Notre Dame football: South Carolina WR suddenly in play for Irish

Notre Dame football targets 4-star WR Malik Clark, aiming to replace Jayvan Boggs. Can the Irish compete against regional powerhouses?
Notre Dame football mascot runs down the sidelines during the spring game
Notre Dame football mascot runs down the sidelines during the spring game / MANDATORY CREDIT GREG SWIERCZ / USA

While Notre Dame football coaches are more than likely a bit bummed they’re no longer in the running for Jayvan Boggs, it appears they’ve already picked his replacement. The Irish coaches are going after another 4-star receiver. Now, how much of a shot does ND have for Malik Clark?

Clark officially received a Notre Dame football offer on Thursday night. It would sure seem as though the Irish believe they can make up for lost time if they’re giving out the offer at all. But there is indeed lost time.

Clark, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound receiver out of South Carolina, is the 209th-ranked player by 247Sports. That puts him in good company with other recruits that the Irish are going after who stand out in ranking services, such as the new Rivals250.

Notre Dame football is in the running for South Carolina wide receiver Malik Clark

It’s not going to be easy for the Irish to fight their way to the top of Clark’s list. Regional powers like Virginia Tech, South Carolina, North Carolina and North Carolina State are all staying busy trying to win him over. He’s had a couple of visits just this week with Georgia and now is taking in the Gamecocks.

It might be Georgia that gives Notre Dame football the biggest sign they’ve got some hope. The Bulldogs were also a fairly late offer in the whole process. And yet, he took an unofficial almost right away.

Certainly the next step is going to be getting Malik Clark to come to South Bend. But it’s clear they have space in his class. One of the speedier receivers in the class has a spot on the Notre Dame football radar because of Boggs. In the long run, if the Irish can make up time, might that be a blessing in disguise?