Notre Dame football’s 2020 recruiting class included a five-star tight end. Here are three signees that will have an immediate impact next season.
This season for the Fighting Irish is all about perspective. Coming off of a playoff appearance in the 2018 season, the Irish are looking to change the narrative about what kind of program they are.
Head coach Brian Kelly said he thought the Irish were not that far away from Clemson as it concerned recruiting and he wasn’t completely inaccurate. While Clemson has been in the 7-16 range with this season (No. 3) being their best yet, Notre Dame has recruited in the 10-18 range and their class next season potentially being their best under Kelly.
The difference between who their top recruits have been. Many of Clemson’s top-rated players have been skill position players. They landed players like Trevor Lawrence, Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross and Travis Etienne. Most of Notre Dame’s top-rated recruits have come along the offensive line and tight end.
This season, the Fighting Irish class is ranked 17th according to 247Sports. The class is solid but small. They signed 17 players and added two players via the transfer portal. They were also one of many schools that were done before the second National Signing Day.
This class was indicative of Kelly trying to change the narrative about who they are as a program. They landed players from 15 different states and the District of Columbia solidifying them as a program that can recruit nationally. They emphasized the perimeter skill positions by landing five wide receivers.
These are three players that will have an impact next season.