7 Recruits Who Could Join 4-Star QB Blake Barnett at Notre Dame
Blake Barnett is a 4-star quarterback from California who committed to Notre Dame last fall. The Golden State passer is a 6'3.5", 195-pounder with great arm strength, confidence and athleticism.
Barnett will be the face of Notre Dame's recruiting class. He's a player head coach Brian Kelly will build around, which means many recruits around the country will be looking to join Barnett in South Bend.
A pair of defensive ends like the Fighting Irish, while a 5-star linebacker is also on the radar. Plus, Barnett could attract two big receivers.
Chris Clark, TE
A Connecticut native, Chris Clark is a 4-star tight end who excels as a run-blocker. He gets out of stance with solid quickness, and he punches targets with strength.
Clark, who is 6'6" and 247 pounds, also has the ability to anchor as a pass-protector. In the passing game, Clark isn't the fastest pass-catcher in the country, but he displays fantastic hands in traffic. He would work well in the intermediate passing game, plus as a sixth offensive lineman for the Irish.
However, 247Sports says Michigan is the current favorite for Clark.
Miles Boykin, WR
At 6'4" and 212 pounds, Miles Boykin already has the size of a college receiver. He uses it to his advantage, as he can release through jams to get off the line on the perimeter.
Boykin isn't an explosive athlete, but he does have adequate buildup speed. The Illinois native can pluck passes with his mitts, and he high-points balls well while in the middle of traffic. Boykin also has the strength and the potential to be a great blocker.
Notre Dame, Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan are among his top schools, per 247Sports.
Zach Robertson, OG
Stocking the offensive line is always an objective in South Bend, which is why Zach Robertson is among Notre Dame's top targets.
The 4-star guard is a California native who can get nasty in the trenches. Robertson, who is 6'5" and 308 pounds, also has the short-area quickness to slide well to protect the quarterback.
Notre Dame leads UCLA, Washington and Oregon right now, according to 247Sports.
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR
Equanimeous St. Brown is another California prospect who is interested in Notre Dame. St. Brown is a big receiver who is 6'5" and 205 pounds, and he could get even bigger in college.
St. Brown has solid speed to threaten safeties, but he does most of his damage in the intermediate passing game. He has great ball skills, and the 4-star pass-catcher runs with solid strength after he hauls in passes.
Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Stanford are his top suitors, says 247Sports.
Keisean Lucier-South, DE
Also from California is Keisean Lucier-South, who is a 5-star defensive end who can get after the passer.
At 6'5" and 225 pounds, Lucier-South has a quick get-off at the snap, plus he can bend. He forces offensive tackles to open their hips quickly, and he converts his speed to power better than people realize. Lucier-South also has the ability to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
Notre Dame, Michigan, USC and UCLA are among his top choices, per 247Sports.
Jashon Cornell, DE
At 6'4" and 270 pounds, Jashon Cornell is a versatile defensive end who can also play defensive tackle on passing downs.
Cornell has great point-of-attack strength, which he uses to set the edge and anchor versus running plays. He has the range to chase ball-carriers in pursuit, and he can also rush the quarterback with an impressive combination of power and quickness.
Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan State are a few schools in the mix for the 4-star Minnesota prospect, according to 247Sports.
Justin Hilliard, OLB
Perhaps the top target on Notre Dame's board is 5-star linebacker Justin Hilliard. At 6'2" and 230 pounds, the Cincinnati native could be ready to contribute early to a college defense.
Hilliard reads his keys immediately at the snap. He shoots to fill gaps quickly, and he has the strength to challenge and shed blockers at the point of attack. Hilliard also has the speed and the athleticism to develop into an outstanding defender in coverage.
Schools such as Notre Dame, Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan and Alabama are in the mix, according to 247Sports.
Steve Hare of IrishIllustrated.com (subscription required) wrote on Feb. 27:
"The addition of Brian VanGorder to Notre Dame's coaching staff played a role in Hilliard's decision to revisit Notre Dame."
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns.