’t think a wide receiver panel will change the situation much. I have a feeling his fitness will come down to how the defensive back plate shakes.
The staff would like to add at least two corners to the class and potentially a third safety if it is real (Caleb Down) required in class. If the class is kept at four, I believe Love would be a quality with its versatility. If he pushes on five defensive backs then things could get very tricky.
Regardless, I’m a big fan of Love’s talent. I would be thrilled to have him in class if possible.
@ptarsneynd: Given that Devan Houston is dedicated, and Sullivan Absher potentially this week, how much can that help / push the case of Jason Moore and Monroe Freeling? Especially since they both seem to want to take the time with their recruitment.
If Notre Dame managed to get a commitment from Absher, it would be a big boost in Freeling’s hiring. As Irish Breakdown staff have said in the past, they are friends who have spent a lot of time together on campus in the past and come from the same region.
Freeling claimed he wanted to take all of his official visits, but we would be lying if we said the team’s chances wouldn’t have improved if Absher was part of the Notre Dame class. It’s not a package deal at all, but it would certainly be a big bonus for Notre Dame, a program that Freeling is already at its peak.
As for commitment to Houstan, I believe that helps Jason Moore in a couple of ways. For starters, great players want to play with other great players. The fact that Houstan will already be part of an amazing four-member class will help with that. It also pushes the class to the end point. They want to take the fifth defensive line player and it is no secret who would have the ideal last place. This means that all the energy can be invested in closing Moore. All-terrain pressure is involved.
@daniwilster: Dante Moore is not involved, who would be the top five recruits, in terms of needs, left to the Irish to enter the 2023 class?
Wait, you don’t want to talk about it Dante Moore? I’m horrified (I’m kidding, I’m kidding).
For me, these would be places that are not yet filled. Monroe Freeling on the left the bottle is large. They managed to throw in a really good internal offensive line Sam Pendleton but they are still waiting for that first real attack in the attack to disappear from the board.
The corner is another huge need that hit the tub Justin Rhett annulled. Personally, I would love both Micah Tease and Micah bell be part of this class. Some would even say Christian Gray is the top target on the board. I agree with any of the options. It’s a big cycle for the position and the Irish have to get two out of three to feel better about Rhett’s departure.
Despite the fact that there is already a wide receiver on the board Braylon JamesI would argue that though Rodney Gallagher is close to the priority list. It brings a dynamic element that works in a space that is very scarce on the list. Its uniqueness brings a lot to the table. Hence, it is about preferences.
Some would argue that he is an offensive lineman Charles take care and some would say defensive lineman Jason Moore push the defensive line class from very good to elite. I’m good with both, to be completely honest, but it would be ideal to get both.
@colin-mccan: Can you share your general thoughts on why recruitment for 2023 is so defensive-difficult right now and if / when we can expect offensive recruitment to catch up? Do you think this will happen after the visit from June 10 to 12? I guess there’s a slight delay due to Notre Dame pushing hard on both the quarterback and the group’s broad receivers and those recruits who are probably waiting to see how things go a little before they feel comfortable committing somewhere?
It is a combination of several factors.
First of all, you nailed an important element. Broad recipients usually take their time deciding on commitments, especially when Notre Dame is still trying to close Dante Moore at quarterback.
In addition, coaching changes had the biggest impact on that early. While Al Washington and Al Golden there were new reinforcements in the professional staff, you have to remember that Marcus Freeman remained in the equation throughout the transition as well Mike Mickens and Chris O’Leary. With his defensive background, it’s a big boost for that side of recruiting. Plus, Chad Bowden he began the cycle working primarily with defensive recruits before moving into a role beyond overall recruitment efforts. That was also a big factor.
On the offensive side of the ball there was a complete change outside the offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. I would expect the offensive numbers to start forming this month and then really reduce the gap during June.
@charlieweislastbeltloop: Should we give up hope that Notre Dame will imprison Samuel M’Pemba?
No, absolutely not. Notre Dame doesn’t seem to be in as good a position with the IMG Academy star as they used to be, but hiring is just a boost. The staff just needs to regain momentum in their favor.
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M’Pemba is obviously an incredibly talented athlete and the Irish should exhaust all efforts to get him into the class. If it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work. The best programs in the country, however, are not delayed because things are moving. Freeman built a staff of ruthless recruiters.
I don’t think he will escape the challenge.
@michaelcupero: I’m also interested in the latest and greatest on M’Pemba.
Do we have any idea what the recruits’ plan for the Blue Gold game was? I wonder what the recruits saw. Same question for the upcoming weekend on June 10th.
(For reflections on Samuel M’Pembasee above.)
The exact schedule is not fully known, but talking to several novices after the visit, there are obviously some common activities that each mentioned after the trip. There are the usual things, touring the facilities, meeting with players and coaches, and visiting academic advisors to discuss the academic side of the university.
Of course, this event is focused on the blue-gold fight so the atmosphere of the day of the game is a great element for novices. Many of them spent time walking around campus and soaking up the environment.
Perhaps the most unique element of the experience was the presence of alumni during and before the game. There were presentations by several former students in which the novices could spend some time with them and ask questions. It was an extraordinary use of resources by the coaching staff.
@jeromes_busdriver: I saw some noise on twitter about the relationship Drayk Bowen made with Jaiden Ausberry. At this point, what do you think is the likelihood that you’ll get him out of Brian Kelly’s backyard (literally, given that his father is an assistant athletic director at LSU)?
After Ausberry visited South Bend in late March, the pulse of this recruitment seems much different than before. I was extremely pessimistic about Notre Dame’s chances of potentially pulling Ausberry out of Louisiana, or just the South for that matter.
While I’m not ready to predict he’ll end up with the Irish, although I certainly feel more optimistic than before, I secretly doubt he won’t end up with LSU either.
Still, there is a lot of competition for Ausberry’s services. Notre Dame will have to regain momentum when he returns to campus for the weekend of June 10th.
@ aftd2007: What is the day in the life of Ryan Roberts trying to capture recruitment information?
I like to start early. I wake up at 5:30 every day, sometimes earlier, depending on my daughter’s sleep schedule (or lack thereof). From that early start, I like to do some various tasks or start setting my day for what I want to achieve.
The morning is mostly filled with text messages or calls, depending on whether I’m trying to get in direct contact with a recruit, coach, or parent. Building relationships is huge so many times I will only briefly apply more informally. There is no secret to getting information. Trust and relationship development is the biggest thing. Also the reading between the lines is huge. Just as there is a conversation with a coach, there is also a “recruitment conversation”. T
That is why it is important to follow what you hear and see tangibly. At the end of the day I try to go through my to-do list and see what I’ve accomplished. If you finish everything, it probably means you haven’t pushed hard enough.
Oh and a little coffee is mixed in places.
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