For some high school football teams, the first half of their season is already in the rearview mirror. With the second half of these seasons ready to kick off, it’s time to quickly appreciate some of the best performers in Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2023.
Some of these recruits could be due to an increase in the recruitment ranking here in the near future. Here are several of the players that every major recruiting platform should prepare to raise in their upcoming ranking updates.
RB/WR DYLAN EDWARDS – Derby (Kan.) High School
Edwards has been steadily increasing the recruiting rankings since the summer due to a combination of past production and camp circuit performance before the season. He is once again having a terrific start to the senior season.
In four games so far, Edwards has rushed for 554 yards and eight touchdowns on just 61 carries. That 9.1 yards per carry average is actually considerably lower than his 12.5 yards per carry average from last season. Edwards has also picked up a kick return for a 92-yard touchdown so far, also serving as a dynamic special team for Derby.
Coming from Kansas, it has a lot to do with Edwards being under the radar for so long. The 5-9, 165 playmaker is not underestimated by Notre Dame staff, who see him as a dynamic offensive weapon at the next level.
Edwards is now considered a consensus four-star recruit by all major recruiting platforms, but currently sits as the unranked variety by On3 and 247Sports. This should change very quickly.
WR TAESHAUN LYONS – Hayward (California) Tennyson
All 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals currently have Lyon as a three-star recruit in each of their rankings. It’s hard to figure out the rating when you jump on the movie. It’s true that the 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver isn’t playing the best competition in the state of California, but Lyon aren’t just beating their competition, they’re dominating them.
This is evident by their start to the 2022 season so far, where Lyon have had 22 receptions for 501 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Overall, he has 833 total yards and seven scores. That’s an average of 22.7 yards per reception and 208 total yards per game.
Smooth and explosive, Lyons has all the tools to be a special wide receiver at the top level. As evidenced by his 8 catches, 303 yards and three touchdowns a few weeks ago, Lyons has all the tools you could be looking for at the next level.
Its classification should indicate it soon.
DE ARMEL MUKAM – Woodberry Forest High School (Virginia)
We haven’t seen Mukam near his ceiling so far. This is mostly due to the simple fact that we just haven’t seen much of Mukam on a football pitch.
Not so long ago, he lived in Canada and was mainly interested in hockey. Now in his second season of football action, Mukam has an incredible amount of tools and advantages.
At 6-4 and 250 pounds, the Virginia native has ridiculous length for the position. It has a well-proportioned frame and a ton of natural power. Mukam is a tough player to deal with at the point of attack, showing the ability to overwhelm the opposing offensive lineman.
If Mukam had started playing football a few years earlier, there would be no doubt that he would not currently be a consensus three-star recruit.
Its advantage is immense. The ranking could correspond very soon.
DE BOUBACAR TRAORE – West Roxbury Catholic Memorial (Massachusetts)
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Traore is coming off a dominating second game of the season, recording two sacks in the team’s 46-0 win over Algonquin Regional. Long and explosive at 6-4 and 255 pounds, Traore is one of the most physically gifted rushers in the recruiting class of 2023.
He is welcomed as a rookie by 247Sports, currently considered the No. 93 player overall and the No. 12 defensive lineman in the class. Quite simply, Traore’s film so far this season is a consensus top-100 rookie. ESPN and Rivals currently haven’t ranked him among the top 200 players overall and that’s just not indicative of what he’s put on.
There is a legitimate chance for Traore to become one of the country’s leading defenders. He is so talented.
S BEN MINICH – West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West
Minich was a vital part of a hugely talented 6-0 Lakota West team to start the season. Although there is a lot of talent littered throughout the team, including his security colleague and Ohio State’s commitment Malik Hartfordit’s hard to ignore the overall impact Minich has had on the team so far.
Of course, it starts on the defensive side of football, where the 5-11, 185-pound safety makes a variety of plays from deep and works in the box as an extra running defender. Minich is also a playmaker on the offensive side of football, where he is one of the best wide receivers on the team.
On special teams, Minich has also blocked a punt so far this season.
While the upside may not be as high as a few others in Notre Dame’s class, Minich still deserves credit for how well he looks so far in 2022. Classifying him as a three-star is not just not indicative of the caliber of the football player. it’s Minich.
He’s earned any raise he gets at this point.
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Content of the Irish breakdown
Notre Dame List 2022
Schedule Notre-Dame 2022
Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Offense
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Defense
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense
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