Kind of out of nowhere
— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) September 25, 2020
Notre Dame got his commitment back in May and was made shortly before (minutes) the Irish missed out on 5-Star running back Will Shipley to the Clemson Tigers. Notre Dame beat out schools like the Oregon Ducks, Virginia Tech Hokies, and Washington Huskies.
Riley made this commitment without visiting Notre Dame, and with the NCAA extending their no-visit dead period to January of 2021 — this decision by Riley actually makes some sense. If a prospect commits and has some doubts or questions, an official visit usually helps firm up that decision. Without this, it all comes down to a level of comfortability — and it’s clear that it just isn’t there for Riley.
This brings Notre Dame’s class to 17 commits for 2021.
This is certainly bad news for Notre Dame, but it’s hard to think this is their fault. It’s equally hard to blame a kid from changing his mind about a place he can’t visit. This is the struggle of the 2021 class and recruiting in the time of the coronavirus.
Yo win some, and you lose some. You also win some back that you lose and lose those that you never really had. It’s a crazy time, but Notre Dame is still sitting with a really nice class that they will continue to try and add more talent to as the months go on — or in a few days.