Notre Dame is off to a blazing start when it comes to recruiting the 2022 class, and it was recognized as such by SI All-American, who ranked the Irish class 4th in its first release of the 2022 class rankings.
"Notre Dame is off to another fast start, landing both volume (13 commits) and high-end talent. The three-man defensive end class is the best part of what is already one of the nation’s best classes. St. Louis big-man Tyson Ford is a powerful edge player that could easily make plays as both a big end and three-technique for Notre Dame. Virginia end Aiden Gobaira had a dominant junior season, and the 6'6", 230-pound edge rusher combines top-notch athleticism, power and a great frame, which makes him one of the best defenders on the East Coast.
"England-native Darren Agu has played football for just one season, but the 6'6", 225-pound athlete has an incredibly high ceiling. Landing Michigan standouts Josh Burnham and Nolan Ziegler at linebacker gives the Irish one of the best front seven hauls in the country, and they aren’t done yet. Joey Tanona and Ty Chan give the Irish a strong start along the offensive line, Holden Staes and Eli Raridon make up arguably the best tight end tandem in the country and Texas running back Jadarian Price gives the Irish another talented runner."
Unlike past seasons when Notre Dame was also ranked higher early on than it finished, the Irish are in on a lot of big-time talents. A strong month of June could solidify Notre Dame as a legit Top 5 class.
Here's the complete SI rankings:
1. Ohio State - 12 commits
2. LSU - 13 commits
3. Georgia - 12 commits
4. Notre Dame - 13 commits
5. Penn State - 11 commits
6. Oklahoma - 9 commits
7. Rutgers - 12 commits
8. Florida State - 9 commits
9. Texas A&M - 8 commits
10. Texas - 8 commits
11. Mississippi State - 12 commits
12. Boston College - 12 commits
13. Kentucky - 10 commits
14. Baylor - 10 commits
15. Maryland - 9 commits
16. Oregon - 8 commits
17. Michigan - 7 commits
18. Arkansas - 10 commits
19. Oklahoma State - 9 commits
20. Missouri - 8 commits
21. Alabama - 6 commits
22. Cincinnati - 11 commits
23. Clemson - 4 commits
24. USC - 5 commits
25. Florida - 6 commits
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