Class Snapshot: Notre Dame

Notre Dame remains in the hunt for five-star safety JuJu Smith. (247Sports)
Notre Dame remains in the hunt for five-star safety JuJu Smith. (247Sports)

Class Snapshot: Notre Dame (22 commits)

Current Rank: No. 8 nationally, 0.8996 average 247Sports Composite rating.

Top Commit: Linebacker Nyles Morgan (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) is one of the more athletic prospects at his position nationally and should have an early impact in South Bend. The U.S. Army All-American is the third-ranked inside linebacker prospect nationally and the No. 53 overall according to 247Sports Composite rankings for the 2014 cycle.

Class Strength: Offensive line. Offensive tackles Quention Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) are two of the best prospects at that position in the country. On the interior, Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) and Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) both were heavily-recruited and have good upside.

Sleeper: Notre Dame flipped defensive end Johnathon Williams (Berrien Springs, Mich.) from Missouri and the Tigers have an under-appreciated reputation for being excellent evaluators of defensive line talent during the Gary Pinkel era. The 6-foot-6, 237-pound Williams is a big-framed, rangy defensive line prospect who could end up being a dominant player as he develops.

Top Remaining Target: Notre Dame remains in the thick of things for five-star safety/athlete John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly). USC currently is the team to beat, garnering 78 percent of the predictions on 247Sports Crystal Ball, which measures recruiting predictions trends of recruiting analysts across the country, but the Irish have been at or near the top for most of the cycle. It’s going to come down to Smith wanting to stay home or travel for college.

Remaining Needs: Notre Dame would like to add one more defensive tackle in this class. Daniel Cage (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) and Michael Sawyers (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) are two names to watch. Also, the Irish need playmakers at receiver and are battling Florida, Ole Miss and others for the electric Isaiah McKenzie (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage), who has favored Notre Dame for most of the process.

Top Recruiter: Running game coordinator/offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Hiestand was the primary recruiter-of-record for Nelson, Bars and Byrne. He currently ranks No. 26 nationally in the 247Sports Recruiter Rankings for the 2014 cycle.

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