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2016 Notre Dame Signing Class

Feb. 3, 2016

Ian Book
6-0, 190
Quarterback
El Dorado Hills, California (Oak Ridge High School)

Three-year starting quarterback at Oak Ridge High School ... helped Oak Ridge to 12 and 10-win seasons, respectively, as a sophomore (2013) and senior (2015) ... twice led Oak Ridge to the Sac-Joaquin section semifinals ... named Sierra Foothill League Most Valuable Player ... awarded 2015 Back of the Year by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame and the Sacramento Valley Chapter’s all-Sac-Joaquin section ... earned Sacramento Bee First Team All-Metro honors in 2015 and honorable mention status in 2014 ...the nation’s No. 17-ranked pro-style quarterback by 247Sports, No. 39-ranked quarterback by Scout, No. 22-ranked pocket passer by ESPN and No. 14-ranked pro-style quarterback by Rivals ... scholastic career stats: 7,632 passing yards, 78 touchdown passes, 64.6 percent completion percentage (603 of 934) ... threw for a career-high 3,049 yards in 13 games as a senior in 2015 ... recorded 30 TD passes (just five interceptions) while rushing for 779 yards on 129 carries and 12 scores ... completed 70.5 percent of his passes (244 of 346) ... threw for 2,025 yards in 10 games as a junior in 2014 ... recorded 18 TD passes (seven interceptions) ... completed 62.5 percent of his passes (155 of 248) ... as a sophomore in 2013, threw for 2,558 yards in 14 games ... recorded 30 TD passes (just five interceptions) ... completed 60.0 percent of his passes (204 of 340) ... played for head coach Eric Cavaliere at Oak Ridge High School ... lead recruiter was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.

Parker Boudreaux
6-3, 300
Offensive Line
Winter Garden, Florida (Bishop Moore High School)

One of the top players in the state of Florida and an elite offensive line prospect nationally ... three-year letterwinner at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Florida ... helped Bishop Moore to a 14-1 record and a Florida Class 5A championship – the school’s first state title since 1970 ... Bishop Moore went 14-1 and reached the 2014 Florida Class 5A semifinals ... 2015 MaxPreps First Team All-American ... Associated Press Florida All-State Class 5A First-Team selection ... named 5A Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Player of the Year ... earned first team FACA all-district ... 2014 MaxPreps Second Team Medium Schools All-American ... named to the 2014 Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida team and American Family Insurance Florida All-State team ... selected to participate in the 2016 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, 2016 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Daytona Beach, Florida and Nike’s 2015 "The Opening" in Beaverton, Oregon ... No. 13-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2016 Central Florida Super60 ... No. 4-ranked player in the Central Florida area by Bright House Sports Network ... the nation’s No. 13-ranked offensive guard by 247Sports, No. 32-ranked offensive guard by Scout, No. 21-ranked offensive guard by ESPN and No. 21-ranked offensive tackle by Rivals ... Florida’s No. 34-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 58-ranked player by Scout, No. 53-ranked player by ESPN and No. 45-ranked player by Rivals ... No. 304-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 45-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... played for head coach Matt Hedrick at Bishop Moore High School ... lead recruiter was offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.  

 

 

Chase Claypool
6-4, 215
Wide Receiver
Abbotsford, British Columbia (Abbotsford Senior Secondary School)

One of the top players ever to come out of British Columbia and an elite wide receiver prospect ... helped Abbotsford reach the 2015 British Columbia High School Football AA Championship game (first such berth since 1984) ... could become the eighth player from Canada to appear in varsity action for Notre Dame ... last Canadian to sign with the Irish was linebacker Bill Mitoulas from Toronto, Ontario, in 1994 ... in 2015, versatile athlete caught 58 passes for 1,473 yards and 18 TDs; rushed for 567 yards and eight TDs on 47 carries; completed six of eight passes for 103 yards and three TDs; added 74 tackles, including two sacks, two fumble recoveries and five interceptions; returned four punts for 195 yards (two TDs) and seven kickoffs for 176 yards (one TD) ... held the following school records: career and single-season TDs, career and single-season receiving yards, career and single-season receptions, single-season tackles, career and single-season interceptions and longest receiving TD ... one of three finalists for the Sports BC 50th annual Athlete of the Year ... selected to participate in Nike’s 2015 "The Opening" in Beaverton, Oregon and the 2016 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida ... No. 280-ranked player nationally and No. 12-ranked tight end on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 159-ranked player in the nation and No. 12-ranked wide receiver on ESPN 300 list ... No. 170-ranked player in the nation and No. 33-ranked wide receiver on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 109-ranked player in the nation and No. 22-ranked wide receiver on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 262-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... played for head coach Jay Fujimura at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School ... lead recruiter was associate head coach/wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock.

Liam Eichenberg
6-6, 280
Offensive Line
Cleveland, Ohio (Saint Ignatius High School)

One of the top players in the state of Ohio and an elite offensive tackle prospect nationally ... 2015 MaxPreps First Team All-American ... 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA Ohio Football Team ... 2015 Associated Press All-Ohio Division I First Team ... 2015 Associated Press Northeast Ohio Lakes All-District First Team ... selected to participate in the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Florida ... No. 79-ranked player nationally and No. 7-ranked offensive tackle on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 67-ranked player in the nation and No. 6-ranked offensive tackle on ESPN 300 list ... No. 80-ranked player in the nation and No. 7-ranked offensive tackle on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 194-ranked player in the nation and No. 11-ranked offensive tackle on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 233-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 125-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... Ohio’s No. 4-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 3-ranked player by Scout, No. 3-ranked player by ESPN and No. 6-ranked player by Rivals ... No. 1-ranked offensive lineman in Northeast Ohio by Cleveland.com ... played for legendary head coach Chuck Kyle at Saint Ignatius High School ... lead recruiter was offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.  

Jalen Elliott
6-0, 189
Defensive Back
Richmond, Virginia (Lloyd C. Bird High School)

One of the most versatile athletes in the nation due to his ability to play multiple positions ... helped Lloyd C. Bird to Virginia State Championships in 2013 and 2014 ... 2015 Virginia High School Coaches Association 5A All-State First Team ... 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Virginia Football Second Team ... 2015 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Region 5A South First Team ... 2015 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro First Team ... named Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game ... threw for 928 yards in 12 games as a senior in 2015 ... recorded 14 touchdown passes ... registered 14 tackles, five interceptions and seven pass breakups as a defensive back ... threw for 1,736 yards in 16 games as a junior in 2014 ... recorded 24 TD passes (just five interceptions) while rushing for 271 yards and seven scores ... registered 19 tackles and picked off two passes as a defensive back ... No. 93-ranked wide receiver on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 46-ranked athlete on ESPN 300 list ... No. 468-ranked player in the nation and No. 26-ranked athlete on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 15-ranked safety on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 285-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... Virginia’s No. 13-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 4-ranked player by Scout, No. 22-ranked player by ESPN and No. 5-ranked player by Rivals ... played for head coach David Bedwell at Lloyd C. Bird High School ... lead recruiter was special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Scott Booker.

Daelin Hayes
6-3, 239
Linebacker
Belleville, Michigan (Skyline High School)

Arrives at Notre Dame as one of the top athletes in the 2016 recruiting class ... projected to be an outside linebacker for the Fighting Irish ... enrolled at Notre Dame and began taking classes in January ... will participate in 2016 spring drills with the Fighting Irish ... suffered a separated shoulder and missed the majority of his senior season at Skyline High School ... selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas (did not play due to injury) and Nike’s 2015 "The Opening" in Beaverton, Oregon ... No. 2-ranked player in Michigan in the preseason by The Detroit News ... No. 223-ranked player nationally and No. 14-ranked outside linebacker on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 230-ranked player in the nation and No. 12-ranked athlete on ESPN 300 list ... No. 107-ranked player in the nation and No. 10-ranked outside linebacker on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 21-ranked player in the nation and No. 7-ranked linebacker on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 31-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 80-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... Michigan’s No. 4-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 8-ranked player by Scout, No. 5-ranked player by ESPN and No. 1-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Chanterius Brock at Skyline High School ... lead recruiter was defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.  

