Where Notre Dame stands in 2024 recruiting rankings after two commitments

Mike Singer06/08/23
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Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Notre Dame had four uncommitted official visitors on campus last weekend, and two of them pledged to the Irish right afterwards.

First up was Lufkin (Texas) High’s Kedren Young, who ranks as the nation’s No. 182 player and No. 12 running back per the 2024 On3 Industry Ranking. Young made his announcement on social media Monday night, and the next day, Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern’s Styles Prescod, the No. 578 prospect and No. 42 interior lineman in America, let the country know he’d be stay in-state for college.

The Irish are up to 19 commitments in their 2024 class, a group that currently ranks No. 8 according to the 2024 On3 Industry Ranking Football Team Recruiting Rankings. Other websites have Notre Dame’s recruiting class currently ranked in the top five; we have more details on Notre Dame’s Industry Ranking at the bottom of the article.

Ahead of Notre Dame in the rankings is Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Michigan and South Carolina, respectively. Florida State and Oregon are directly behind the Irish to round out the top 10.

Prescod gave Notre Dame its first prospect in the Hoosier State. The Irish hope to make it two in the near future by landing Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side athlete Tae Johnson.

The average distance from the prospect’s hometown to Notre Dame is 578.7 miles, which is the third-highest number in the top 10 (Oregon 1,247.9 and Ohio State 806.8).

The Irish have two commitments ranked inside the top-50 of the On3 Industry Ranking’s national list. Those players are Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard South’s Cam Williams, the No. 35 recruit and No. 10 wide receiver nationally, and Saline (Mich.) High’s CJ Carr, the No. 43 prospect and No. 5 signal-caller in the land.

Below is a look at the top 10 schools according to the 2024 On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings, as of Thursday morning.

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Understanding On3’s team rankings system

If Notre Dame’s recruiting class has 19 commitments, and Alabama only has eight, how do the Crimson Tide rank five spots ahead of the Irish? Let’s get into it.

The On3 Industry Team Recruiting Ranking utilizes all four major recruiting media companies: On3, 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN.

Instead of a total points system like at Rivals, the On3 Industry Team Ranking uses a score average of the player rankings, which solves the problem of varying class sizes during the recruiting cycle. It compiles the highest-rated commits for each team up to a total based on a rolling average of current total commitments among Power Five schools.

The current average number of commits used in the rankings score is seven. This means that of Notre Dame’s 19 commitments, only the seven highest-ranked players are used for the rankings score.

To further explain that point: Notre Dame’s 19 commits have an average recruit rating of 89.85, but that is not the score used in the team ranking. Again, only Notre Dame’s top seven commits are only being used in the On3 Industry Team Ranking, and the Irish’s score with that group is 92.339 — this is the number used for the class ranking, as seen in the image above.

With this model, there are no bonus points for having more commitments than other teams, and only small deductions occur when a team has fewer commitments than the rolling average. Unlike distribution (bell) curves, this model doesn’t disproportionately weight a team’s top three or four highest-rated commits and is a more accurate representation of an entire class.