Notre Dame football looking to steal defensive back from power teams

Notre Dame football officially entered the race for one of the best defensive backs in the 2025 class in Trystan Haynes.

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While the Notre Dame football team is expecting Wednesday’s signing day to be relatively quiet, the staff is focusing hard on the 2025 class. To that end, another offer to one of the best players in the country went out on Monday night.

Trystan Haynes announced on X that the Irish were the latest team to give the 4-star defensive back an official offer. In doing so, Marcus Freeman and company are wading into some pretty deep waters when it comes to competition.

Haynes already had 16 total offers coming into Monday and the Notre Dame football offer makes number 17. For the moment, it’s looking as though the Oklahoma Sooners are the team to beat. However, they’re hardly the only power conference team coming hard for the cornerback.

Haynes, out of Midwest City, Oklahoma has made Norman his second home over the last few months. But he’s also taken some unofficial visits to some other programs, including the upstart of the SEC in Missouri earlier this year.

Haynes isn’t limiting his exposure to SEC schools. He’s also recently locked in a March visit to the Miami Hurricanes. The trick for Notre Dame football will be getting a visit from a prospect who is already going to have a very busy spring.

Notre Dame football looking to steal defensive back from power teams

Should the Irish manage to get a visit, it might be newsworthy. The number four prospect in the Sooner State doesn’t have a ton of visits or looks from the Midwest at the moment.

Of course, when you’re able to brag about having the top 2025 recruiting class according to at least one of the big recruiting services, you are more attractive to the top 150 prospects.

White Notre Dame football has 13 commits - it was 14 entering Monday - they only have two defensive backs in the class. The Irish would certainly like to grab a few more, starting with Trystan Haynes.