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Top 2014 Prospects for Notre Dame

  • Well, here I go again. Just like I did in 2012, I am putting out my best attempt of a top prospects list. I realize that I am not staff nor do I pretend to be. I am just a guy that likes recruiting, enjoys watching film, and loves thinking about the future possibilities for the Irish. I have also added hyperlinks to all of the players’ 247 pages. It took a lot longer to do, but I think it’s a quality feature that adds a lot to the thread.

    If you have anyone you want me to add, remove, or edit, just let me know. I am open to anything. I just want to keep this thread as active and current as possible through NSD 2014.

    Also, I want to give a special thank you to Star69 and Jiggafini19 for helping me compile the list when I was running low on names. It is early on so might as well make the list big and take it from there.

    Staff, you are more than welcome to help me out as well. If someone on here doesn’t belong or if I am missing a big name, please let me know.
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    ATH Jabrill Peppers – #8 overall/#1 ATH – 6’1”/205 lbs. – Paramus, NJ – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -In my opinion, one of the top three targets for the Irish in 2014. He is an incredible athlete with great fluidity and ball skills. Likely a lock-down pure #1 CB, but the possibilities are endless. A must have.

    ATH Nathan Starks – #26 overall/#3 ATH – 5’11”/200 lbs. – Las Vegas, NV – Offered – Probability: Medium

    ATH Budda Baker – #56 overall/#6 ATH – 5’10”/170 lbs. – Bellevue, WA – Offered – Probability: Low

    ATH Jamil Kamara – #96 overall/#8 ATH – 6’2”/195 lbs. – Virginia Beach, VA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    ATH Elijah Hood – #106 overall/#9 ATH – 5’11.5”/209 lbs. – Charlotte, NC – Offered- Probability: LOW

    -Seems to be focused in on the Irish. Listed as an athlete, but likely destined to be a running back. He’s a very good prospect and very good student. Tailor-made to be Irish.

    ATH Dareian Watkins – #119 overall/#10 ATH – 6’2”/192 lbs. – Galion, OH – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -Listed as an athlete, but also a DT QB. Not sure if he is Jalin Marshall and going to make the switch going into college or Denard Robinson and going to wait until he has to.

    ATH Kiy Hester – #172 overall/#15 ATH – Wayne, NJ – No Offer – Probability: Low

    ATH Montae Nicholson – #185 overall/#16 S – 6’3”/200 lbs. – Monroeville, PA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -List as a S, but 6’3” and rangy. Could also work at WR or be that Seattle-type long CB.

    ATH Joe Mixon – #20 ATH – 6’2”/195 lbs. – Oakley, CA – No Offer – Probability: Low/Medium

    ATH Tommy Mister – #33 ATH – 6’2”/185 lbs. – Oak Lawn, IL – Offered – Probability: High

    QB DJ Gillins – #116 overall/#1 Dual – 6’3”/185 lbs. – Jacksonville, FL – No Offer – Probability: Medium

    QB Brandon Dawkins – #9 Dual – 6’3”/190 lbs. – Thousand Oaks, CA – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -Has the Notre Dame connection already being from Thousand Oaks. One of the top QB’s in the nation and a true dual threat. He is a pass-first dual-threat QB. I can see him developing into a very good college QB and doesn’t lack the height like many dual QB’s.

    QB DeShone Kizer – #7 Dual – 6’5”/207 lbs. – Toledo, OH – No Offer – Probability: Low

    QB Randall Cunningham II – NR – 6’4”/180 lbs. – Las Vegas, NV – No Offer – Probability: Low

    QB Morgan Mahalak – NR – 6’3”/190 lbs. – Greenbrae, CA – No Offer – Probability: Low/High

    -I am sure you are wondering how his probability could be low/high. I rated him at that level because I don’t know if he ever gets the offer he wants so the odds of him ending up Irish probably are not good. However, if he does get it you can almost be assured he would commit. He is a huge Irish fan. Family is all about the Irish. He's an impressive athlete, but very raw as a QB. I would really love to see him get an opportunity to compete at the Elite 11 Camp with Trent Dilfer to see what he can do. Maybe just maybe he ends up Irish.

    RB Leonard Fournette – #2 overall/#1 RB – 6’/215 lbs. – New Orleans, LA – Offered – Probability: Low

    -An elite RB prospect. The best I’ve seen since AP2K. I know our odds aren’t good, but I just hope he doesn’t end up at Alabama.

