Blue and Gold Illustrated

February 2020

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36 FEBRUARY 2020 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED FOOTBALL RECRUITING on both sides of the ball and makes plays whether he's playing receiver or cornerback. Notre Dame extended an offer to Lewis during the spring and hosted him for an official visit in June. He became Notre Dame's first defensive back pledge in the class following his visit, and his commitment was very welcomed to the Irish staff. He doesn't have the highest ceil- ing, but his floor as a prospect isn't very low either. Lewis will be able to contribute for Notre Dame and could move over to safety with his range as an athlete. 15. JAY BRUNELLE WR • 6-1½, 201 Paxton, Mass. • Saint John's H.S. Brunelle simply dominated during his prep years, setting the Central Massachu- setts record for career receiving yards with 2,666. He had to work hard for his Notre Dame of- fer, though. The Irish staff liked his film a lot, but wanted to see him at their Irish Invasion camp in June before offering him a scholarship. Brunelle ran in the 4.48 to 4.50 range for his 40-yard dash and torched de- fensive backs all day long. He earned the offer at the camp and committed to the Fighting Irish a couple weeks later. Brunelle, a three-star recruit and the No. 7 player in Massachusetts, does about everything well and could be a dark horse to break into the receiver rotation as a true fresh- man because he will enroll early. 16. RAMON HENDERSON CB • 6-3, 180 Bakersfield, Calif. • Liberty H.S. Henderson was Notre Dame's fi- nal piece of the puzzle at defensive back to fin- ish the 2020 class, and he left Irish fans on the edge of their seat as he waited until the first day of the early signing period to announce his decision. Notre Dame offered him as a scholarship in May and he was an important target throughout the fall. The Irish staff loves Henderson's length as a cornerback and his speed is excellent. Henderson — a three-star prospect and the No. 63 player in Califor- nia per Rivals — is a raw prospect, but with some teaching he can be a great player for Notre Dame. Like the other defensive backs in the 2020 class, he has the length to play safety. 17. ALEXANDER EHRENSBERGER DE • 6-6½, 239 Dusseldorf, Germany • Theodor-Fliedner Gymnasium Notre Dame went overseas to find Ehrensberger, an unranked three-star prospect by Rivals that could be an absolute steal. He will play strong- side defensive end for the Irish and enrolls in January. Ehrensberger was a member of 2017 and 2018 German National Team, and ESPN ranks him as the No. 1 player in Europe in the 2020 class. It will take him some time to adjust to college football in the United States, but those close to him rave about his work ethic and motor. He has the potential to be a real star in the making for Notre Dame. 18. ALEX PEITSCH LS • 6-1, 205 Ellicott City, Md. • St. John's College H.S. Rivals ranks Peitsch as a two-star prospect, but Kohl's Professional Camps, which is the premier service for high school specialists, has him listed as a five-star recruit and the top long snapper in the country. Not a lot of schools offer long snap- pers, so despite Peitsch being the nation's best at his position he only landed one offer during the recruit- ing process, and it was from the Irish. Peitsch quickly committed to Notre Dame, and the Irish are adding an Under Armour All-American and three-time Washington Catholic Ath- letic Conference All-Conference first- team performer. ✦ Football Recruiting Is HERE! * *Use Promo Code IRISH60 Go behind the scenes with exclusive coverage on the Irish throughout the season. In-depth analysis by our seasoned experts in the field. Breaking news, team and individual rankings, features on every commitment, over 10 years of archived recruiting information. See all of tomorrow's top Irish prospects in action on our top quality prospect videos. Interact with other Notre Dame fans across the country and discuss the state of the Irish. Daily Team Coverage Expert Analysis Recruiting Scoop Prospect Videos Lively Message Boards

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