Less than a week after Notre Dame landed a commitment from its quarterback of the class of 2022, the Irish pulled in their first receiver pledge of the cycle on Wednesday morning. Consensus three-star receiver Amorion Walker (Ponchatoula High School; La.) may not warrant much recruiting rankings buzz, but Notre Dame’s focus on him comes with reason, and the lack of hype may be little more than a pandemic side effect.

Walker did not get the chance to shine in recruiting camps before his junior season — most any camps held were focused on the rising high school seniors, even more so than usual — and a hamstring injury limited him to only three games in the fall. His recruitment to date has been so defined by the uncertainty of the pandemic that not only has Walker not yet visited campus, but his rivals.com profile headshot comes complete with a pulled-down surgical mask.

Yet, the Irish coaching staff made it clear to Walker he was a priority since offering him a scholarship in November, and they thus beat out Mississippi State, where Walker’s father played, and Kansas State, not to mention Florida State, Virginia Tech and Washington State.