    RB Sony Michel – #18 overall/#3 RB – 5’11”/190 lbs. – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -As the high school teammate and friend of Michael Deeb, not to mention one of the most productive HS RB’s I’ve ever seen, he has to be a main target for the Irish. A difference maker from day one.

    RB Jeff Jones – #89 overall/#7 RB – 6’/195 lbs. – Minneapolis, MN – No Offer – Probability: Medium (Committed to Minnesota)

    -Despite his recent commitment to the University of Minnesota, I still feel he could end up Irish if the offer is extended. Given the size of the class we are taking, we will let Hood and Michel make their decisions before we decide on Jones.

    RB Nick Wilson – #113 overall/#11 RB – 5’11”/196 lbs. – Fresno, CA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    RB Mikale Wilbon – #152 overall/#12 RB – Chicago, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    RB Jonathan Hilliman – #33 RB – 6’1”/210 lbs. – Jersey City, NJ – No Offer – Probability: Low/Medium

    APB Justin Jackson – #170 overall/#3 APB – 5’11”/180 lbs. – Carol Stream, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Speedy Noil – #17 overall/#1 WR – 5’10”/175 lbs. – New Orleans, LA – Offered – Probability: Low

    WR Mark Andrews – #63 overall/#8 WR – 6’6”/225 lbs. – Scottsdale, AZ – Offered – Probability: Low

    WR Michiah Quick – #75 overall/#9 WR – 6’/170 lbs. – Fresno, CA – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -I don’t what it is, but a Fresno WR with offers from Notre Dame AND Houston scares me. All laughs aside, very good WR.

    WR Drake Harris – #36 overall/#3 WR – 6’4”/180 lbs. – Grand Rapids, MI – Offered – Probability: Low

    -Harris is a very intriguing prospect. Great athlete. Also a stand out basketball prospect. I would love to land him as another target for our QB’s.

    WR Artavis Scott – #114 overall/#14 WR – 5’10”/175 lbs. – Tarpon Springs, FL – Offered – Probability: Low/Medium

    WR Derek Kief – #130 overall/#20 WR – 6’5”/185 lbs. – Cincinnati, OH – Offered – Probability: Low

    WR Trey Quinn – #118 overall/#15 WR – 6’1”/192 lbs. – Lake Charles, LA – Offered – Probability: Low

    WR Terry Googer – #32 WR – 6’4”/211 lbs. – Atlanta, GA – Offered – Probability: Low/Medium

    -You can’t teach size. This is one kid I would like to see attached to Notre Dame more on the recruiting trail.

    WR Dominique Booth – #223 overall/#25 WR – 6’1”/195 lbs. – Indianapolis, IN – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Corey Holmes – #38 WR – 6’1”/175 lbs. – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Offered – Probability: Medium

    WR Justin Brent – #50 WR – 6’3”/190 lbs. – Indianapolis, IN – Offered – Probability: COMMITTED

    -One of the four Irish commits and a player I think will shock some people. Big WR, physical for thin frame, and catches the ball well. We have been looking for that ‘big’ target on the outside to replace MF3, he could be it in 2014.

    WR Austin Roberts – #49 WR – 6’2”/210 lbs. – Carmel, IN – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Dallas Todd – #90 overall/#11 WR – 6’5”/205 lbs. – La Mirada, CA – Offered – Probability: Medium

    WR Lonnie Johnson – #52 WR – 6’3”/190 lbs. – Gary, IN – No Offer – Probability: Low/Medium

    -An Indiana kid, but the small class ND looks to take may be too tight to fit him in.

    TE Tyler Luatua – #24 overall/#1 TE – 6’4”/230 lbs. – La Mirada, CA – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -Given the recent history of great TE’s at Notre Dame, I am hopefully we have a good shot at getting this kid out of CA. He is far and away the best TE in the class and one that I think could be special.

    TE Jeb Blazevich – #198 overall/#5 TE – 6’4.5”/230 lbs. – Charlotte, NC – Offered – Probability: Medium

    TE Nic Weishar – #231 overall/#6 TE – 6’5”/215 lbs. – Chicago, IL – Offered – Probability: Medium/High

    -A prospect I have always liked. He has outgrown the WR position perhaps, but could be used as a split out TE all the same. Great size and hands. It will be interesting to see how the staff handles the TE’s they are recruiting with all having some interest in ND and the Irish looking to take a smaller class in 2014.

    TE Daniel Helm – NR – 6’5”/220 lbs. – Chatham, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    TE Devin Pike – NR – 6’5”/225 lbs. – Cincinnati, OH – No Offer – Probability: Low

    TE Ethan Wolf – NR – 6’6”/221 lbs. – Minster, OH – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OT KC McDermott – #23 overall/#3 OT – 6’6”/285 lbs. – West Palm Beach, FL – Offered – Probability: Medium

    OT Jamarco Jones – #47 overall/#4 OT – 6’6”/290 lbs. – Chicago, IL – Offered – Probability: Medium

    OT Roderick Johnson – #86 overall/#9 OT – 6’7”/310 lbs – Florissant, MO – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OT Casey Tucker – #133 overall/#13 OT – 6’6”/270 lbs. – Chandler, AZ – Offered – Probability: Low/Medium (Committed to USC)

    -Despite his commitment to USC, I think it could be considered very soft at this point. Since USC’s recruiter of AZ was fired they have not spoken with him. He goes to the same HS as Cole Luke. He is interested in visiting ND. I think his recruitment is a long way from being over.

    OT Alex Bars – #201 overall/#20 OT – 6’6”/286 lbs. – Nashville, TN – Offered – Probability: Low

    OT Jovan Pruitt – #35 OT – 6’6”/290 lbs. – Dallas, TX – Offered – Probability: Low

    - I can’t say I understand this. Offer the #35 OT who has little to no interest in ND when we have the #15 OT in Reilly Gibbons drooling at the mouth for an Irish offer.

    OT Ka’John Armstrong – NR– 6’5”/270 lbs. – Detroit, MI – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OG Braden Smith – #19 overall/#1 OG – 6’6”/282 lbs. – Olathe, KS – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -Whether he’s a guard or a tackle, he’s a dominate run blocker and developing in the pass pro. He’s well built and has plenty more room to add weight. He could be an immediate contributor and is one of my favorite OL prospects of the year. Along with Peppers, Michel, and McDowell, he’s one of the must-haves in my 2014 Irish class.

    OG Isaiah Wynn – #181 overall/#8 OG – 6’3”/265 lbs. – St. Petersburg, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OG/DT Sam Mustipher – #199 overall/#11 OG – 6’4”/285 lbs. – Olney, MD – Offered – Probability: Medium/High

    OG Steven Moss – #14 OG – 6’5”/275 lbs. – Fredericksburg, VA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OG Jimmy Byrne – #22 OG – 6’4”/275 lbs. – Cleveland, OH – Offered – Probability: COMMITTED

    -Jimmy is a prospect I love. He is an underrated prospect in my opinion and one that I believe will see a significant rise in his rankings before NSD 2014. Not only that, but a RKG and from a school that we could use a pipeline to.

    DE Da’Shawn Hand – #1 overall/#1 DE – 6’5”/247 lbs. – Woodbridge, VA – Offered – Probability: Low

    DE Lorenzo Carter – #3 overall/#2 DE – 6’6”/232 lbs. – Norcross, GA – Offered – Probability: Low

    DE Malik McDowell – #25 overall/#4 DE – 6’7”/290 lbs. – Detroit, MI – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -We are all enamored with the size of Stephon Tuitt and McDowell is bigger already. He is far and away the best option for our 3-4 and has to be a priority. Put him in Longo’s system and he will be a dominant DE for us immediately.

    DE Nifae Lealao – #36 overall/#4 SDE – 6’5”/282 lbs. – Sacramento, CA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -We need to get involved before he commits to Stanford. He is a big talent. Perfect for our defense. With an offer to Stanford we know that grades aren’t an issue. I suspect the offer is coming soon.

    DE/OLB Jalyn Holmes – #40 overall/#8 DE – 6’5”/225 lbs. – Norfolk, VA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    DE Gerald Willis – #71 overall/#5 SDE – 6’2”/246 lbs. – New Orleans, LA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    DE Andrew Trumbetti – #101 overall/#13 DE – 6’5”/250 lbs. – Demarest, NJ – Offered – Probability: COMMITTED

    DE Jesse Aniebonam – #110 overall/#14 DE – 6’4”/230 lbs. – Olney, MD – No Offer – Probability: Medium

    -Evidently could be part of a package deal with Sam Mustipher. If that's the case, the Irish are going very good. He's a big prospect and could fit the DE/OLB position.