Jamir Jones
6-3, 220
Linebacker
Rochester, New York (Aquinas Institute)

Versatile athlete who played linebacker, tight end, quarterback and safety over his three-year varsity career at Aquinas Institute ... projected to be an outside linebacker or rush defensive end for the Fighting Irish ... helped Aquinas Institute to a 13-0 record and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA State Championship ... selected to participate in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl ... 2015 New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA First Team ... 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA New York Football Second Team ... registered 98 tackles, 68 solo stops, 23.0 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries in 13 games as a senior in 2015 ... added one interception, five passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... caught 43 passes for 822 yards (19.1 yards per reception) and nine TDs as a tight end ... as a junior in 2014, threw for 715 yards in eight games ... recorded five TD passes ... rushed for 205 yards and one TD on 68 carries ... caught two passes for 57 yards and one TD ... recorded 17 tackles, 15 solo stops, 6.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries ... added four passes defended and one forced fumble ... No. 39-ranked outside linebacker on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 100-ranked outside linebacker on ESPN 300 list ... No. 70-ranked outside linebacker on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 43-ranked outside linebacker on Rivals.com 250 list ... New York’s No. 3-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 8-ranked player by Scout, No. 10-ranked player by ESPN and No. 2-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Chris Battaglia at Aquinas Institute ... younger brother of current Notre Dame senior defensive lineman Jarron Jones ... lead recruiter was recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Elston.

Jonathan Jones
6-0, 200
Linebacker
Ocoee, Florida (Oak Ridge High School)

Versatile linebacker who could play inside or outside ... selected to participate in the Nike 2015 "The Opening" in Beaverton, Oregon ... helped Oak Ridge to 9-3 and 10-2 records over each of the last two seasons, and a pair of berths into the Florida High School Football Playoffs ... member of the 2016 U.S. Under-19 National Team that competed against Canada in the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas ... 2015 Associated Press Florida All-State Class 8A Second Team selection ... 2014-15 All-Central Florida FloridaHSFootball.com Elite Second Team ... 2014 Associated Press Florida All-State Class 7A Second Team selection ... registered 115 tackles, 7.0 sacks and one fumble recovery in 12 games as a junior in 2014 ... No. 3-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2016 Central Florida Super60 ... No. 6-ranked player in the Central Florida area by Bright House Sports Network ... No. 17-ranked inside linebacker on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 16-ranked inside linebacker on ESPN 300 list ... No. 31-ranked outside linebacker on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 19-ranked inside linebacker on Rivals.com 250 list ... Florida’s No. 61-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 96-ranked player by ESPN and No. 61-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Tyrone Sapp at Oak Ridge High School ... lead recruiter was running backs coach Autry Denson.  

Tony Jones Jr.
5-10, 219
Running Back
St. Petersburg, Florida (IMG Academy)

Dynamic running back from Florida powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida ... helped IMG Academy to a No. 7 final national ranking by MaxPreps Xcellent 25 ... selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas and the 2015 Nike "The Opening" in Beaverton, Oregon ... rushed for 514 yards and 11 TDs on 78 carries (6.6 yards per carry), including three 100-yard rushing games and a season-long run of 59 yards as a senior in 2015 ... caught six passes for 149 yards (24.8 yards per reception) and one TD ... rushed for 771 yards and 12 TDs on 66 carries (11.7 yards per carry), including four 100-yard rushing games and a career-long run of 76 yards as a junior in 2014 ... caught two passes for 31 yards (15.5 yards per reception) and one TD ... outstanding baseball player for IMG Academy ... batted .491 (26 of 53) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, nine RBI, 11 stolen bases and 16 runs scored in 18 games as a junior in 2015 ... No. 187-ranked player nationally and No. 10-ranked running back on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 37-ranked running back on ESPN 300 list ... No. 318-ranked player in the nation and No. 13-ranked running back on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 21-ranked running back on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 330-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 121-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... Florida’s No. 44-ranked player by 247Sports and No. 80-ranked player by ESPN ... played for coach Kevin Wright at IMG Academy ... lead recruiter was running backs coach Autry Denson.

Khalid Kareem
6-4, 245
Defensive Line
Pontiac, Michigan (Harrison High School)

Arrives at Notre Dame as one of the top defensive linemen in the 2016 recruiting class ... enrolled at Notre Dame and began taking classes in January ... will participate in 2016 spring drills with the Fighting Irish ... named 2015 MLive Detroit Defensive Player of the Year ... selected to the 2015 Detroit News All-State Dream Team ... named first-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2015 ... collected 56 tackles and 36 stops for loss, including 16 sacks, and added five forced fumbles and four pass breakups as a senior in 2015 for Harrison High School in Farmington, Michigan ... registered 85 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior in 2014 ... No. 282-ranked player nationally and No. 35-ranked defensive end on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 135-ranked player in the nation and No. 18-ranked defensive end on ESPN 300 list ... No. 179-ranked player in the nation and No. 9-ranked strong side defensive end on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 18-ranked strong side defensive end by Rivals.com ... named Most Valuable Player in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, California ... returned a fumble 14 yards for a touchdown and returned another fumble 78 yards as the East beat the West 28-13 ... No. 213-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 98-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... Michigan’s No. 6-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 9-ranked player by Scout, No. 1-ranked player by ESPN and No. 8-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach John Herrington at Harrison High School ... lead recruiter was defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.  

