Marcus Freeman and company did a fantastic job of landing the guys Notre Dame football targeted. While I think a lot of the recruits could be ranked higher, here are three who will greatly outplay their rankings while in college.
First, this Notre Dame football class of 2024 is absolutely loaded with talent from top to bottom, not just high-school-level solid talent. They all have a chance to produce at the collegiate level and excel in doing so. In fact, one of the most underrated I have is the lowest-rated signee in the class according to the 247 composite rankings.
Cole Mullins - EDGE
Mullins dealt with an injury for the entirety of his 2023 senior season, but the 6’4” and 240-pound edge rusher has the tools to be a force on the defensive line. Obviously, missing your entire year with a knee injury doesn’t help you rise in the rankings, and in this case, it only hurt Mullins. In 2022, as a junior, Mullins had nearly 60 tackles with 6 sacks on the season.
It's one of my favorite high school highlight reels to watch; Mullins is extremely impressive. Cole is rated as the 54th overall player at his position but should play well above that when he recovers from injury. Bryce Young and Loghan Thomas get a lot of love at the edge spot in this class, and rightfully so, but Cole will be a force in due time.
Logan Saldate - WR
Yet again, thanks to an impressive class from the Irish, Saldate can sometimes get overlooked by recruiting analysts and fans. It's a huge mistake if you ask me. Not only does he run impressive routes and have great hands, but his speed is off the charts. The best part about Saldate is after you get the ball in his hands - sit back and enjoy the show.
Logan flipped to the Irish quickly after receiving his offer and interest, and even when Stuckey was let go, he was still fully locked in with the Irish. Notre Dame football fans will come to love this kid's game when he gets his chances. Ranked near the middle of the class as a 4-star recruit and top 50 wide receiver, I still think he’s better than where a lot of sites have him listed. Can’t wait to watch this guy play on Saturdays for the Irish.
Leonard Moore - CB
One of my favorite players on the defensive side of the football in this class, Leonard Moore, is a lockdown cornerback with size and length. At 6’2” and 180 pounds, he’ll have to add some strength, but that will come with time. When I watched his tape, I instantly pictured a playmaker on the defensive side of the football. Moore is rated a 3-star and 35th overall cornerback in the nation. He looks like a top 10 type of talent to me.
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This Notre Dame football cornerback room is absolutely loaded, yet I still think that Moore could find his way on the field sooner rather than later. With Benjamin Morrison, Jaden Mickey, Christian Gray, and others leading the way, Moore will have some studs to learn from while adjusting to the collegiate level.
While the entire Notre Dame football class truly is an exciting group, I think these dudes can absolutely ball far above and beyond their current rankings. Get them going in the weight room and at the collegiate level, and I think the sky is the limit for this group.