Sport Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 20 Justin Walters, early-enrolled freshman safety
Four-star defensive back makes Notre Dame’s holiday
Notre Dame landed its second defensive back commitment of the holiday weekend, with four-star Devin Moore joining the Irish class of 2022.Moore (Naples High School; Fla.) chose Notre Dame after visiting South Bend, Alabama, Florida and Stanford throughout June. He also holds offers from Georgia, Michigan and his homestate’s powers Florida State and Miami.
Listed measurements: 6-foot ⅝, 178 pounds. 2021-22 year, eligibility: The one class on Notre Dame’s roster with clear eligibility parameters, Walters has four seasons of eligibility remaining. Depth Chart: Walters spent the spring working with the Irish second-team, notable for a high school senior but with an asterisk given star junior Recruiting: was held out of all spring practices. Either way, Walters appears to be in the mix for some playing time as a freshman.The consensus three-star prospect and the No. 37 safety in the class, per rivals.com, Walters could have gone to most Big Ten schools when the Chicagoland product instead chose Notre Dame.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threw his support behind Chick-fil-A this week after reports emerged that some students at the University of Notre Dame voiced opposition to the school considering making the chain a part of its on-campus dining. © Greg Nash Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Students wrote a letter to the school's student-run newspaper published earlier this month, titled "Keep Chick-fil-A away," that pushed back against the idea of the chain being offered on campus, citing "serious ethical concerns.
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“Walters’ physical playing style and fundamental tackling form should give him a high floor to work from. Both his recruiting rankings and overall evaluations would be better filled out if 2020 had included more camps, etc., but the fact that the Irish pursued him so aggressively so quickly should speak volumes on what the coaching staff thinks of Walters.
“Walters may not start in 2021, but Notre Dame will need backup safeties to emerge, and as long as his fundamental tackling form stays true, that trust alone could push him into the rotation, trust he can certainly further as an early enrollee.”
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared a ‘big win’ on Thursday after the University of Notre Dame cleared an on-campus Chick-fil-A amid pushback from students. Graham hailed the university's decision and applauded the "patriots" who stood against "Cancel Culture." "Big win! Great to hear Chick-fil-A is coming to Notre Dame. Well done to all the patriots at Notre Dame who stood up for Chick-fil-A and against Cancel Culture. Hope New York will follow your lead," Graham tweeted, apparently referring to New York state lawmakers who want to keep the chain's restaurant out of state rest stops.
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QUOTES The pandemic cost some recruits more than others, and while Walters likely would have ended up in South Bend regardless, his recruiting rankings suffered due to the lack of a senior season.
“Justin made all these athletic gains between his junior and senior year, and then lost his senior fall,” then Irish recruiting coordinator said in February. “If you ask these guys, ‘Would you rather stay at home and hope that you play in the winter or would you rather get to school and get started with strength and conditioning and spring practice? …’”
Walters did impress in the spring, a more important step forward than bettering his position ranking at Rivals with a final high school season. Both Polian and new Notre Dame defensive coordinator praised Walters throughout April.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 19 Justin Ademilola, senior defensive end
Justin Ademilola may have arrived at Notre Dame as a recruiting afterthought, but the senior defense may leave the Irish as a mutli-year contributor.NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS The early usages of NIL rights have showcased some twins to great profits, and the Ademilola twins are following that trend.
2021 OUTLOOK Polian, also the special teams coordinator, went so far as to describe Walters as a “fast riser” when it comes to special teams work. If Walters becomes a primary contributor on Polian’s coverage units, then that alone may push him past the four-game threshold, and that in turn could elevate him in the safety rotation.
Hamilton is unlikely to come off the field until the Irish are up by three touchdowns, and senior is competing with senior DJ Brown to serve as Hamilton’s primary running mate, so the safety rotation will not run deep, but Notre Dame will win games by three touchdowns — this space is routinely hinting these days at a prediction of two blowouts in the first three weeks — and Walters may be the beneficiary of those routs.
DOWN THE ROAD Hamilton will head to the NFL after 2021. He could be a top-five pick; anyone suggesting he stay in college needs to take six steps back from the conversation.
That will leave a massive void for the Irish at safety, one anyone could step into and one that will be filled with uncertainty simply because Hamilton will leave so little room for anyone to impress this fall.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 18 Nana Osafo-Mensah, junior defensive end
Once a highly-touted recruit, DE Nana Osafo-Mensah has appeared in only two games in two years at Notre Dame, but that should change quickly in 2021.NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS Video games and performance drinks, what else does a college athlete need? Osafo-Mensah now makes money off both.
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Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 14 Kyle Hamilton, junior safety, preseason All-American, top 2022 draft prospect
There is no debate about who Notre Dame's best player is, and in his final season with the Irish, junior safety Kyle Hamilton should prove that every week.Despite that late recruiting rise, the Irish pursued Hamilton relatively early in the cycle, before that ratings bump, thanks to a tip from a friend of former safeties coach Terry Joseph when he was still coaching at North Carolina, closer to Hamilton’s home of Atlanta. Joseph arrived at Notre Dame in the winter of 2017 and began his pursuit of Hamilton in earnest halfway through Hamilton’s junior year. He had shined on the field, but that camp boost had not yet occurred.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 32 Prince Kollie, freshman linebacker, Butkus Award winner
Considered perhaps the next great Irish linebacker, freshman Prince Kollie arrives at Notre Dame with time to grow into those expectations.But Lea went out of his way to reassure Kollie as he put together his own first recruiting class with the Commodores, making it clear to the Butkus Award winner (best high school linebacker) that Notre Dame was where he belonged.
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Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 13 Paul Moala, senior linebacker coming off an Achilles injury .
Paul Moala suffered a devastating injury early in the 2020 season, but somehow the senior Rover may already be back at full-strength for Notre Dame.NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS When it comes down to it, they are college athletes. This does not need to be complicated. There are best-case sponsorships.