Notre Dame Football Recruiting Class of 2023
The 2023 class has a few very good players to choose from. Of those players, 13 are blue chip prospects. Four-star recruits like Hanafin and Flores are among them. And those numbers are sure to increase. In fact, Notre Dame has 15 commitments in that class. But which one will end up in South Bend? Read on for our preview of Notre Dame’s 2023 class.
Bell is a two-way player
The four-star cornerback recruited by Notre Dame has an offer from Baylor, Duke, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Oregon State. The two-way player holds more than two dozen offers and is a strong academic candidate. Notre Dame reportedly extended an offer to Bell on March 17. In the meantime, Bell is expected to announce his commitment to Notre Dame on Monday. The decision is an important step in Notre Dame’s recruiting process, as the loss of Justyn Rhett will hurt Notre Dame’s recruitment class.
Bowen is a legit five-star prospect
If you are a Notre Dame football fan, you’ve probably already noticed that Bowen is a top prospect for the Fighting Irish. His commitment to Notre Dame is a major reason why. Notre Dame has a serious need at the safety position, and while they have had some success recruiting elite safeties, they have struggled to land any of them. The No. 1 class is already extremely thin at the position, and the Irish need some freshmen to help immediately.
Flanagan is a great athlete
Ryan Flanagan is a talented tight end from the Los Angeles area who will be a tremendous fit at Notre Dame. He visited Notre Dame in June and later announced that he had verbally committed to the Irish. He was ranked by MaxPreps as the No. 14 prospect in the nation, but he is a better fit for the Irish’s tight end position than any other position on the field. The athleticism of Flanagan is also one of the reasons he was selected over other tight ends, especially by Notre Dame.
Traore is a two-way player
At 6-4 and 250 pounds, Boubacar Traore is a potential two-way player for the Fighting Irish. He attended Catholic Memorial High School and is the younger brother of a former LSU offensive tackle, who is currently playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Notre Dame is hoping to land another star in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Although he has only started one game for the Fighting Irish, Traore’s athleticism and size should allow him to play two or three positions on the field.
Zinter is a four-star prospect
The Fighting Irish have a new recruit in their midst – a four-star offensive lineman named Zak Zinter. Zinter, a Michigan product, is the cousin of Freeman Zinter. Zinter visited Notre Dame’s campus four times already and attended a game last fall. However, his most recent visit was the first since head coach Marcus Freeman took over.
Larsen is a four-star prospect
Former North Carolina tight end Larsen is a four-star prospect who is headed to Notre Dame. He has already visited the school four times, performing at camp in July and returning in October to watch the Irish defeat the Tar Heels. He also visited on April 12, a week after receiving a scholarship offer, and again during the first weekend of June. The Blue & Gold gave him offensive MVP honors during his visits.
Otting is a four-star prospect
Although he plays guard in high school, Otting projects as a center in college. He has fast hands and a punch that is valuable for an offense that relies on running the ball and getting to the second level. His size limits his current grade, but he has the tools to thrive at center in Notre Dame’s offense. Otting’s upside and floor-to-ceiling projections are similar to those of Joe Alt, who is a four-star Notre Dame football prospect.