Notre Dame 2024 team recruiting rankings update after run of new commitments

On3 imageby:Mike Singer05/03/23


In a span of 11 days from April 21 to May 2, Notre Dame picked up five new commitments. The Irish landed a pair of prospects from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian in wide receiver Micah Gilbert and EDGE Bryce Young.

Marcus Freeman’s program also added verbals from Hoschton (Ga.) Mill Creek EDGE Cole Mullins, Warner Robins (Ga.) High wide receiver Isiah Canion and Chandler (Ariz.) High safety Kennedy Urlacher.

The Irish are up to 14 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, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Florida State, respectively.

Notre Dame is the only school in the top 10 without an in-state commitment. The average distance from the prospect’s hometown to Notre Dame is 552.5 miles, which is the second-highest number in the top 10 (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. 34 recruit and No. 10 wide receiver nationally, and Saline (Mich.) High’s CJ Carr, the No. 47 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 Wednesday morning.

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Understanding On3’s team rankings system

If Notre Dame’s recruiting class has 14 commitments, and Alabama only has six, 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 six. This means that of Notre Dame’s 14 commitments, only the six highest-ranked players are used for the rankings score.

To further explain that point: Notre Dame’s 14 commits have an average recruit rating of 90.4, but that is not the score used in the team ranking. Notre Dame’s top six commits are only being used in the On3 Industry Team Ranking, and the Irish’s score with that group is 92.441 — 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.

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