In modern college football, no one can have enough talented cornerbacks, though Notre Dame has never seemed to have just enough. After signing only three four-star corners in the last four classes, securing the commitment of consensus four-star Jaden Mickey (Centennial High School; Corona, Calif.) on Sunday afternoon gives the class of 2022 a more encouraging outlook.
Of those past three four-star cornerbacks, only early-enrolled freshman Philip Riley remains on the roster. After one season with the Irish, Noah Boykin transferred to UMass in the summer of 2019, and Isaiah Rutherford departed for Arizona this past January after two seasons idling in South Bend.
In other words, while Notre Dame has welcomed the development of Clarence Lewis and Tariq Bracy, it has long needed more high-end cornerback talent to pan out to breach college football’s upper echelon.