Tommy Kraemer
6-5, 310
Offensive Line
Cincinnati, Ohio (Elder High School)

One of the top players in the state of Ohio and an elite offensive line prospect nationally ... hails from the same high school as former Irish tight end and current Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph ... helped Elder to a 9-4 record and quarterfinal appearance in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I playoffs as a senior in 2015 ... first player from this recruiting class to commit to Notre Dame (October 2014) ... 2015 Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year ... first offensive lineman to win Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year since 2006 ... joins Dan McCarthy (2008), Tony Fisher (1998) and Marc Edwards (1993) as previous Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year winners to sign with Notre Dame ... selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas and the 2015 Nike "The Opening" in Beaverton, Oregon ... 2015 MaxPreps First Team All-American ... 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA Ohio Football Team ... 2015 Associated Press All-Ohio Division I First Team ... 2015 Enquirer Media Ohio High School All-Star First Team ... as a senior in 2015, amassed 156 pancake blocks and anchored an offense that racked up 5,064 yards of total offense and averaged 390.3 yards per game ... No. 37-ranked player nationally and No. 3-ranked offensive tackle on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 99-ranked player in the nation and No. 10-ranked offensive tackle on ESPN 300 list ... No. 27-ranked player in the nation and No. 3-ranked offensive tackle on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 41-ranked player in the nation and No. 4-ranked offensive tackle on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 73-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 24-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... Ohio’s No. 1-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 2-ranked player by Scout, No. 4-ranked player by ESPN and No. 1-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Doug Ramsey at Elder High School ... lead recruiter was recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Elston.

Julian Love
5-11, 175
Defensive Back
Westchester, Illinois (Nazareth Academy)

A defensive back prospect from the Chicagoland area ... helped Nazareth Academy to a 12-2 record and 2015 Illinois High School Association Class 5A Championship ... led Nazareth Academy to a 14-0 record and 2014 Illinois High School Association Class 5A Championship ... 2015 MaxPreps First Team Medium Schools All-American ... 2015 Champaign News Gazette All-Illinois First Team ... 2015 Chicago Tribune All-Illinois First Team ... 2015 Illinois High School Coaches Association Class 5A All-Illinois First Team ... registered 92 tackles, 19 stops for loss, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for 54 yards as a senior in 2015 ... rushed for 1,067 yards and 18 TDs on 104 carries (10.3 yards per carry) ... caught 29 passes for 662 yards (22.8 yards per reception) and seven TDs ... collected 41 tackles, one stop for loss and a 93-yard interception return for TD as a junior in 2014 ... rushed for 541 yards and eight TDs on 46 carries (11.8 yards per carry), including a pair of 100-yard rushing games and a career-long run of 74 yards ... caught 14 passes for 375 yards (26.8 yards per reception) and four TDs, including a season-long grab of 65 yards ... returned six kickoffs for 130 yards (21.7 yards per return) ... returned 11 punts for 242 yards (22.0 yards per return), including a 73-yard return ... No. 38-ranked cornerback by Scout.com, No. 35-ranked athlete by ESPN.com, No. 45-ranked cornerback by 247Sports.com and No. 21-ranked cornerback by Rivals.com ... Illinois’ No. 13-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 10-ranked player by ESPN and No. 4-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Tim Racki at Nazareth Academy ... lead recruiter was associate head coach/wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock.  

Deon McIntosh
5-11, 180
Running Back
Pompano Beach, Florida (Cardinal Gibbons High School)

A running back who displays versatility coming out of the backfield or lining up in the slot ... finished high school career as Cardinal Gibbons’ second all-time leading scorer with 210 points, second all-time leader in rushing TDs (30) and third all-time leading rusher with 2,532 yards ... rushed for 681 yards and seven TDs on 134 carries (5.1 yards per carry) as a senior in 2015 ... added 117 yards receiving and one TD ... rushed for 834 yards and 12 TDs on 127 carries (6.6 yards per carry), including four 100-yard rushing games as a junior in 2014 ... caught 41 passes for 386 yards (9.4 yards per reception) and two TDs ... rushed for 1,107 yards and nine TDs on 115 carries (8.8 yards per carry) as a sophomore in 2013... caught 21 passes for 192 yards (9.1 yards per reception) and two TDs ... No. 18-ranked player in Broward County by the Miami Herald ... No. 36-ranked running back by Scout.com, No. 45-ranked running back by ESPN.com, No. 49-ranked running back by 247Sports.com and No. 18-ranked running back by Rivals.com ... played for coach Michael Morrill at Cardinal Gibbons High School ... lead recruiter was running backs coach Autry Denson.

