Recruiting Reset: Defensive Tackles

As the camp season approaches and prospects begin hitting the road for visits, IrishEyes.com takes a look at where Notre Dame stands in recruiting the 2013 class. This edition focuses on defensive tackles.

The camp season is about to hit, and Notre Dame will have plenty of visitors to campus in June and July.

So, where do things stand?

While recruiting on the offensive side is humming along, the defensive side is a bit different. Nine of Notre Dame's 12 committed players in the 2013 class are on the offensive side of the ball, and none are at linebacker.

In looking at the 2013 class, IrishEyes.com begins its defensive look at the defensive tackles, which is an area of need in this class for the Irish. Notre Dame offered seven defensive tackles in Scout.com's 2013 class, and all but Ohio State commit and Fitch High (Youngstown, Ohio) standout Billy Price are still on the board.

With that, IrishEyes.com takes a look at the offered and uncommitted targets on Notre Dame's board:

Eddie Vanderdoes, 6-4 285, Placer High, Auburn, Calif:
The Irish like recruiting California, but will have plenty of work to do for the five-star Vanderdoes. He really likes Oregon, and is talking about official visits to Penn State, Oregon and Oklahoma. USC and UCLA also present stiff competition.

Jaynard Bostwick, 6-4, 270, St. Lucie West Centennial High, Port St. Lucie, Fla.:
For a while Bostwick has liked Miami, and after an initial push, Notre Dame had dropped out of the picture during the spring evaluation period as Bostwick said he stopped hearing from the Irish.
It is a long shot, but if the Irish pushed, it could get a visit from Bostwick.

Darius Latham, 6-5, 285, North Central High, Indianapolis:
Latham told IrishEyes.com this week he liked Notre Dame, but he wasn't sure if the Irish were still recruiting him because a month had passed since he was in contact with them. He is being recruited to play defensive tackle, and the Irish could be a player if they got back involved.

Donovan Munger, 6-3, 290, Shaker Heights (Ohio) High:
The big defensive tackle visited Notre Dame and said it was an "amazing" experience, but he also likes plenty of other schools. Munger could keep the Irish in it until the end, but it will be a hard fight with a few other schools.

Scott Pagano, 6-4, 275, Moanalua High, Honolulu:
The Irish ventured to the islands, but they are not alone. Pagano has close to 50 offers, and something will have to change in a major way for the Irish to land him. Pagano has said he will officially visit Nebraska, Baylor, Clemson and LSU, which he named his favorite, and he is looking at his fifth visit being to a Big 12 or an SEC school

Wyatt Teller, 6-5, 255, Libery High, Bealeton, Va.:
Notre Dame is pushing hard for Teller, but right now he is favorite Virginia and Virginia Tech, with the Irish needing to make a move to become a major player.


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