    DE Deondre Clark – #173 overall/#21 DE – 6’3”/230 lbs – Oklahoma City, OK – Offered – Probability: Medium

    DE Andrew Williams – #191 overall/#26 DE – 6’4”/231 lbs. – Mcdonough, GA – Offered – Probability: High

    DE/OG Kendall Baker – NR – 6’6”/275 lbs. – Atlanta, GA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -Listed at OG, but ranked as DE and I think that’s what we would recruit him as. A big kid already we could play DE in the 3-4 or slide inside during the 4-3 look.

    DE/OLB Gelen Robinson – #20 SDE – 6’2”/232 lbs. – St. John, IN – No Offer – Probability: Low

    DT Khairi Clark – #46 overall/#4 DT – 6’3”/285 lbs. – Hollywood, FL – Offered – Probability: Medium

    DT Jay Hayes – #125 overall/# 9 DT – 6’5”/270 lbs. – Brooklyn, NY – Offered – Probability: COMMITTED

    DT Enoch Smith Jr. – #19 DT – 6’3”/270 lbs. – Chicago, IL – Offered – Probability: Medium/High

    DT Daniel Cage – #31 DT – 6’3”/275 lbs. –Cincinnati, OH – No Offer – Probability: Low

    DT Thomas Holley – NR – 6’4”/285 lbs. – Brooklyn, NY – Offered – Probability: Low

    DT/OG Natrell Curtis – #18 OG – 6’3”/285 lbs. – Phoenix, AZ – Offered – Probability: Low

    -While his ranking is at OG, we are recruiting him as a NT. Just like many of our other recruits, the positional flexibility provides additional value.

    -From the same HS as Ishaq Williams. Very raw talent. Worth keeping an eye on.

    ILB Raekwon McMillan – #13 overall/#2 ILB – 6’3”/236 lbs. – Hinesville, GA – Offered – Probability: Low

    ILB Nyles Morgan – #63 overall/#4 ILB – 6’2”/228 lbs. – Crete, IL – Offered – Probability: Medium/High

    ILB Davonte James – #14 ILB – 6’3”/220 lbs. – Springfield, OH – No Offer – Probability: Low

    ILB Greg Miclisse – NR – 6’1”/235 lbs. – Palm Bay, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low/High

    OLB Dwight Williams – #118 overall/#5 OLB – 6’/190 lbs. – Gardena, CA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -He’s a phenomenal athlete, but that size is a major concern. It may win out, but it will be interesting to see how his recruitment goes because of it. Is he a safety? Is he capable of adding 50 lbs.? We shall see.

    OLB Chris Register – #150 overall/#11 OLB – 6’4”/210 lbs. – Greensboro, NC – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OLB Dillon Bates – #214 overall/#15 OLB – 6’3”/218 lbs. – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Offered – Probability: Medium

    OLB Greer Martini – #219 overall/#16 OLB – 6’3”/210 lbs. – Woodberry Forrest, VA – Offered – Probability: COMMITTED

    -The HS teammate of 2013 commit Doug Randolph was our first commitment of 2014 and looks to be another very good prospect. While I do think he needs to add 20-30 lbs., he shows instincts and good agility and quickness on tape. He’s another one that should rise in the rankings.

    OLB Brandon Lee – #21 OLB – 6’3”/215 lbs. – Indianapolis, IN – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OLB Melvin Keihn – #21 DE – 6’3”/225 lbs. – Baltimore, MD – No Offer – Probability: Medium

    OLB Vincent Jackson – #31 OLB – 6’2”/235 lbs. – Tampa, FL – Offered – Probability: Low

    -I can’t believe I forgot my dude from Tampa. I think he’s insanely underrated although he does lack the foot speed of an elite OLB (See: Jaylon Smith). However, I don’t think he’s necessarily a Calabrese (downhill banger almost exclusively) either. Perhaps Dan Fox-type athleticism.

