The Notre Dame base received excellent news late Monday night in the form of a new engagement.
Valrico (Florida) Bloomingdale corner defender Philip Riley chose Notre Dame in May but backed down from his promise in September. Soon after, he committed to the USC. However, the Irish staff never gave up on Riley and brought him back, which he announced on 16 November.
Riley will sign with Fighting Irish in December and will sign up earlier. It is Notre Dame’s 20th verbal engagement in the 2021 class, which ranks 10th as a rival.
The Irishman entered the day at number 11, but passed Clemson. However, the Tigers have three fewer commitments than Notre Dame.
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Riley’s commitment, according to Rivals’ formula, adds Notre Dame 109 points to his overall standings, putting the Irish at 2278. Clemson is 2,240 points, and one place ahead of Notre Dame at number 9 is Georgia, which has 18 commitments and 2,312 points.
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Of the schools in the top 10 of the rivals, Notre Dame has the fewest commitments with four stars. The Irish have seven, while the next lowest is Michigan, Georgia and Tennessee, all drawing 12.
This may disappoint some Irish fans, but what helps Notre Dame in the rankings is that nine of its 12 three-star engagements are borderline four-star prospects with a 5.7 three-star designation.
Sorted by average star rating, Notre Dame is number 16 in the country with an average of 3.45 rookie stars. The Irish are just above Wisconsin, Texas, Auburn and Washington, respectively.
Riley is Notre Dame’s fourth defensive bet in the 2021 class, joining Bollingbrook (state) Heist Justin Walters, Ensino (California) Chance Tucker of Crespi and Ryan Barnes of Gutersburg, Michigan.
During the recruitment process, Riley held offers from people like Clemson, Florida, Miami, Oregon, Penn State, Texas and Washington.
Rivals rank Riley as the biggest player in the country and 24th as a corner player, plus the 38th player in Florida. Riley was originally from Washington state, but moved to Florida in December 2018.
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