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June 2022: The Program-Changing Month for Notre Dame

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Nick Kremer ᐧ Irish Tribune



Notre Dame has a continued hold on the nation’s number 1 recruiting class ranking. In the month of June, Notre Dame can grow that lead even more with the visitors they have coming to South Bend. Can the Irish finish at number 1? A lot will depend on two weekends in June.



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The first big recruiting weekend will take place June 9-13, where the Irish will host official visitors with a lot of star power. Notre Dame commits Sullivan Absher, Devan Houston, Sam Pendleton, and Adon Shuler will be on campus for their official visits starting June 9th.


Several more big time Notre Dame targets will arrive on June 10th. 5 ND commit Keon Keeley will be on campus and will be trying to persuade other Irish targets to join him for a title run at Notre Dame. 5 safety Caleb Downs, 4 DL Jason Moore, 4 LB Jaiden Ausberry, 4 CB Christian Gray, 4 ATH Micah Tease, 4 WR Rico Flores Jr, and 4 ATH Ronan Hanifin will all be arriving on campus for their official visit.


This list contains some of the top targets left on Notre Dame's recruiting board. Of these visitors, I would not be surprised to see a commitment from Moore, Ausberry, and Flores either on their visit, or shortly after. I feel very confident that the Irish will end up landing those three, and eventually Gray. The Irish have a chance to make a monumental impression on all of these visitors during this weekend.


The final visitor, who will arrive on Monday, June 13, is 5 RB Richard Young. Young was a late addition to the Official Visitor list, and is the elite type of running back that Notre Dame has been missing over the years. Young is the type of back that goes to Alabama, and ends up winning a Heisman trophy. You would expect for him to end up in the SEC, but he has serious interest in what is happening at Notre Dame. Look for Marcus Freeman and Deland McCullough to roll out the red carpet for this elite back.



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June 17-19 will include just as much star power visiting campus as the weekend prior. ND commit Cooper Flanagan will be on campus for his official visit, and he will take on the role of recruiter for the weekend. 5 ATH Samuel M’Pemba, 4 WR Jaden Greathouse, 4 WR Christian Hamilton, 4 CB Jasiah Wagoner, 4 RB Jeremiyah Love, 4 LB Jordan Hall, and 4 CB Micah Bell will be on campus for official visits. Additionally, 4 OL Charles Jagusah will arrive on Sunday, June 19.


Among this list, I would look for a possible commitment from Greathouse, Wagoner, Love, Jagusah and Bell either during, or shortly after their visit. I feel very confident that the Irish will end up landing Bell, Jagusah, and Greathouse.


Back to back LOADED visitor weekends show that ND is ready to solidify this as the nation’s number 1 recruiting class.


The missing piece in these two weekends is 5 QB Dante Moore. The Notre Dame coaching staff pushed to get Dante on campus for either one of the big recruiting weekends, but Moore decided to take an unofficial visit to Texas A&M on the weekend of the 17th, and has 7 on 7 plans for the weekend of the 10th. With Dante still expected to commit to Notre Dame, this is a missed opportunity for him to help recruit and build for his future offense. While my confidence in landing Moore is still high, the longer this recruitment goes on makes me increasingly nervous about the QB position for this class.


With or without Dante Moore on campus, these two weekends in June are loaded with talent. If the Irish can close on the prospects they are supposed to, and get a couple of surprises, this will prove to be the class that changes the program. The class that brings a National Championship back to Notre Dame.

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