Notre Dame Scholarship Numbers are in a good place for the present and the future
Notre Dame’s Class of 2022 is signed, sealed and delivered, NFL Draft decisions have been made, and the program has seen a number of transfers and departures since the end of the season. Notre Dame has its 85 scholarship limit in plain sight and is about to be able to add a transfer or two.
The current roster shake-up also lands the Irish a great recruiting class in 2023.
Notre Dame’s current stands at 86 purses, which means it’s only one spot short of the 85 maximum allowed by NCAA rules. There is also a good balance on the list.
As it stands, Notre Dame has 40 scholarship players on offense, 41 scholarship players on defense, and five special teams players.
Here’s a look at Notre Dame’s attacking numbers.
Strategist – 4
To recover – 5
wide receiver – 8
tight end – seven
offensive line – 16
TOTAL – 40
This number includes the running back C’Bo Flemister, which is still on Notre Dame’s updated list. His future at Notre-Dame remains uncertain, but with Lance Taylor I believe there’s a better chance that Flemister will have a desire to stay at Notre Dame, and Notre Dame might have an increased desire to keep him.
If Flemister is on the roster during spring training, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’ll still be there come fall. As the depth chart shakes up in the spring, it could increase the chances of a player or three leaving soon after or during the summer.
I’m still puzzled by the idea of having seven tight ends on the roster and wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if a tight end is dropped from the roster before the end of spring.
Notre Dame’s receiver numbers are fragile, so staff should continue to monitor the transfer portal very closely. He should lose two players from the list in order to bring in a transfer for next season, which I expect to happen.
The 16 offensive linemen are a very healthy number.
Here’s a look at Notre Dame’s defensive numbers.
defensive end – 9
defensive tackle – seven
Linebacker/Rover – ten
Cornerback – 8
Security – seven
TOTAL – 41
Assuming Notre Dame keeps their current defensive roster intact, their depth chart is very balanced. There’s the kind of depth on defense to allow Notre Dame to move some players around to help the offense.
Of course, anyone who’s listened to my podcasts this offseason or heard me discuss the depth chart since the end of the 2021 campaign knows I’m referring to the move. Xavier Watts at the wide receiver. I have no information that he is going to move, but I will continue to be of the opinion that it has to happen. Watts is someone who does more than just help with the numbers at wide receiver, he also gives him a boost in terms of athleticism and playing ability.
Notre Dame would then have 14 secondary players, and that includes a number of players who could play both cornerback or safety (Ramon Henderson, Clarence Lewis, Philip Riley, Jayden Bellamy).
Here’s a look at Notre Dame’s numbers on special teams.
Kicker – 2
Bettor – 1
Snappers – 2
Notre Dame is also expected to get Harvard punter Jon Sot in the fall as an extra, which only adds to his specialist depth.
RECRUITMENT CLASS OF 2023 COULD BE HUGE
The composition of Notre Dame’s current roster puts it in position to land a HUGE Class of 2023, which is very important for the new look staff.
Notre Dame will have 15 fifth- or sixth-year players on its roster who are likely in their final seasons in 2022. Three of those players are sixth-years who will end after the 2022 season. Jayson Ademilathe entire group of 11 men who remain from the 2018 class could return in 2023, but the chances of more than one or two returning remain slim.
Notre Dame will also have 13 seniors on the roster, but not all will get a fifth season or use a fifth season.
Isaiah Foskey, Cam Hart and Brandon Joseph will all likely have a decision to make in the NFL after next season. There are defending players (Jacob Lacey, Howard Cross III, Marist Liufau, JD Bertrand, Jack Kisser) and at least one offensive lineman (Andrew Kristofic, Zeke Correl) who will have a chance to return in 2023.
There is also the strong possibility that Michael Mayer will leave early for the NFL. Of course, there will be transfers after next season as we see every year for each program.
Add it all up and Notre Dame should be able to get 25 scholarships for the Class of 2023 with no problem, and going beyond that is entirely possible.
Content of the Irish distribution
Notre Dame List 2021
Schedule Notre-Dame 2021
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense
Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
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