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Notre Dame Football Recruiting Offers of the Week

Mike Monaco@@MikeMonaco_Contributor IMay 25, 2015

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The spring evaluation period is winding down in the recruiting world, and the Notre Dame football staff sent out another nine offers over the past week, following up an 11-offer week.

Each week we’ll be keeping tabs on the new scholarship offers sent out by the Notre Dame coaches, tracking the recruiting process as the Irish focus their attention toward the classes of 2016, 2017 and maybe even 2018.

Notre Dame continues to identify and target safeties, especially after another potential option—class of 2016 safety Kenney Lyke, who pledged to Michigan State on Friday—dropped off the board.

Devwah Whaley

Devwah Whaley
Devwah WhaleyCredit: 247Sports

Class of 2016 running back Devwah Whaley landed an offer from Notre Dame on Wednesday, becoming the 15th running back in the class to receive an offer from the Irish, as he noted on Twitter:

Devwah Whaley @devwah_whaley

Offer from #NotreDame @RivalsJason @Perroni247 @Colt_247Sports @MattClareRivals @DamonSayles @HamiltonESPN http://t.co/D0ODVSmDXq

The Beaumont, Texas, product is slotted as the No. 4 back and No. 118 overall player in the country. Two days before landing the Irish offer, Whaley sliced his list to 10 schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas.

We’ll see if Notre Dame can alter that top 10 after offering.

Antonneous Clayton

Antonneous Clayton
Antonneous ClaytonCredit: 247Sports

Notre Dame continues to target defensive ends in this recruiting cycle, and the Irish offered class of 2016 weak-side defensive end Antonneous Clayton on Wednesday, per Irish247’s Tom Loy:

Tom Loy @TomLoy247

3-star DE Antonneous Clayton lands “big” offer from #NotreDame. Sets up visit to South Bend. http://t.co/eIrqkLMc6n http://t.co/6cxrUrJRE9

The 6’4”, 218-pound end from Vienna, Georgia, checks in as the No. 26 player at his position and the No. 434 overall prospect in his class. Clayton also holds offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Florida and Alabama, among others.

“Notre Dame’s graduation rate is incredible,” Clayton told Loy. “I’ve done my research. That’s big for me. Football isn’t forever; it only lasts so long. I know a Notre Dame degree means a lot, and you can do a lot with it and build great connections in life because of it.”

Clayton will visit campus in June, per Loy. Clayton also said he has no favorites at this point in his recruitment.

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith
Jonathan SmithCredit: 247Sports

Class of 2016 linebacker Jonathan Smith reeled in a Notre Dame offer Thursday, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow:

A 3-star prospect from Laurinburg, North Carolina, Smith is the No. 31 inside linebacker and No. 806 overall player in the country. The linebacker also boasts offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Virginia Tech and North Carolina, where he’s visited multiple times.

Jonah Morris

Jonah Morris
Jonah MorrisCredit: 247Sports

One week after committing to Michigan State, class of 2016 linebacker Jonah Morris hauled in an offer from Notre Dame, per Loy:

Tom Loy @TomLoy247

#MichiganState LB commit Jonah Morris lands “huge” offer from #NotreDame. http://t.co/x10X8DkQxY (VIP) http://t.co/3qijWKm0aK

Morris, who committed to the Spartans on May 12, is the No. 52 outside linebacker and No. 699 overall prospect in the class. Morris indicated roughly two weeks ago an Irish offer was forthcoming, per Loy.

“Notre Dame is supposed to offer me soon,” Morris said at the time to Loy. “I don’t know what the future may bring with my recruitment if that happens. Anything is possible, and anything could happen. It would be huge knowing that Notre Dame offered. Definitely a blessing.”

Jalen Elliott

Jalen Elliott
Jalen ElliottCredit: 247Sports

Class of 2016 athlete Jalen Elliott received a Notre Dame offer Tuesday, an offer he referred to as a "blessing":

The 3-star prospect and No. 636 player in the class hails from Chesterfield, Virginia, and reports offers from North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Auburn and Georgia, among others. According to Loy, the Irish are "pursuing" Elliott as a safety.

Elliott described his summer plans to 247Sports’ Evan G. Watkins.

“In the summertime I plan to visit all of the recent offers I have gotten like Auburn, Georgia, possible Miami and Notre Dame and then I can get back to the schools I have been to like Virginia Tech and a few others,” Elliott said.

Najee Harris

Najee Harris
Najee HarrisCredit: 247Sports

The Irish are still hovering around 30 offers for the entire class of 2017, and Notre Dame targeted its second running back in the class and offered Alabama commit Najee Harris. Head coach Brett Dudley of Antioch High School tweeted an announcement:

Brett Dudley @CoachBDud

Notre Dame has offered Antioch RB Najee Harris

The Antioch, California, product committed to the Crimson Tide on April 18 and currently ranks as the No. 1 running back and No. 15 overall player in the nation. 247Sports’ Barton Simmons described Harris as “so much more than a power back, showcasing outstanding change of direction, jump cut and make-miss ability and also the ability to catch the ball effectively out of the backfield.”

Harris joins Maleik Gray as 2017 running back prospects to land Irish offers.

Jake Moretti

Jake Moretti
Jake MorettiCredit: 247Sports

Notre Dame offered its fourth offensive tackle in the class of 2017 on Wednesday, extending an offer to Jake Moretti. Coach Matt McChesney congratulated Moretti on the ND offer:

Matt McChesney @SixZeroStrength

Congrats to @J_Moretti17 on the @NDFootball offer! Big time! I know @salaams_from_68 always likes to see #DungeonFamily that could be Irish

The Arvada, Colorado, native is the No. 11 tackle and No. 71 prospect in his class. He also totes offers from Wisconsin, Ohio State, UCLA, Nebraska and Michigan.

“It’s Notre Dame, what’s not to love? It has everything,” Moretti told Irish247.

Leonard Warner

Leonard Warner
Leonard WarnerCredit: 247Sports

Class of 2017 athlete Leonard Warner grabbed a Notre Dame offer Saturday, per his 247Sports profile.

Warner is tabbed as the No. 7 outside linebacker and No. 106 overall prospect in the class. He holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Michigan and Miami, among others.

Jeffrey Okudah

Jeffrey Okudah
Jeffrey OkudahCredit: 247Sports

The safety search continues, as Notre Dame joined the fray for class of 2017 safety Jeffrey Okudah with an offer Tuesday. Okudah tweeted the announcement:

The 5-star Okudah is ranked as the No. 1 safety and No. 20 overall in the class of 2017. The Grand Prairie, Texas, native holds offers from Duke, Ohio State, Alabama, USC, Miami, Texas, LSU and Florida State, among others.

Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting stats and information courtesy of 247Sports.com and all quotes obtained firsthand. Star ratings reflect 247Sports composite rankings.

Mike Monaco is the lead Notre Dame writer for Bleacher Report. Follow @MikeMonaco_ on Twitter.

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