    CB Jalen Tabor – #22 overall/#3 CB – 6’1”/182 lbs. – Washington, DC – Offered – Probability: Medium

    CB Adoree’ Jackson – #34 overall/#4 CB – 5’10”/170 lbs. – Gardena, CA – Offered – Probability: Low

    CB Parrker Westphal – #171 overall/#14 CB – 6’/186 lbs. – Bolingbrook, IL – Offered – Probability: Low

    CB Troy Vincent Jr. – #26 CB – 5’10”/192 lbs. – Rockville, MD – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -Another player with a very good player father. I firmly believe that a kid with a famous dad knows the ropes and will be that much better for it. Another to watch.

    CB Al Harris Jr. – NR – 6’/170 lbs. – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -Not rated yet, but he’s a 6’ CB with some excellent lineage. He’s one to watch in the secondary.

    CB Nicholas Ruffin – NR – 6’/165 lbs. – Atlanta, GA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    S John ‘JuJu’ Smith – #16 Overall/#3 S – 6’1”/200 lbs. – Long Beach, CA – Offered – Probability: Medium

    S Jamal Adams – #84 overall/#8 S – 6’/185 lbs. – Carrollton, TX – Offered – Probability: Low

    S Deion Singleton – #27 S – 6’1.5”/165 lbs. – Tallahassee, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    K Connor Foley – NR – 6’1”/195 lbs. – Philadelphia, PA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    K Steven Weyler – NR – 5’11”/170 lbs – Springfield, PA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    Side Note: I tried to add South Bend's very own short-yardage everything player IrishBob, but unfortunately I couldn't find his page to link. I will provide his statistics for those interested.

    SYE IrishBob - NR - taller than 6'/bigger than 250 lbs. - South Bend, IN - No Offer - Probability: Very Low/Guaranteed

    -While IB isn't the most amazing prospect I have ever seen, he shows a lot of heart and determination. There are questions about his quickness, speed, agility, acceleration, strength, etc., but he can drink! Once you look past all the physical limitations you find a prospect that is Irish as they come and belongs on this team. I say throw him an offer. If nothing else, the team will be kept loose and laughing. There is value to that. Ask the B&G Rockne's Roundtable. He's a valuable asset for any team.

    ATH- Jabrill Peppers/Nathan Starks/Budda Baker/Jamil Kamara/Elijah Hood/Dareian Watkins/Kiy Hester/Montae Nicholson/Joe Mixon/Tommy Mister
    QB- Caleb Henderson/Drew Barker/DJ Gillins/Brandon Dawkins/DeShone Kizer/Randall Cunningham II/Morgan Mahalak/Shelby Spence/Mason Rudolph
    RB- Leonard Fournette/Sony Michel/Jeff Jones/Nick Wilson/Mikale Wilbon/Johnathan Hilliman/Chris James/Mikel Horton/Ish Witter
    APB- Justin Jackson/Christian McCaffrey
    WR- Speedy Noil/Malachi Dupre/Mark Andrews/Michiah Quick/Dallis Todd/Drake Harris/Josh Malone/Artavis Scott/Derek Kief/Trey Quinn/Jalen Harvey/Terry Googer/Johnnie Dixon/Dominique Booth/Trevon Lee/Corey Holmes/Justin Brent/Austin Roberts/Lonnie Johnson/Saeed Blacknall/Adonis Jennings/Dorian Leonard/Dionte Sykes
    WR/TE- Ian Bunting/Moral Stephens
    TE- Tyler Luatua/Jeb Blazevich/Nick Weishar/Daniel Helm/Devin Pike/Ethan Wolf/Dalton Schultz
    OT- Jamarco Jones/Roderick Johnson/Alex Bars/Ka'John Armstrong/Jovan Pruitt
    OG/OC- Braden Smith/Mason Cole/Isaiah Wynn/Sam Mustipher/Steven Moss/Corey Martinez/Jimmy Byrne/Brian Allen/Nick Allegretti
    DE- Da’Shawn Hand/Lorenzo Carter/Malik McDowell/Nifae Lealao/Jalyn Holmes/Gerald Willis/Andrew Trumbetti/Jesse Aniebonam/Deondre Clark/Dewayne Hendrix/Andrew Williams/Kentavius Street/Kendall Baker
    DT- Khairi Clark/Josh Frazier/Jay Hayes/Craig Evans/Enoch Smith Jr./Thomas Holley/Adam Torres/Natrell Curtis
    OLB- Dwight Williams/Chris Register/Dillon Bates/Greer Martini/Brandon Lee/Melvin Keihn/Gelen Robinson/KeShun Freeman
    ILB- Raekwon McMillan/Nyles Morgan/Davonte James/Greg Miclisse
    CB- Jalen Tabor/Adoree Jackson/Parrker Westphal/Kyle Gibson/Troy Vincent Jr./Al Harris Jr./Nicholas Ruffin
    S- JuJu Smith/Jamal Adams/Deion Singleton/Quincy Wilson
    K- Connor Foley/Steve Weyler

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  • Great list, thanks for putting in the time/effort there.

