The coaches at Notre Dame are on the recruiting trail this week and on Thursday Fighting Irish will be the No. 1 priority for the class of 2021.
As always, Irish Illustrated has the latest.
Notre Dame running backs coach Lance Taylor will be in the Charlotte area today, as reported earlier this week, to see Weddington five-star springback Will Shipley No 21 overall players in the country from the class of 2021 according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
This check-in comes just days after the 5-11, 200-pound trip to South Bend to watch Notre Dame defeat USC. This trip couldn't have gone any better and in fact 247Sports insider Tom Loy threw in a 247Sports Crystal Ball for Fighting Irish to land the elite talent. After hearing from Shipley himself and then talking to sources close to this recruitment, there is a strong belief that Notre Dame has the edge in this recruitment.
"It definitely held up to its standard and even exceeeded it. It was absolutely incredible. My family and I, we enjoyed every part of it. The atmosphere and everything, it was really amazing," Shipley said after the visit in Notre Dame. "Yes, inside the stadium I will stand by what I told Mr. Wiltfong, it's the best atmosphere I've been in so far. Just in terms of how much the audience was involved, the student section, just how long the fans stayed there, even 1
As for the optimism in favor of Notre Dame, a strong link between Shipley and Taylor plays a big role. The two really struck it early in this recruitment and Taylor has been relentless in his quest for the nation's No. 1 all-rounder. purpose back in class 2021.
"Coach Taylor, you know, this is really just my second time to meet him. We have talked over the phone and he has come to school once, but you know, I know I have known him for a couple of years now, "Shipley said of the Irish assistant coach." We have a really good relationship and just being able to spend yesterday with him, I think it just made the relationship so much better. He is just such an amazing guy, such an amazing coach and definitely someone I can see myself being coached by. "
There are some heavy hits here. Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Stanford and many others will be great at this. Landing him will not be a slam-dunk for Notre Dame in any way However, the combination of academics and athletics really seems to tick every box for Shipley, which helps the Irish in that.
"You can't get what you get a Notre Dame in many other places," Shipley said. there is Stanford, northwest, but football that is part of academic development, that's crazy. Notre Dame's academy is one of the best in the country and being able to play Power 5, D1 football at the highest level and having a chance to compete for national championships, you really can't find it anywhere else. The academics were very, very impressive. It plays a lot for my family and I, and that part is huge for me. "
close, long-lasting friendship between Shipley and quarterback Tyler Buchner Notre Dame's elite quarterback commitment in the class of 2021 certainly does not hurt the Irish here. All things mentioned here, and others, Notre Dame has that sit in good shape early.
According to 247Sports Composite Rankings, Shipley is the 21st overall player in the country and the No. 2 prospect in North Carolina from the class of 2021 247Sports lists him as the 44th overall player in the country, the No. 1 recruit on his national title and # 2 goal from his home state.