Notre Dame is focused on pre-season training and the 2022 season is just four weeks away, but the Irish have nonetheless added two 2023 recruits in the first two days of training. Rivals.com three-star running back Dylan Edwards (Derby High School; Kansas) committed at Notre Dame on Saturday, joining Ben Minich, three-star opposition defender.who promised on Friday.
Edwards, ranked 10th in his class by competing services, received four stars from other recruiting services. will probably apply to him whenever he next updates his rating.
In mid-June, he traveled to Kansas due to interest from Nebraska and Oklahoma. Then the 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas ran 40 yards in 4.38 seconds at the Under Armor event in mid-July and his kit changed. Schools with moderate interest scored this, including Notre Dame.
Edwards, an Under Armor All-American, visited South Bend in late July and subsequently retired from Kansas State. While Oregon was chasing him, Edwards becomes second in the Irish class by joining agreed four-star Jayden Limar (Lake Stevens HS; Washington). Edwards also has offers from the states of Iowa, Michigan and Kentucky.
At 5ft 9in and 165lbs, most of his 2,603 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2021 came from running from opponents. Edwards’ highlights begin with a kickoff return for a touchdown in which he rushes past the covering team.
That performance could be in store for Edwards in 2023, with the current junior running back. Chris Tyree last year he was hitting back early in the match and is unlikely to do so much longer given his attacking workload. If current sophomore wide receiver Lorenzo Styles takes on the role for now, the same reasoning could end up pushing him away from it.
Behind the Tyree, the Irish have some young runners: sophomores Logan Diggs as well as Audric Estimand freshmen Jadarian Price as well as Gi’Bran Payne. But none of them provide the same breakaway speed component as Edwards.
Scatbacks – and Edwards fits that description exactly given his size – are usually more agile than fast, if not by much, but Edwards flips that. The hole in the defense does not need to be opened for a long time for him to go through it into the end zone.
“They want to give me the ball so I can make moves and score.” Edwards said Inside ND Sport. “That’s what Coach (Marcus) Freeman and [offensive coordinator Tommy] Rhys played in my head. When I get there, I’m going to be a playmaker. I would not necessarily put the tag on one position. … It’s about what I’m playing.”
He avoids tackles more than he goes through them, a luxury afforded by the level of competition in Kansas, and there’s plenty to think about next August.
In August next year, Edwards may well try to get through the tackle of Minich, who is also known for his speed.
A receiver and safety in high school, Minich clocked under 11 seconds in the 100 meters. If he ever passes on the road, he won’t get caught unless DK Metcalfe appears on the field.
At 6ft 1in and weighing 180lbs, most of Munnich’s strength comes from his legs, allowing for a more secure grip than his weight usually suggests. His combination of speed and fitness readiness should make him an early pick for special teams, although anything more would require some extra weight.
In June Munnich visited Cincinnati, Duke, Wake Forest and Notre Dame. The visit to South Bend was a camp visit, so the Irish coaching staff took a close look at him on the field. When a lower-ranking recruit agrees after such a camp assessment, it is usually indicative of what the coaching staff have been looking for and apparently found on their own campus.
Minich is third safest in the Irish class, having joined four star consensus Adon Schuler and Peyton Bowen.
The class, which now has 23 commits, remains #1 in 2023, according to competing.com.