    I am a little shocked that we are expecting a small class next year that supposedly will be more "elite" talent, yet we have allowed commitments of "good" prospects out the gate. Nothing "elite". How many of these "good" type players out there have committable offers? Do we know?

    Just a little surprised. I expected more when I heard we were done with "depth" and will attack elite talent players.

    I get these are just rankings and arent as important but I feel like they do mean something.

    Maybe you can shed some light on the upside of those who committed heading into their senior years?

    This post was edited by NDMizzoufan 15 months ago

  • Thanks for the work. It's gonna be a small class so it'll be interesting to see how they approach things.

    NDMizzou-- Hayes is a very good DT prospect, Byrne is immensely underrated at this point (Urban's first 2014 offer, IIRC), Brent is a fairly local kid and the staff should know his game well enough to know if they should accept an early commitment from him. I don't know a lot about Maritni but he's part of the recently started Woodberry, VA pipeline. I don't see any real headscratches so far in the early stages of the 2014 class. Edit: In regard to whether or not the rankings mean anything, I would say that they mean almost next to nothing at this point for the 2014 class. It is way, way too early to use them as an indicator of talent relative to other prospects in the class.

    This post was edited by dc irish 15 months ago

  • Think MicLissie should be Low/High as well. Huge Irish fan - if we offer he could commit immediately.

  • NDMizzouFan,

    Thank you for the kind words. While I can see where you are coming from, as DC said this early in the process the rankings mean very little. As we have seen from CBK already during his tenure at Notre Dame, he and his staff do a great job scouting and are usually ahead of the curve. If they took commitments, they don't see them as 'depth talent'.

    DT Jay Hayes is a top 5-10 DT in the country. Given that we will likely lose LNIII next year, it was imperative we get someone who can develop into that NT role. I believe Hayes fits the bill. I do also believe that while we are taking a smaller class, 15-18 kids, we will see 3-4 on the DL. He is a great start.

    OG Jimmy Byrne is a very underrated prospect IMO. While he's currently sitting around the 200 overall mark, I believe he ends up in the 100 range by the time it's all said and done. He, like most physically superior OL, he dominate in the run at this point with work to do in pass pro. That is likely why is he slotted as a guard at the collegiate level. That said, he is no slouche. Additionally, he also from St. Ignatius which would be a great school to get a pipeline to.

    WR Justin Brent is currently sitting at the #44 WR. While he won't end up in the top 10 or probably 20, he is a physically gifted WR and at 6'3" he gives us an outside threat that we haven't been able to land many of. As you see from the list, our most-likely-to-land targets in Snodgrass and Holmes far under more of the slot position.

    Just as many of you, I don't know much about Greer Martini. However, as you watch the film I attached (from his sophomore year), you can see there is a lot to like. He has fantastic awareness of playing in space and great ball skills for a linebacker. He shows what many ND LB's lack and that's ability to play against the pass. He also shows good instincts. He hits holes, sheds blockers, and makes plays. I can't tell you now if he is going to be elite, but I believe he is at least at the level of former teammate Doug Randolph if not higher.

    Greer Martini Woodberry Forest Highlight Film

    Greer Martini, Sophomore Linebacker, Woodberry Forest School, 2011 Highlight film

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=445h9IbcoDU
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  • Since the site won't let me add to the original list, I am going to start an "Original List: Part Two" is this spot. Sorry for the confusion!

    Without further delay, Part Two!

    QB Caleb Henderson – #32 overall/#2 PRO – 6’3”/220 lbs. – Alexandria, VA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -Despite his high ranking, he seems to be an ‘under the radar’ type player with his best offers coming from Michigan St., Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Maryland. A kid I would really like to see the Irish offer.

    QB Drew Barker – #94 overall/#6 PRO – 6’4”/210 lbs. – Hebron, KY – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -I would be surprised to see him leave Kentucky. His talent is undeniable though.

