Starting today Notre Dame football has a huge recruiting weekend with four 2020 prospects visiting and multiple 2020 top recruits making the trek to Notre Dame's campus. For some it will be their first time visiting while others have visited multiple times.
Let's take a look at the 2020 prospects visiting this weekend...
Chris Tyree RB, #1 APB, Virginia- Arguably the #1 prospect on Notre Dame's recruiting board overall for the 2020 class. This will be the nation's #1 all-purpose back 2nd visit to Notre Dame after an unofficial visit in December for Junior Day. New RB coach Lance Taylor will have his first in-person talk with Tyree on campus starting today and will be looking to make headway for the fastest RB prospect on ND's board for at least the last 10 years from what I can recall. Landing a RB of Tyree's stature is a MUST for Coach Taylor and was the main reason why he was brought in to ND to secure top recruits commitments at the RB position. Taylor and the Fighting Irish will be in a dog fight for Tyree with top programs like Alabama and Oklahoma and many others also heavily recruiting the Virginia product. Tyree will also be making an official visit in June. The fact that Tyree is paying on his own dime to visit ND for a 2nd time this weekend is huge. I don't expect a verbal commitment but ND could in my opinion hit a home run with Tyree with current players showing him what life is like on campus and getting him a feel for the team and the coaching staff to at least put them in the lead for his services.
📍☘️— Chris Tyree4️⃣ (@chris_tyree4) March 22, 2019
Tirek Murphy RB, New York - Another 4-star prospect at the RB position who will be visiting Notre Dame this weekend on an unofficial. This is Murphy's first visit to ND and he will be bringing his mom which tends to work heavily for Notre Dame's favor when they can get mom on board. While Tyree is the #1 prospect on ND RB board there is no doubt ND and the coaching staff would take a commitment from Murphy and make room for two RBs in this class. This will be Murphy's first in-person meeting with Coach Taylor too. He's not even been a month on the job but the fact that Taylor already has two of the nation's best RBs visiting on their own dime speaks volumes. Murphy will also be visiting Alabama and Oregon in the future but just reading the tea leaves I think ND is in the driver's seat for his services.
Cody Simon LB, New Jersey - You may recognize the last name as his brother Shayne is a freshman linebacker currently at Notre Dame. ND has signed 8 linebackers in the last two classes so getting Cody's services isn't a must get for the Fighting Irish staff. But make no mistake ND would love to add another 4-star linebacker like Simon and will probably be in a battle with Penn State for his commitment. Don't bank on just because his brother plays at ND that Cody is a sure fire commitment for the Irish. ND has a lot of work to do for Cody and this weekend's unofficial visit should hopefully get them another visit in the future. The Ademilola twins also played with Cody in high school so he's got a lot of familiarity with some of the players. Defensive coordinator Clark Lea is also a big fan of Cody and why wouldn't he be after looking at these highlights...
Zak Zinter OL, Massachusetts - This will be big Zak's 2nd visit to Notre Dame after visiting for the Ball State game in the fall. Looks to be more of a guard prospect than tackle even though he has a tackle body. ND should be in a battle with in-state Boston College for Zinter's services. Numbers are low on takes in this class at the offensive line so don't be surprised if Zinter decides to jump aboard with a commitment this weekend. Zinter is a top 200 prospect overall in the nation and would be a tremendous get for the Fighting Irish and line coach Jeff Quinn.
The 2021 class visits this weekend include two Georgia WR prospects in Jaquez Smith and Deion Colzie. Both have offers from Notre Dame. This will be Smith's 1st visit to ND and Colzie's 2nd visit. Smith is an Atlanta prospect that has offers from the likes of Georgia, LSU, and Michigan. Colzie is an Athens prospect but only has one offer and it's not from UGA, it's Tennessee. The more Georgia peach products on the roster the better in my opinion for Notre Dame.
In-state Avon, IN offensive tackle Blake Fisher is ND #1 recruit on the offensive line for the 2021 class and will be on another unofficial visit to ND this weekend after visiting multiple times. Fisher has offers from all the big-time programs across the nation even though he's only a sophomore. He will be a tough pull because schools like Alabama and Ohio State are going after Fisher. Fisher could be a 5-star prospect when all is said and done and definitely has a 5-star offer list.
