Notre Dame has just about wrapped up their 2020 recruiting class. The final signing day hasn’t arrived but Notre Dame is already looking ahead to the 2021 class. While the 2020 class is arguably the best offensive class Brian Kelly has had, 2021 could be the best Brian Kelly has ever had. That would hit another level if they can land top priority, Will Shipley.
Shipley is the top APB and the number 21st overall player in the 2021 class according to 247 Sports. The talented running back has been the main focus of the Fighting Irish with Lance Taylor visiting him every chance he can. Tommy Rees and Brian Kelly have also been to visit as they make a push to land the second best player in North Carolina.
Shipley has also mentioned his desire to get to Notre Dame and his strong relationship with the staff:
Shipley tells 247Sports and Irish Illustrated that he’s working on getting to campus for the big recruiting weekend of March 20-22 and then potentially a month or so late for an official visit. If the Irish can get him in town for both of those trips, it could go a very long way to landing his commitment.Via 247 Sports
“It’s great every time I get to speak to Coach Taylor,” Shipley said. “I like him more and more each time I see him. I think it’s really important to create relationships with someone you might be coached by for three or four years. Each time I see him, I think that relationship just develops more.”Via Rivals
Obviously a player of this caliber is drawing interest from all over the country. Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson are all vying for the attention of the talented back. Saban and Dabo were both meeting him at his his school and Ryan Day has been checking in weekly.
However Lance Taylor has been making an impact and it looks like Shipley could end up in the blue and gold. The 247 Crystal Ball predicts Shipley to Notre Dame. Other recruiting services give Shipley a heavy Notre Dame lean.
With a few likely visits coming up, Notre Dame could see a commitment some time this Spring.
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