5-star Notre Dame football target becomes free agent once again

The fallout from Alabama's coaching change has officially begun and the Fighting Irish are hoping to take advantage with Jaime Ffrench.
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Notre Dame football was left untouched by the coaching changes that took place in the last week, jumpstarted by the retirement of Nick Saban. That’s the good news. The better news is that now the Fighting Irish are hoping to take advantage of the fallout.

The full fallout of Alabama, Washington and Arizona all changing head coaches isn’t known yet. There are going to be more coaches changing spots, more players entering the portal. And recruits changing their allegiances.

Among those who have changed their allegiances already is a big-time Notre Dame football target in Jaime Ffrench. And now that he’s rescinded his commitment to the Crimson Tide, it stands to reason that the Fighting Irish will jump back into the fight.

Ffrench is a 5-star wide receiver out of Jacksonville, Florida who is considered the number three prospect at his position in the 2025 class. Considering that the Irish are already having one of the best classes in school history, it makes sense that they’d want to add on to that.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver has been pledged to the Tide since last July. Though it seems that Saban retiring was more of a final piece of the puzzle than something that pushed Ffrench out the door.

The Mandarin High product took an unofficial visit to Florida State as late as last November, so there’s been at least a little pull towards decommitting and reopening his recruitment. The question now is whether Notre Dame football can get its foot back in the door.

Notre Dame football target is free agent once again

There’s very little doubt that should Marcus Freeman and company make some headway for Ffrench, they will try their best. In his junior season, the pass-catcher hauled down 62 catches for 1,247 yards with 14 touchdowns. 

He sounds like quite the weapon for someone like Deuce Knight. Safe to say that Knight will agree. And considering how hard the Notre Dame football commit has worked at peer recruiting, one has to assume Freeman and company will soon give him his next target.