    QB Shelby Spence – NR – 6’1”/195 lbs. – Chicago, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low/Medium

    -Despite the fact I am not a huge fan of shorter QB’s, he is much like Golson and Zaire.
    QB Mason Rudolph – NR – 6’4”/210 lbs. – Rock Hill, SC – No Offer – Probability: Low

    RB Chris James – #37 RB – 5’11”/200 – Niles, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    RB Mikel Horton – NR – 6’1”/225 lbs. – Middletown, OH – No Offer – Probability: Low

    RB Ish Witter – NR – 5’8”/190 lbs. – Tampa, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    - I doubt he ever is even in the picture for the Irish, but I added him because he is a kid I coached at Alonso HS and he was running by people as a freshman and not just nobodies, but quality players who are now playing division one. He was one of those kids you look at and know he is going to be a good one.

    APB Christian McCaffrey – #7 APB – 6’/195 lbs. – Littleton, CO – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -As the son of former Bronco great Ed McCaffrey, you know this kid is truly an APB. He can run, he can catch, he is versatile. I would love to see him get an offer from the Irish.

    WR Malachi Dupre – #54 overall/#5 WR – 6’2”/190 lbs. – New Orleans, LA – Offered – Probability: Low

    -A product of perennial powerhouse John Curtis HS that I really, really, really like. While kids from the South, especially Louisiana, are tough pulls, I am going to leave him on the list until he signs because I like him that much. He may just be my Gunner Kiel of the 2014 class.

    WR Josh Malone – #93 overall/#12 WR – 6’2”/185 lbs. – Gallatin, TN – Offered – Probability: Medium

    WR Jalen Harvey – #85 overall/#9 WR – 6’1”/175 lbs. – El Cerrito, CA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Johnnie Dixon – #121 overall/#17 WR – 5’10”/187 lbs. – Palm Beach Garden, FL – Offered – Probability: Low

    WR Trevon Lee – #41 WR – 6’1”/175 lbs. – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Saeed Blacknall – #212 overall/#24 WR – 6’2”/190 lbs. – Englishtown, NJ – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Adonis Jennings – #30 WR – 6’3”/185 lbs. – Haddonfield, NJ – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Dorian Leonard – #43 WR – 6’4”/200 lbs. – Longview, TX – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR Dionte Sykes – #45 WR – 6’4”/200 lbs. – Gilbert, AZ – No Offer – Probability: Low

    WR/TE Ian Bunting – #61 WR – 6’6”/210 lbs. – Hinsdale, IL – Offered – Probability: Medium

    WR/TE Moral Stephens – #8 TE – 6’4”/200 lbs. – Perry, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    TE Dalton Schultz – #16 TE – 6’5”/215 lbs. – South Jordan, UT – Offered – Probability: Medium

    OG Corey Martinez – #16 OG – 6’3”/295 lbs. – Tampa, FL – Offered – Probability: Low

    OC Brian Allen – #2 OC – 6’2”/273 lbs. – Hinsdale, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low/Medium

    OC Nick Allegretti – NR – 6’4”/280 lbs. – Frankfort, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    DE Dewayne Hendrix – #180 overall /#14 SDE – 6’5”/251 lbs. – O’Fallon, IL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -A Midwest kid. A big DE who will grow into the 3-4 DE position very quickly. I’m surprised he isn’t drawing more interest from us given his measurables.

    DE Kentavius Street – #17 SDE – 6’4”/255 lbs. – Greenville, NC – Offered – Probability: Low

    DT Josh Frazier – #48 overall/#5 DT – 6’3”/324 lbs. – Springdale, AR – Offered – Probability: Low

    -Top player in Arkansas. He’s tailor-made to play the 3-4 NT. A tough pull from the South, but worth the pursuit.

    DT Craig Evans – #140 overall/#10 DT – 6’3”/305 lbs. – Sun Prairie, WI – No Offer – Probability: Low

    -Looks like Louis Nix III. Built like Louis Nix III. If he can play like him, he needs to be Irish.

    DT Adam Torres – #29 DT – 6’5”/270 lbs. – Lake Mary, FL – No Offer – Probability: Low

    OLB KeShun Freeman – NR – 6’2”/215 lbs. – Hogansville, GA – No Offer – Probability: Low

    CB Kyle Gibson – #228 overall/#17 CB – 6’1”/175 lbs. – Seffner, FL – Offered – Probability: Medium/High

    -While not highly rated (yet), he goes to Armwood HS. All they do is put high-level talent in division one football. He’s one to watch as well.

