It's a major recruiting weekend for the Irish football program as Friday night Notre Dame hosted some of the top prospects in the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes in an event called "Irish Invasion."
As Notre Dame continues to build this into a premiere event, they even invited the media to attend--which is a first for these types of recruiting activities.
Many current ND commits were on hand working out with Irish coaches including cornerback Shaun Crawford, safety Nicco Fertitta and offensive linemen Tristen Hoge and Jerry Tillery. Other commits who were on hand but not practicing were defensive tackles Elijah Taylor and Brandon Tiassum.
5-star linebacker target Justin Hilliard was on hand as well. He didn't train at all but had a personal golf cart ride courtesy of Irish coach Brian Kelly. He was joined by big-time running back prospect Jacques Patrick, who is committed to Florida State. While the other recruits took buses from the Stadium to the practice fields, Hilliard and Patrick got the personal tour with Coach Kelly.
Another 2015 target, linebacker Tevon Coney, was on hand but did not practice.
The nation's number one rated quarterback for the recruiting class of 2016 was in attendance. That's Malik Henry, who showed off his electric arm. Henry is considered a program changing quarterback who the Irish covet greatly.
Fellow 2016 target, tight end Jake Hausmann, also worked out and had a number of 1-on-1 battles with current commit Fertitta. Fertitta picked up a brilliant interception on one exchange while Hausmann made a gorgeous catch on another.
We'll let you know if the Irish pickup any commits throughout the weekend.