Nine 2020 Notre Dame Commits Make ESPN300 List

Bryan Driskell

ESPN released an updated Top 300 for the class of 2021, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish class was well represented. Notre Dame landed nine players in the latest update to the ESPN300.

With nine commitments in the ESPN300 that means over half of Notre Dame’s 17-man class is currently ranked among the nation’s best players. Notre Dame is tied with Florida and Florida State for seventh most in the country. Of the teams with more ESPN300 players than Notre Dame, only Georgia (16) has fewer overall commits, and only Auburn (19) has fewer than 20 commits.

A look at the Notre Dame players in the new ESPN300:

No. 20 - Chris Tyree, Running Back

ESPN ranks Tyree as the No. 3 running back in the country and the best player in the state of Virginia. He is just three spots away from being a five-star after winning the fastest man competition at the Nike Football The Opening Finals in Texas this summer.

Tyree missed multiple games this season with an ankle injury, but according to Max Preps the speedy running back has 400 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns on just 37 carries (10.8 YPC). Tyree also has a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown on the season.

No. 47 - Jordan Johnson, Wide Receiver

Johnson is ranked as the nation’s fifth best receiver and the No. 2 player in the state of Missouri. A five-star player according to Rivals, Johnson has a unique combination of size (6-2, 185), speed, athleticism and ball skills.

Notre Dame made Johnson an early priority in a loaded wide receiver class from a national standpoint, and it beat out programs like Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, USC and Florida for his commitment.

No. 81 - Michael Mayer, Tight End

Mayer shot up the national rankings after a dominant summer, and the more people see his film the higher his ranking climbs. ESPN ranks him as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the top player in Kentucky. The standout tight end earned Offensive MVP honors at the Nike Football The Opening Finals in Texas this summer.

Mayer has hauled in 29 passes for 508 yards and nine touchdowns on the season for Covington Catholic. A two-way standout, Mayer earned all-state honors at linebacker as a junior and all-state honors as a defensive end after his sophomore season.

No. 122 - Michael Carmody, Offensive Tackle

Carmody is the younger brother of Notre Dame sophomore wing Robby Carmody of the basketball team. The younger Carmody brings a whole different skill set to Notre Dame. Also a standout basketball player, Carmody has finally started filling out his frame. His senior film shows a player getting more and more comfortable with the extra weight, and his dominant play has caused him to emerge as one of the nation’s top offensive tackles.

ESPN ranks him as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 2 player in Pennsylvania. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 95 player in the land.

No. 139 - Rylie Mills, Defensive End

Like Tyree, Mills has missed time this season with an injury, but he’s back on the field, and he remains one of the top players in the nation. ESPN ranked him as the No. 14 defensive end in the country and the No. 2 player in Illinois, but Mills might very well end up playing inside at Notre Dame, where his athleticism would play even better.

Mills is ranked between No. 135 and No. 169 overall by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports.

No. 166 - Drew Pyne, Quarterback

Heavy personnel losses at New Canaan (Conn.) have made life difficult thus far for Pyne, who is having a down year statistically. Pyne has completed just 55.7-percent of his passes and has just 673 yards in four games, but he remains one of the nation’s top signal callers.

Pyne is ranked as the No. 9 quarterback in the country and the No. 2 player in Connecticut according to ESPN.

No. 177 - Tosh Baker, Offensive Tackle

Baker is up 10 spots from the previous ranking, but ESPN still ranks the talented offensive tackle much lower than the other services. He’s ranked as the No. 22 offensive tackle and No. 8 player in Arizona according to ESPN.

247Sports ranks Baker as the nation’s No. 43 overall player and the No. 4 offensive tackle, while Rivals ranks him as the No. 44 overall player and the No. 5 offensive tackle. Both services rank Baker as the No. 3 player in a loaded Arizona class.

No. 183 - Jordan Botelho, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

Botelho is another player with a wide variation in ranking. ESPN ranks him No. 183 in the nation and as the No. 14 outside linebacker. Rivals ranks him as the No. 211 player in the country, but 247Sports ranks Botelho as the nation’s No. 42 overall player and the No. 4 inside linebacker, although Notre Dame is recruiting him as a drop end. All three services rank the Honolulu (Haw.) St. Louis star as the top player in the state of Hawaii.

Botelho is having a monster season, having registered 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks for the undefeated Crusaders.

No. 275 - Kevin Bauman, Tight End

Bauman is an overlooked player in the class due to the presence of Mayer, but there is no doubting he is one of the nation’s top tight ends. Considering how much Notre Dame uses its two tight end packages, landing both Mayer and Bauman was huge for Chip Long.

Bauman is a physical tight end that can work the middle of the field and blocks well, but he’s averaged almost 20 yards per catch during his career thanks to his ball skills and sneaky athleticism. ESPN ranks him as the No. 5 tight end in the country and the No. 8 player in New Jersey.

ESPN also ranked offensive coordinator Chip Long as the nation's No. 7 recruiter.

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Comments (8)
No. 1-4

I know it’s just rankings but I’d have had Botelho higher (just on motor alone), Carmody lower (potential is there but his tape didn’t say top 150 to me), and Tosh Baker considerably higher. (Future 1st round pick IMO)The rest I can live with. I’ve always viewed Johnson as a very high 4 star guy but I like a couple WRs better. Julian Fleming, Demas to name a few. I love Chris Tyree in this offense, but injuries probably will keep him from being a “5 star” Pyne is the wild card. I just want to see the arm strength travel to South Bend. Agreed on the Book to Pyne sentiments.


Really looking forward to seeing Chris Tyree in South Bend!


Do you have any concern over Pyne as a prospect?


ESPN might be the worst out of all the recruiting services imo. I think you could make a solid case for 11 of the 17 commits to be top 300 players. Maybe even 12.