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January 2021

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Page 38 of 47 JANUARY 2021 39 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ROUNDUP RECRUITING NOTES • Notre Dame has 26 signees in its 2021 recruiting class, but there's still one recruit who is committed to the Fighting Irish but has not been an- nounced by the school as a signee. Metairie (La.) Rummel's Logan Diggs, Rivals' No. 13 player in Louisiana and No. 22 running back in the country, committed to Notre Dame over the summer, but an offer from in-state LSU a week before the first day of the early signing period gave him something to think about. At the end of the day, we expect Diggs to remain in Notre Dame's 2021 recruiting class, spurning the in-state Tigers. • Los Angeles Loyola's Ceyair Wright, the No. 5 cornerback and No. 102 overall prospect per Rivals, announced his decision Jan. 2 to stay close to home and play for USC. Notre Dame was a finalist for the four-star recruit, who took a self-guided tour of South Bend the weekend of Dec. 5, but the soon-to-be movie star (he'll star in "Space Jam 2") has understandably picked to be closer to Hollywood. • St. Louis John Burroughs School standout Tyson Ford, who Rivals ranks as the No. 5 strong-side defensive end and No. 64 overall recruit in the 2022 class, announced a top four of Georgia, Missouri, Notre Dame and Oklahoma ahead of his Jan. 18 decision date. Oklahoma is considered the favorite going into his announcement, but he has built a strong connection with defensive line coach Mike Elston. • Notre Dame is bringing Joshua Bryan in on scholarship as its kicker in the 2021 class, but Christopher Salerno of Encino (Calif.) Crespi announced his intentions to walk on the football team Dec. 23. He is the younger brother of current Irish walk-on and starting punt returner Matt Salerno. — Mike Singer Quarterback Tyler Buchner, 6-2, 210, La Mesa, Calif. (Helix Charter) Ron Powlus III, 6-3, 230, Mishawaka, Ind. (Penn) Running Back Logan Diggs, 6-0, 191, Metairie, La. (Rummel)* Audric Estime, 6-0, 215, Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph's) Wide Receiver Deion Colzie, 6-4, 180, Athens, Ga. (Athens Academy) Lorenzo Styles Jr., 6-1, 170, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington Central) Jayden Thomas, 6-2, 188, Atlanta (Pace Academy) Tight End Cane Berrong, 6-4, 225, Hartwell, Ga. (Hart County) Mitchell Evans, 6-7, 240, Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth Senior) Offensive Line Joe Alt, 6-7, 260, Fridley, Minn. (Totino-Grace) Pat Coogan, 6-5, 300, Chicago (Marist) Blake Fisher, 6-6, 330, Avon, Ind. (Avon) Caleb Johnson, 6-7, 290, Ocala, Fla. (Trinity Catholic) Rocco Spindler, 6-5, 290, Clarkston, Mich. (Clarkston) Defensive End Devin Aupiu, 6-5, 225, Oxnard, Calif. (Pacifica) Jason Onye, 6-4, 250, Warwick, R.I. (Bishop Hendricken School) Will Schweitzer, 6-4, 215, Los Gatos, Calif. (Los Gatos) Defensive Tackle Gabriel Rubio, 6-5, 280, St. Peters, Mo. (Lutheran of St. Charles) Linebacker Prince Kollie, 6-2, 205, Jonesborough, Tenn. (David Crockett) Kahanu Kia, 6-2, 205, Honolulu (Punahou) Cornerback Ryan Barnes, 6-2, 180, Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard) JoJo Johnson, 5-11, 170, Merrillville, Ind. (Merrillville) Chance Tucker, 6-1, 170, Encino, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite) Philip Riley, 6-0, 190, Valrico, Fla. (Bloomingdale) Safety Khari Gee, 6-3, 190, College Park, Ga. (Woodward Academy) Justin Walters, 6-1, 170, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook) Kicker Joshua Bryan, 6-1, 185, Chatsworth, Calif. (Sierra Canyon) Signees in bold italics * Committed but has not been announced as a signee yet Class Of 2021 Scholarship Offer Master List RIVALS 2021 TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS As of Dec. 31 1. Alabama 26 2. Ohio State 21 3. LSU 21 4. Georgia 20 5. Oregon 21 6. Texas A&M 20 7. Clemson 18 8. Florida 25 9. Notre Dame 27 10. Miami 21 Rk. School Commits Rk. School Commits 2021 Master List Changes Prospects Removed: RB Donovan Edwards of West Bloomfield, Mich. (signed with Michigan); RB Byron Cardwell of San Diego (no longer being recruited by Notre Dame); and CB Ceyair Wright of Los Angeles (signed with USC). Three-star running back Logan Diggs is the only Irish commit that didn't ink his National Letter of Intent during the early signing period, after he received an offer from home-state LSU in early December. However, he is still expected to sign with Notre Dame in February. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM Follow @BGI_MikeSinger on Twitter for daily recruiting updates available on! RIVALS 2022 TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS As of Dec. 31 1. Ohio State 9 2. LSU 7 3. Penn State 7 4. Georgia 5 5. Oklahoma 4 6. Cincinnati 6 7. Michigan 5 8. Boston College 7 9. Notre Dame 4 10. Clemson 3 Rk. School Commits Rk. School Commits

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