Another offensive linemen visiting this weekend is Landon Tengwall. The 6'6 300 lb prospect already has offers from all the big schools (Alabama, UGA, Michigan, etc.) like Fisher. Tengwall is out of Maryland and goes to Good Counsel HS which has produced another Notre Dame offensive lineman in Sam Mustipher. He also played with incoming freshman Cam Hart at Good Counsel. I like Notre Dame's chances here.
You have my fully torqued attention Sophie Turner! The Game of Thrones actress showed her inner Sansa Stark by chugging a full glass of wine on cue while on the jumbotron. The crowd at the New York Rangers hockey game went crazy and deservedly so. Turner showed her fiance Joe Jonas that yes she is in fact marriage material.
Former Ohio State QB Tate Martell receives waiver from NCAA and has been cleared to play in 2019 at Miami— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) March 19, 2019
The NCAA continues to work in mysterious ways today granting Ohio State QB transfer Tate Martell immediately eligibility for his new team, the Miami Hurricanes, for a "hardship" waiver. What exactly is the Martell hardship no one really knows except the NCAA. Martell was afraid to compete with incoming transfer Justin Fields who too got the hardship waiver to transfer from UGA. At this point the only "hardships" I see for silver spoon fed Martell are either a bruised labia and/or a bruised ego. I'll go both at this point.
This of course is great news for the Miami Hurricanes football program and their fans. As you may know new head coach Manny Diaz has his work cut out for him. With redshirt sophomore QB N'Kosi Perry back as the only returning Miami QB with any game experience his results were average at best. Martell should be able to compete if not win the starting spot this spring or summer. Martell is a former 4-star recruit out of the famed Bishop Gorman HS program in Las Vegas where he never lost a game. Martell sat behind JT Barrett and Dwayne Haskins his first two seasons at Ohio State but did enjoy some success in mop up duty.
O.G. Ichiro can still throw piss rockets. Playing in the Tokyo Dome in Japan for the Mariners today Ichiro absolutely unleashed one from right field to third base. The runner obviously thought better and stayed at 2nd instead of challenging the great Ichiro. Ichiro despite only hitting .080 in spring training will get the starting right field position when they face the A's in Tokyo on Wednesday. Hopefully we will get to see him hit and leg one out and get the full fledged Ichiro flashbacks.
CFB Playoff Odds - Probability (via @betonline_ag )— Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) March 12, 2019
Y -250; N +195 (67.8%)
Y -250; N +195 (67.8%)
Y +110; N -140 (44.9%)
Y +145; N -175 (39.1%)
Y +160; N -200 (36.6%)
Y +300; N -400 (23.8%)
Y +300; N -400 (23.8%
Y +350; N -500 (21.1%)
Betonline released their top college football playoff odds probability for next season and it's hard to argue the first two in Clemson and Alabama.
Clemson and Dabo have been to the playoffs 4 years in a row and have a 5-2 playoff record with two Natty's under their belt. Bama and Saban have been to the playoffs 5 years in a row with a 6-3 playoff record and also two Natty's. If my math is correct that means Clemson has made the playoffs 80% of the time and Alabama has made it 100%. I would safely assume to bet good money on both of these juggernaut programs to make the playoffs again. With both being at 67.8% odds right now you might as well load up a mortgage or kid's college fund on it or at the very least some hooker money on it.
UGA at 44.9% is too high. Even with Jake Fromm back they still have Kirby Smart as their coach and he's good for at least 2-3 losses per season. Yes UGA has played Bama close recently but they still lost those games. The Dawgs have made the playoffs once going 1-1. I'd say their odds are better at 20%.
Oklahoma at 39.1% looks right. Sooners have made the playoffs 3 of the 5 years but have yet to win a playoff game even with two Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray leading the way. Their defense still sucks but they got one of the best young coaches in the game in Lincoln Riley who has made the playoffs both seasons in Norman. Throw in transfer Jalen Hurts who has never missed the playoffs and by going by the numbers alone Oklahoma looks like the best bet here with their odds.