Javon McKinley
6-3, 205
Wide Receiver
Corona, California (Centennial High School)

Arrives at Notre Dame as one of the most prolific wide receivers in the nation ... led Centennial to a 14-1 record, consensus top-10 national ranking and the California Interscholastic Federation-State Open Division championship game in 2015 ... 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA California Football First Team ... helped Centennial to a No. 24 final national ranking by The Super 25 Expert Rankings compiled by USA TODAY Sports and No. 5 final national ranking by MaxPreps Xcellent 25 ... 2015 Los Angeles Times All-Area High School Football First Team ... selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas and the 2015 Nike "The Opening" in Beaverton, Oregon ... selected as California’s top junior football player in 2014 by CalHiSports.com ... named 2014 Southern Section All-Pac5 Division Offensive Player of the Year with quarterback Josh Rosen of St. John Bosco (now UCLA) ... 2014 Los Angeles Times All-Area Back of the Year and Riverside Press Enterprise All-Area Offensive Player of the Year ... scholastic career stats: 174 receptions, 3,596 receiving yards, 38 TD catches, 20.7 yards per reception, 89.9 yards per game receiving and 44 total TDs ... 3,596 career receiving yards were the third-most in CIF Southern Section history ... caught 56 passes for 1,173 yards (20.9 yards per reception and 90.2 yards per game) and 13 TDs as a senior in 2015 ... attempted two passes, and completed them both, for 130 yards and two TDs, including a 65-yard TD ... caught 91 passes for 1,906 yards (20.9 yards per reception and 136.1 yards per game) and 20 TDs as a junior in 2014 ... his 1,906 receiving yards were the second-most in CIF Southern Section single-season history ... caught 27 passes for 517 yards (19.1 yards per reception) and five TDs as a sophomore in 2013 ... returned six kickoffs for 111 yards (18.5 yards per return) ... No. 55-ranked player nationally and No. 9-ranked wide receiver on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 90-ranked wide receiver on ESPN 300 list ... No. 110-ranked player in the nation and No. 16-ranked wide receiver on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 59-ranked player in the nation and No. 11-ranked wide receiver on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 60-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 52-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... California’s No. 16-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 9-ranked player by Scout, No. 59-ranked player by ESPN and No. 13-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Matt Logan at Centennial High School ... lead recruiter was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.

D.J. Morgan
6-2, 190
Defensive Back
Norwalk, California (Saint John Bosco High School)

Two-year starter at national powerhouse Saint John Bosco ... led Saint John Bosco to a 13-1 record, consensus top-10 national ranking and the California Interscholastic Federation-State Open Division Championship in 2015 ... helped Saint John Bosco to a No. 5 final national ranking by The Super 25 Expert Rankings compiled by USA TODAY Sports and No. 6 final national ranking by MaxPreps Xcellent 25 ... 2015 Orange County Register All-Trinity League Second Team ... registered 49 tackles, 31 solo stops, four tackles for loss, two interceptions and three passes defended as a senior in 2015 ... registered 112 tackles, 76 solo stops, three tackles for loss, one interception, three passes defended and two fumble recoveries as a junior in 2014 ... No. 59-ranked safety by Scout.com, No. 34-ranked safety by ESPN.com, No. 29-ranked safety by 247Sports.com and No. 23-ranked safety by Rivals.com ... California’s No. 56-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 53-ranked player by ESPN and No. 47-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Jason Negro at St. John Bosco High School ... lead recruiter was associate head coach/wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock.