    S Quincy Wilson – #45 S – 6’2”/195 lbs. – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Offered – Probability: Low

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  • Is the Wilbon kid the son of the ESPN broadcaster? I get the feeling if he is, his father would not want him in South Bend.

  • Rgunner, dude, they need to take your downvotes away.

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  • Think we can add a few notable omissions we have a real shot at.
    Budda Baker ath # 56
    Michiah Quick wr # 75
    Drake Harris wr # 78
    Craig Evans dt #141
    Andrew Trumbetti de #101
    Jesse Aniebonam de/lb #110
    Deondre Clark de #175
    Todd Kelly s # 77

  • Thank you. Drake Harris would've been included but he's committed. I will work on majority of the rest. Can't believe I forgot trumbetti and quick.

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  • Does anyone know the relationship between Mustipher and Aniebonam?

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  • Best friends and thinking about being a package deal as per Aniebonam in an interview. Both think very highly of ND

  • True, but a very, very soft verbal right now. He is definetly looking

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  • Harris doesn't end up at MSU. Think it would be alright to list kids committed. As we have seen ND will continue to recruit them. Plus the new rules will continue the trend of earlier commits and many many more decommits. Wilbon is UM's to lose.

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  • This is great, thanks for putting this together. Just curious -how many of our 2013 committed/still in play recruits made your 2013 list?

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  • Thank you. I made a 2013 list initially, but due to a lack of interest I let it fade away. However, I usually make the lists pretty large and I have a lot of help from some very smart guys so I rarely see myself getting caught blindsided like I did with Jamel James.

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  • All Added to Main List:

    ATH Budda Baker – #56 overall/#6 ATH – 5’10”/170 lbs. – Bellevue, WA – Offered – Probability: Low

    WR Michiah Quick – #75 overall/#8 WR – 6’/170 lbs. – Fresno, CA – Offered – Probability: Medium

    -I don’t what it is, but a Fresno WR’s and offers from Notre Dame AND Houston scares me. All laughs aside, very good WR.

    WR Drake Harris – #78 overall/#10 WR – 6’4”/180 lbs. – Grand Rapids, MI – Offered – Probability:Medium (although is currently committed to Michigan State)

    -Harris is a very intriguing prospect. Great athlete. Also a stand out basketball prospect. I would love to land him as another target for our QB’s.

    DE Andrew Trumbetti – #101 overall/#13 DE – 6’5”/250 lbs. – Demarest, NJ – Offered – Probability: High

    DE Jesse Aniebonam – #110 overall/#14 DE – 6’4”/230 lbs. – Olney, MD – No Offer – Probability: Medium

    -Evidently could be part of a package deal with Sam Mustipher. If that's the case, the Irish are going very good. He's a big prospect and could fit the DE/OLB position.

    DE Deondre Clark – #173 overall/#21 DE – 6’3”/230 lbs – Oklahoma City, OK – Offered – Probability: Medium

    S Todd Kelly – #77 overall/#7 S – 6’1”/190 lbs. – Knoxville, TN – No Offer – Probability: Low

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  • This IBob recruit sounds really amazing!!!!

    Gonna have to add CAKE to the training table...

    Go Irish!

  • It's part of the daily meals there now. It's something he told coaches on his recruiting trip. It went something like this:

    CBK: Well IB, that's Notre Dame. What do you think?
    IB: It's all really nice coach, but where's the cake?
    CBK: What do you mean? You're a big-time athlete. Cake isn't in the dietary plan.
    IB: Coach, with all due respect, I didn't become the specimen I am without cake.
    CBK: Well IB, I am sure we could work something out.
    IB: If you can get me cake everyday, I would consider this to be the favorite for my commitment.
    CBK: If it's cake you want, it's cake you'll get.
    IB: Pending a taste test, I would like to offer my commitment to Notre Dame.
    CBK: Outstanding. Welcome to the Irish IB.
    IB: *with mouth full of cake* I'm happy to be a part of it.

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  • Andy Bauer seems to have targeted in on SEC schools, looks like Alabama/LSU battle at this time. What does everyone think of Joe Mixon's JR footage and who does he remind you of? http://youtu.be/lQS5-Kk64bQ

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