Meet Notre Dame’s 2023 Recruiting Class Commitments

During media availability ahead of Notre Dame’s Camping World Bowl appearance in December of 2019, then-head coach Brian Kelly spoke about the desire to up recruiting efforts.  Instead of having classes that peaked at perhaps the tail end of the top 10 nationally, he wanted to get Notre Dame to finish in the top five.

As it turns out, in order to get there then some things needed changing.  Kelly did a ton of good but his efforts on the recruiting trail weren’t impactful enough for Notre Dame to reach that top-five mark he shot for.  One full year of Marcus Freeman however and the Irish are knocking on the door of finishing with a top-five class.

As of December 7, 2022, Notre Dame has 27 commitments in the class. The latest ones are quarterback Kenny Minchey of Tennessee, offensive lineman Chris Terek of Illinois, receiver Kaleb Smith of Texas, and athlete Brandyn Hillman of Virginia. 247Sports rates the Irish as having the third-best class nationally as of this posting.

Here are all 27 commits and how they’re rated by 247Sports.

Kaleb Smith

Name: [autotag]Kaleb Smith[/autotag]
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Reedy (Frisco, Texas)
Size: 6-0, 175 pounds
247Sports Rating: 3-star, .9860
Commitment date: 12/1/2022

Armel Mukam

Name: [autotag]Armel Mukam[/autotag]
Position: Edge
High School: Woodberry Forest (Woodberry Forest, Vir.)
Size: 6-3.5, 255 pounds
247Sports Rating: 3-star, .8781
Commitment date: 8/24/2022

Chris Terek

Name: Chris Terek
Position: Interior Offensive Line
High School: Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Illinois)
Size: 6-5, 320 pounds
247Sports Rating: 3-star, .8832
Commitment date: 11/27/2022

Preston Zinter

Name: [autotag]Preston Zinter[/autotag]
Position: Linebacker
High School: Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.)
Size: 6-3, 215 pounds
247Sports Rating: 3-star, .8850
Commitment date: 2/11/2022

Joe Otting

Name: [autotag]Joe Otting[/autotag]
Position: Interior Offensive Line
High School: Hayden (Topeka, Kan.)
Size: 6-4, 275 pounds
247Sports Rating: 3-star, .8872
Commitment date: 6/7/2022

Sam Pendleton

Name: [autotag]Sam Pendleton[/autotag]
Position: Interior Offensive Line
High School: Reagan (Pfafftown, NC)
Size: 6-4, 305 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .8933
Commitment date: 4/25/2022

Brandyn Hillman

Name: Brandyn Hillman
Position: Athlete
High School: Churchland (Portsmouth, Vir.)
Size: 6-1, 191 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .8943
Commitment date: 12/7/2022

Jayden Limar

Name: [autotag]Jayden Limar[/autotag]
Position: Running Back
High School: Lake Stevens (Washington)
Size: 5-11, 190 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .8975
Commitment date: 5/26/2022

Ben Minich

Name: [autotag]Ben Minich[/autotag]
Position: Safety
High School: Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio)
Size: 5-11, 185 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9014
Commitment date: 8/5/2022

Adon Shuler

Name: [autotag]Adon Shuler[/autotag]
Position: Safety
High School: Irvington (New Jersey)
Size: 6-0, 197 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9054
Commitment date: 8/15/2021

Cooper Flanagan

Name: [autotag]Cooper Flanagan[/autotag]
Position: Tight End
High School: De La Salle (Concord, Cal.)
Size: 6-5, 228 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9118
Commitment date: 9/2/2021

Kenny Minchey

Name: [autotag]Kenny Minchey[/autotag]
Position: Quarterback
High School: Pope John Paul II (Hendersonville, Tenn.)
Size: 6-1.5, 207 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9123
Commitment date: 11/22/2022

Devan Houstan

Name: [autotag]Devan Houston[/autotag]
Position: Defensive Line
High School: St. James School (Sharpsburg, Mary.)
Size: 6-4.5, 285 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9160
Commitment date: 5/7/2022

Rico Flores

Name: [autotag]Rico Flores[/autotag]
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Folsom (California)
Size: 6-1, 190 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9202
Commitment date: 7/3/2022

Dylan Edwards

Name: [autotag]Dylan Edwards[/autotag]
Position: Running Back
High School: Derby (Kansas)
Size: 5-9, 165 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9237
Commitment date: 8/6/2022

Sullivan Absher

Name: [autotag]Sullivan Absher[/autotag]
Position: Offensive Tackle
High School: South Point (Belmont, NC)
Size: 6-7, 290 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9257
Commitment date: 5/13/2022

Jaiden Ausberry

Name: [autotag]Jaiden Ausberry[/autotag]
Position: Linebacker
High School: University Lab (Baton Rouge, Louis.)
Size: 6-0, 210 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9371
Commitment date: 8/4/2022

Boubacar Traore

Name: [autotag]Boubacar Traore[/autotag]
Position: Defensive Lineman
High School: Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.)
Size: 6-5, 235 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9399
Commitment date: 4/27/2022

Micah Bell

Name: [autotag]Micah Bell[/autotag]
Position: Cornerback
High School: The Kinkaid School (Houston, Tex.)
Size: 5-11, 170 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9436
Commitment date: 7/1/2022

Jaden Greenhouse

Name: [autotag]Jaden Greathouse[/autotag]
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Westlake (Austin, Texas)
Size: 6-2, 215 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9455
Commitment date: 7/8/2022

Brenan Vernon

Name: [autotag]Brenan Vernon[/autotag]
Position: Defensive Lineman
High School: Mentor (Ohio)
Size: 6-5, 275 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9475
Commitment date: 6/29/2021

Braylon James

Name: [autotag]Braylon James[/autotag]
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Stony Point (Round Rock, Texas)
Size: 6-2, 185 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9483
Commitment date: 4/19/2022

Drayk Bowen

Name: [autotag]Drayk Bowen[/autotag]
Position: Linebacker
High School: Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.)
Size: 6-2, 225 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9571
Commitment date: 11/3/2021

Christian Gray

Name: [autotag]Christian Gray[/autotag]
Position: Cornerback
High School: DeSmet (St. Louis, Missouri)
Size: 6-0, 175 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9617
Commitment date: 7/4/2022

Jeremiyah Love

Name: [autotag]Jeremiyah Love[/autotag]
Position: Athlete (Running Back)
High School: Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Missouri)
Size: 6-0, 190 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9691
Commitment date: 10/15/2022

Charles Jagusah

Name: [autotag]Charles Jagusah[/autotag]
Position: Offensive Tackle
High School: Alleman (Rock Island, Illinois)
Size: 6-6, 308 pounds
247Sports Rating: 4-star, .9808
Commitment date: 6/30/2022

Peyton Bowen

Name: [autotag]Peyton Bowen[/autotag]
Position: Safety
High School: Guyer (Denton, Texas)
Size: 6-0, 185 pounds
247Sports Rating: 5-star, .9860
Commitment date: 1/1/2022

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire