The early signing period has come and gone with Notre Dame pulling in an impressive class. This is likely the best offensive class Brian Kelly has brought in during his years at Notre Dame. This Notre Dame recruiting class currently sits ranked at 11th in the country but it is slightly misleading.
2020 Notre Dame Recruiting Class
The 2020 class features two players on offense with a five star rating and their top four recruits are all on offense with all four ranked in the top 100 overall. It also has an average player rating on 90.66. That is a higher average than Oklahoma and Florida. Both are ranking higher than Notre Dame at 10th and 8th respectively.
On average, Notre Dame is pulling in talent similar to Ohio State and Auburn. The reason for the lower ranking is only having 18 commits. Notre Dame’s 18 commits in their 2020 class is tied for the third lowest among the top 25 classes. With the rankings based on average player rating and number of commits, Notre Dame pulling the 11th ranked class despite having far fewer recruits shows how talented this group is.
Jordan Johnson and Xavier Watts should make a push for playing time early and tight end Michael Mayer is the number two tight end in the class. The star of the class, Chris Tyree is the fastest player in the entire class and the number one APB according to 247 Sports.
For anyone concerned about how talented this bunch actually is, look at their offer sheet. Many of the top commits held offers from a number of playoff teams and could have gone just about anywhere they wanted.
Future of Notre Dame
Now the questions shifts to the future of the Notre Dame offense. While Clark Lea continues to be one of the best defensive coaches in the country, the OC is a question mark. Rumors of Tommy Rees taking over the offense still circle with the bowl game coming up.
As I previously mentioned, Tommy Rees at OC would be a disaster. Notre Dame consistently has one of the best defenses in the country and has rarely been a question. Now with an overhaul of offensive talent, Notre Dame needs to capitalize. 10 win seasons are great but a return to the playoff is the real goal. Going stagnant on offense against top 50 defenses has to be a thing of the past.
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