Adetokunbo Ogundeji
6-5, 216
Defensive Line
West Bloomfield, Michigan (Walled Lake Central High School)

Intriguing defensive line prospect who will enter Notre Dame this June at just 17 years of age ... senior season in 2015 was cut short after just four games due to a knee injury ... registered 68 tackles, nine sacks, 17 passes defended and four fumble recoveries as a junior in 2014 ... Detroit Free Press All-North High School Football honorable mention ... helped Walled Lake Central to a 9-4 record in 2014 and a run into the Michigan high school playoffs ... No. 100-ranked defensive end by Scout.com, No. 63-ranked defensive end by ESPN.com and No. 42-ranked weak side defensive end by 247Sports.com ... Michigan’s No. 18-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 11-ranked player by ESPN and No. 32-ranked player by Rivals ... No. 22-ranked senior player in the state of Michigan by the Lansing State Journal ... played for coach Bob Meyer at Walled Lake Central High School ... lead recruiter was defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.  

Julian Okwara
6-4, 216
Defensive Line
Charlotte, North Carolina (Ardrey Kell High School)

Younger brother of former Irish defensive line standout Romeo Okwara ‘15 ... moved to United States from Nigeria as a third-grader ... first-team defensive lineman on all-Observer squad by Charlotte Observer for 2015 ... selected to participate in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... registered 84 tackles, 70 solo stops, 11.0 tackles for loss, nine sacks and eight quarterback hurries in 12 games as a senior in 2015 ... added four forced fumbles, one pass defended and one blocked field goal ... caught four passes for 63 yards (15.8 yards per reception) and two TDs, including a season-long reception of 49 yards ... recorded 90 tackles, 10 sacks and forced a pair of fumbles as a junior in 2014 ... No. 243-ranked player nationally and No. 30-ranked defensive end on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 49-ranked defensive end by ESPN ... No. 298-ranked player in the nation and No. 24-ranked weak side defensive end on 247Sports.com ... No. 18-ranked weak side defensive end on Rivals.com ... No. 303-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 198-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... North Carolina’s No. 13-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 6-ranked player by Scout, No. 14-ranked player by ESPN and No. 17-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Joe Evans at Ardrey Kell High School ... lead recruiter was recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Mike Elston.

Logan Plantz
6-3, 310
Offensive Line
Frankfort, Illinois (Providence Catholic High School)

Walk-on that transferred to Notre Dame in January 2016 from Holy Cross College ... graduated from Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois in 2014 ... spent the fall of 2014 at East Coast Prep, a one semester post graduate program for athletes intent on reaching the next level in their development ... 2013 Chicago Tribune All-Illinois Second Team ... as a senior in 2013, anchored an offensive line that allowed just four sacks all season ... Illinois High School Association Class 6A All-State ... 2013 Football Blue Division All-Chicago Catholic League ... son of former Notre Dame offensive lineman Ron Plantz ’86 and brother of former Irish running back Tyler Plantz ’14 ... played for coach Mark Coglianese at Providence Catholic High School.

Spencer Perry
6-2, 204
Defensive Back
Newnan, Georgia (IMG Academy)

Enrolled at Notre Dame and began taking classes in January ... will participate in 2016 spring drills with the Fighting Irish ... suffered a shoulder injury and missed the majority of his senior season in 2015 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida ... No. 29-ranked safety by Scout.com, No. 31-ranked safety by ESPN.com, No. 49-ranked safety by 247Sports.com and No. 43-ranked defensive back by Rivals.com ... prior to IMG Academy, played at Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama, Newnan High School in Newnan, Georgia and The Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia ... played for coach Kevin Wright at IMG Academy ... lead recruiter was running backs coach Autry Denson. 

Troy Pride Jr.
5-11, 175
Defensive Back
Greer, SC (Greer Senior High School)

One of the top cornerbacks in the 2015 recruiting class ... led Greer Senior High School to an undefeated regular season (10-0) and ultimate 11-1 record as a senior in 2015 ... helped Greer Senior to back-to-back perfect, 10-win regular seasons for the first time in school history and four consecutive Region II-AAA titles ... selected to participate in the 2016 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida ... picked off two passes, including a 58-yard return for TD, en route to defensive MVP honors and helped the Grey defeat the Blue, 28-14 ... 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA South Carolina Football First Team ... 2015 Region II-AAA Player of the Year ... versatile athlete recorded 41 receptions for 848 yards (20.7 yards per reception) and 13 TDs; 183 rushing yards with three TDs, 437 combined kickoff-punt return yards and three TDs; and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a TD as a senior in 2015 ... No. 176-ranked player nationally and No. 16-ranked cornerback on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 91-ranked cornerback by ESPN ... No. 241-ranked player in the nation and No. 23-ranked cornerback on 247Sports.com ... No. 23-ranked cornerback on Rivals.com ... No. 232-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... South Carolina’s No. 4-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 2-ranked player by Scout, No. 26-ranked player by ESPN and No. 4-ranked player by Rivals ... played for coach Will Young at Greer Senior High School ... lead recruiter was running backs coach Autry Denson.

