Notre Dame Football Recruitment: Four-star Braylon James signs on and propels the Irishman to No. 1 in the 2023 standings
Notre Dame added a major commitment on Tuesday, as a four-star receiver Braylon James committed to the Fighting Irish on CBS Sports HQ. James, a product of Del Valle High School in Texas, committed to Notre Dame on Stanford and TCU.
James joining the Notre Dame program is significant because it gives first-year coach Marcus Freeman the nation’s current No. 1 recruiting class for the 2023 cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite. The commitment of Irish touchdown James pushes them ahead of Ohio State, Arkansas and Texas Tech for the No. 1 class with nine commitments.
“I don’t even know where to start with them. As soon as Coach Freeman took over, it’s like the whole recruiting process started to change. I feel like in terms of priority absolute, they do their best to make me feel that” James told 247Sports. “They expressed they wanted me and hiring Chansi Stuckey, someone I had a relationship with at Baylor before, just solidified that relationship. I talk to them every week. I feel like to be a complete school, they have it all. And on top of that, they play ball at every level – Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC. You name it, they play it. I have feel like I can be the best me out there.
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, James is one of the top recruits in the talent-rich Texas state. It ranks No. 72 in the industry standard 247Sports Composite, including the No. 12 wide receiver in the class. James was a two-time all-district draft pick and also competed in basketball, 300-meter hurdles and high jump.
“Big-frame outside receiver with clear physical tools and athleticism,” Gabe Brooks, 247Sports Midlands Region scouting analyst, wrote of James. “Assembled one of the nation’s best-verified test records in the spring of 2022, confirming top speed and initial explosiveness. Highest Speed may appear a little more often in the field, but the materials certainly exist to manifest it.
James is another important addition to what has quickly become Notre Dame’s special recruiting class. The Fighting Irish have nine commitments, all of which are top rookies. James is the fifth top-100 rookie in the squad and the first offensive player in the class to post that rating.