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Notre Dame gets the letter: Punter Bryce McFerson, former Wake Forest commit


Metrolina Christian Academy; Indian Trail, N.C.Measurements: 6-foot-1, 181 pounds.Accolades: Recruiting rankings have never quite figured out how to grade specialists, an undeniable piece of football but never players that will be ranked inside a top-whatever. Perhaps more notable than his two-star status, McFerson will play in the All-American Bowl on Jan. 8.

Other notable offers: McFerson de-committed from Wake Forest just a day before he visited and committed to Notre Dame in mid-November.

Projected position: Punter, duh.

Quick take: As the Irish realized they would need a punter in 2022, they quickly identified and pursued McFerson, more a compliment than anything that would be written here could be.

Short-term roster outlook: Current junior Jay Bramblett is expected to transfer, with immediate eligibility, to play closer to his home of Tuscaloosa, Ala., something former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly essentially confirmed in late November. That created the need for McFerson, as he should be the Irish punter in the 2022 opener at Ohio State.

Long-term depth chart impact: Notre Dame will not sign another punter until it expects McFerson to head elsewhere, barring a complete disaster in his performance. Thus, McFerson should handle these duties through the 2025 season.

Consensus four-star defensive end Aiden Gobaira
Consensus four-star safety Nolan Ziegler
Consensus three-star quarterback Steve Angeli
Consensus three-star defensive tackle Donovan Hinish, Kurt’s brother
Consensus four-star linebackers Jaylen Sneed and Joshua Burnham
Punter Bryce McFerson, former Wake Forest commit
Consensus four-star running back Jadarian Price
Tight ends Eli Raridon and Holden Staes
Consensus four-star defensive end Tyson Ford, the first commit to Marcus Freeman back in January
Cornerbacks Benjamin Morrison and Jayden Bellamy
Consensus four-star linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka, former USC commit
Consensus four-star receiver Tobias Merriweather, the only receiver in the class
Consensus four-star cornerback Jaden Mickey
Five offensive linemen complete Irish class of 2022, including quartet of four-stars