John Shannon
6-2, 220
Long Snapper
Lake Forest, Illinois (Loyola Academy)

Widely considered the top long snapper in the 2015 recruiting class ... helped Loyola Academy to a No. 18 final national ranking by MaxPreps Xcellent 25 and No. 1 final ranking in the state of Illinois by MaxPreps ... part of a Loyola Academy squad that finished 14-0 and captured the 2015 Illinois High School Association Class 8A Championship ... selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas ... one of 15 semifinalists for the 2015 Chris Rubio Award, which is presented to the nation’s top long snapper ... No. 1-ranked long snapper by Scout.com and No. 1-ranked long snapper by 247Sports.com ... grandfather, Dan, was a four-year starter (1951-54) and Sporting News All-American linebacker for the Irish as a senior ... played for coach John Holecek at Loyola Academy ... lead recruiter was associate head coach/wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock.  

Kevin Stepherson
5-11, 171
Wide Receiver
Jacksonville, Florida (First Coast High School)

Enrolled at Notre Dame and began taking classes in January ... will participate in 2016 spring drills with the Fighting Irish ... 2015 Associated Press Florida All-State Class 7A honorable mention ... 2014-15 All-Northeast Florida FloridaHSFootball.com Elite honorable mention ... caught 48 passes for 835 yards and 10 TDs as a senior in 2015 ... registered 33 receptions for 756 yards and 11 TDs as a junior in 2014 ... No. 127-ranked wide receiver by Scout.com, No. 96-ranked wide receiver by ESPN.com, No. 126-ranked wide receiver by 247Sports.com and No. 68-ranked wide receiver by Rivals.com ... played for coach Marty Lee at First Coast High School ... lead recruiter was special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Scott Booker.

Devin Studstill
6-0, 189
Defensive Back
Riviera Beach, Florida (Palm Beach Gardens High School)

Enrolled at Notre Dame and began taking classes in January ... will participate in 2016 spring drills with the Fighting Irish ... three-year starter at Palm Beach Gardens High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida ... helped lead Palm Beach Gardens to a 7-4 record and district championship in 2015 ... 2015 Associated Press Florida All-State Class 7A Second Team ... 2015 Sun-Sentinel large-school Defensive Player of the Year ... No. 4-ranked high school prospect by the Palm Beach Post ... father, Darren, played quarterback at West Virginia (1990-93) and was drafted in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft as a defensive back by the Dallas Cowboys ... hails from the same high school as rising sophomore linebacker Te’von Coney ... No. 93-ranked cornerback by Scout.com, No. 55-ranked safety by ESPN.com, No. 12-ranked safety by 247Sports.com and No. 45-ranked athlete by Rivals.com ... played for coach Rob Freeman at Palm Beach Gardens High School ... lead recruiter was running backs coach Autry Denson.  

Donte Vaughn
6-3, 190
Defensive Back
Memphis, Tennessee (Whitehaven High School)

A defensive back prospect from Memphis ... helped Whitehaven High School to a No. 19 final ranking in the State of Tennessee by MaxPreps ... part of a Whitehaven squad that finished 12-2 and reached the 2015 Tennessee High School Association Class 6A semifinals ... 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA Tennessee Football First Team ... 2015 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State First Team ... selected to participate in the 2015 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game and was named Most Valuable Player ... No. 245-ranked player nationally and No. 15-ranked safety on Scout.com 300 list ... No. 299-ranked player nationally and No. 19-ranked safety on ESPN 300 list ... No. 307-ranked player in the nation and No. 31-ranked cornerback on 247Sports.com Top 247 ... No. 20-ranked safety on Rivals.com 250 list ... No. 331-ranked player on the Prepstar Top 350 Dream Team ... No. 201-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report ... Tennessee’s No. 6-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 6-ranked player by Scout, No. 4-ranked player by ESPN and No. 7-ranked player by Rivals ... could become the ninth Notre Dame monogram winner from Memphis ... played for coach Rodney Saulsberry at Whitehaven High School ... lead recruiter was recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Mike Elston.

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