The defensive board is a lot harder to evaluate. Notre Dame only has two defensive commits, Justin Walters (S) and Gabriel Rubio (DL). This list will be updated as we get into the 2020 spring/season. Notre Dame has a lot of players on defense with multiple years of eligibility remaining, which is positive. It does make evaluating the defensive board a lot harder, though. The following are players that I think Notre Dame has a shot at getting a commitment from.
Daniels is an athlete out of Beggs, Oklahoma. I list Daniels as an athlete despite most listing him as a Safety. Daniels is 6’4 190lbs and is a willing tackler while he also covers players like a DB. Daniels could play an Isaiah Simmons type role in college. If Daniels were to sign with the Irish, I would project him as a Rover to start his career and then moving to Buck linebacker after a couple of years with coach Balis. I’d love to see Daniels sign with the Irish for the sole fact of having this type of athlete on the defense. Daniels becoming a rotational defensive end or tight end wouldn’t even be out of the question, while it would be stretch because no one knows how his body would react to the weight added, it’s possible. He’s that versatile.
The 6’2 Safety out of Alpharetta, Georgia is one of my favorite DB’s to have a Notre Dame offer. Slocum doesn’t have the physical tools of a Kyle Hamilton, but Slocum does have the same rangy ability. He is a nuisance to QB’s who are trying to put a ball over the top. Slocum is extremely disciplined in zone coverage, always trusting the coverage and reading and reacting after the ball is in the air. I REALLY want Notre Dame to pair Slocum and Walters together.
Abiara is a 6’4 248lb out of Mansfield, Texas. Abiara being from MANSfield is fitting because David Abiara is a MAN. The Defensive End is criminally underrated everywhere that covers recruiting. His offer list speaks for itself. Abiara almost committed to Notre Dame, but then had second thoughts and decided to drop his top 7 instead. I still believe Notre Dame will land Abiara when it’s all said and done.
A 6’2 185lb Athlete out of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. McMillon is a prime candidate to play Rover at Notre Dame. Based on McMillon’s film, he loves contact. McMillon would be a perfect Rover with his ability to cover WR’s while also being an outstanding tackler. I’m not positive where Notre Dame stands with McMillon, but he seemed very excited about his Notre Dame offer. He would be an excellent addition to the 2021 class.
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The 6’1 170lb ATH out of Hawaii is the true definition of an athlete. Titus could play on either side of the ball at the next level. At Notre Dame, I would expect him to play defense. Notre Dame is in a good spot with a lot of big-time receivers, enough that I think Styles is going to play defense. I’d love to see Notre Dame add Mokiao-Atimalala on the defensive side of the ball.
Cory Fravel, 247Sports