Elite wide receiver eyes Notre Dame football among top destinations

Notre Dame's recruiting efforts under Marcus Freeman are paying off, with top 2026 wide receiver prospects considering the Irish as a premier choice.
Notre Dame football wide receivers coach Mike Brown spring football practice.
Notre Dame football wide receivers coach Mike Brown spring football practice. / GREG SWIERCZ / USA TODAY NETWORK

One of the areas where the Notre Dame football team has shown the most recruiting improvement under Marcus Freeman is the wide receiver position. The Fighting Irish head coach seems to understand that the era of hoping for middle-of-the-road talent at wideout just doesn't get it done in this era of college football.

Certainly the wide receivers Notre Dame football hauled in as part of the 2024 recruiting class underlines that point. Guys like Logan Saldate and Micah Gilbert are considered real contenders for lots of playing time this fall. Then there's transfer receivers like Kris Mitchell and  Beaux Collins. Talented wide receivers are seeing South Bend as a premiere destination.

Top 2026 prospect Devin Carter certainly sees Notre Dame as a place he could call home. He recently told On3 that the Fighting Irish are one of his top candidates. Now it's all about closing the deal for Freeman and his offensive staff.

Notre Dame football fighting off all comers for blue-chip wide receiver

Carter, out of Cedar Grove in Georgia, is considered one of the Top 25 prospects in the entire class by all the recruiting services. Rivals and 247Sports have him inside the Top 15 and On3 has him ranked as the 21st best player.

In other words, he'd be a massive get for Notre Dame. And they've already taken the first steps to doing just that. 

Carter was in South Bend on April 6 and he liked what he saw. 

“I got to watch practice, and the intensity was great. I liked Coach [Mike] Brown’s attention to detail. We got to sit in receiver meetings, and I enjoyed it. I plan on getting back soon," Carter told Blue and Gold's Mike Singer.

He's also met new Irish offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock, when the OC was at LSU. Carter said that Notre Dame football pulling Denbrock away from Baton Rouge is one reason the Irish are now at the top of his list.

Now it's about getting Devin Carter back to Notre Dame and keep chipping away.