Notre Dame Football makes big move with offer to versatile athlete

Notre Dame Football targets versatile athlete Shavar Young Jr. for 2026 offer. Can they secure his commitment?
Brentwood Academy's Shavar Young, talks out a passing route
Brentwood Academy's Shavar Young, talks out a passing route / George Robinson / The Tennessean / USA

The Notre Dame football team has ramped up their 2026 recruiting over the last few weeks. While most of the team’s new offers went out to kids in that class on Pot of Gold Day, it appears that Marcus Freeman and company are still working on identifying others in the class who they want to be part of the Fighting Irish.

On Saturday, the Notre Dame football team offered yet another top-ranked member of the 2026 class. This one a player who is still looking for a cemented position at the next level. Until that comes, Shavar Young Jr. is simply one of the best “Athletes” in the class who could end up playing either receiver or defensive back at the next level.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Webb School of Knoxville product was in South Bend to watch the Notre Dame football spring practices. Hoping that he liked what he saw, the Fighting Irish staff clearly liked what they saw and heard from him and the athlete announced he’d received an official offer on X.

Notre Dame football will need to beat off the big boys to win over Shavar Young

Now comes the hard part. The Notre Dame football team has some serious competition if they want to find a way to land Shavar Young. Both On3 and Rivals have ranked him as a 4-star recruit who has more than 25 total offers.

Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Michigan are just a few of the power schools hoping to win his commitment. At the moment, most recruiting sites consider the Volunteers the front runners. 

"Tennessee offering me a scholarship meant a lot," Young told Rivals back when they first offered him. "It does mean a lot because it’s practically my backyard. I grew up here and have a lot of family and friends here.”

Months later, it appears the SEC squad still has the inside track. However, Notre Dame football officially has its foot in the door with Saturday’s offer.