Ohio State is interesting at 36.6% because they have a new head coach and a new QB in Justin Fields. You really don't know what you are going to get out of either at this point. What we do know is Ohio State has made the playoffs twice. My math says that's 40% and looking at their schedule I don't see any sure fire L's on it.
Michigan on the list at 23.8% has to be a joke. Michigan has never made the playoffs. They lost all of their best defenders and as we saw in their Big Ten finale last season vs rival Ohio State they still gave up 62 points with those guys. The Buckeyes simply own Michigan and Jim Harbaugh. I don't see that changing this year.
Notre Dame at 23.8% is about right. They have made the playoffs once and played for a Natty 6 years ago. The talent and depth returning for the Fighting Irish is impressive but they will need to beat two teams (UGA and Michigan) on this list on the road in order to make the playoffs. They also don't have a conference championship to win so if they lose one game they are most likely out of the playoff race. QB Ian Book is back but Brian Kelly's track record with returning starters isn't the greatest at Notre Dame.
Texas is the hot team right now at 21.1%. After the Longhorns dismantled UGA in the Sugar Bowl and beat Oklahoma during the regular season the steers are definitely pointing up. The problem with Texas is they have to beat Oklahoma twice to make the playoffs. Good luck with that Longhorns.
Ouch.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 15, 2019
Bryce Harper exits today's game after being hit in his right ankle. pic.twitter.com/RIZHGluHQM
Well I'm not so sure we will be seeing Bryce Harper in the Phillies lineup on Opening Day. If you heard that crack of the ball to Harper's right ankle bone from here that is NOT a good sign. Especially when the pitch is coming at you at 96 mph with little to no protection of the ankle bone. Hopefully for the Phillies cause and their new $330 million toy it's just a deep bruise/contusion and not an actual cracked bone. Although Harper is young at 26 he also has a history of injury issues which has caused him to miss more than 200 games in his 6-year career. With less than 2 weeks till Opening Day it's probably wise to wrap Harper up in bubble wrap and skip the rest of Spring Training. Needless to say the Phillies took out Harper today after he could barely walk on it.
UPDATE: Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler says Harper has a right foot contusion and will get an X-ray. In other words no shit Sherlock.
Golf is hard.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 15, 2019
Tiger Woods puts two in the water on No. 17. 💦 pic.twitter.com/xEqCMx04Z0
It's only Friday morning but Tiger Woods is already two deep with the bartender at TPC Sawgrass. The famous island hole aka #17 saw Tiger go twice in the water to card an unsightly quadruple bogey 7 on the par 3. While it's still just the 2nd round and Tiger is technically in the hunt after finishing -3 today he's 8 shots back of the leader with two rounds left. Not good.
Yeah I think ESPN is gonna enjoy showing Zion dunk highlights tonight...
And another dunk for Zion pic.twitter.com/jqahUMR1i0— Tankathon.com (@tankathon) March 15, 2019
Live look @ ESPN headquarters in Bristol after that Zion Williamson dunk.... pic.twitter.com/Xl5RHhq3Tv— Francis in Glendale (@TFPWillEat) March 15, 2019
ZION CAUGHT HIS RETURN FLIGHT 🛫 pic.twitter.com/kW3Vb6MgoA— ESPN (@espn) March 15, 2019
And what Zion dunk highlights aren't complete without a little Jim Ross commentary...
Zion Williamson lob dunk x Jim Ross commentary mashup pic.twitter.com/RbOiK4G02a— Randy Cruz (@randyjcruz) March 15, 2019
This can't be understated. Chris Tyree is a legit game changer. The nation's fastest prep running back makes it look easy even when he's in 2nd gear. It's been a while since I've seen a talent like this in high school this freakishly good. First names that pop in my head are Kevin Faulk and Reggie Bush. Just complete freaks at the RB position who look like they are playing against Pop Warner kids. Hopefully Tyree ends up in the BLUE and gold of ole Notre Dame.