Analyzing 2013: Quarterback Targets

Recruiting for the class of 2013 is in full swing, and Notre Dame smack in the middle of identifying and offering prospects. Trying to make sense of it all can be confusing, so IrishEyes.com is kicking off a new series in which it will provide a unit-by-unit breakdown of Notre Dame's top offered targets. It starts with a look at the quarterbacks.

‘Tis the season for offers to be flying out left and right, and the picture is muddied by the fact written offers cannot be received until the start of a prospects senior year.

The spring evaluation period remains a month away, but classes are already being formed and targets are already in Notre Dame's crosshairs.

To help make sense of the new recruiting class, and to give an indication of where prospects stand in their recruitment, IrishEyes.com begins a series of position-by-position breakdowns of players Notre Dame has offered.

(Please note more offers are likely to go out.)

The most vital part of a football team is the quarterback, but landing a highly-rated one could be tough given the Irish landed the nation's No. 1 in 2012 in Gunner Kiel. Still, it is a huge part of a class, and is where the series begins:

Matthew Alviti, 6-1, 170, Maine South High, Park Ridge, Ill.
Skinny: Alviti recently added Michigan State to the mix of Notre Dame and Northwestern. He was originally hoping to make a decision by the end of the month, but he is now saying it could be in the spring before a decision is made.
He said he is not afraid of competition, but is aware the Irish signed the top signal caller in the 2012 class.

Tyrone Swoopes, 6-5, 220, Whitewright (Texas) High
Skinny: Swoopes looks like he has Big 12 written all over him, but the Irish will press hard for the coveted five-star since he is a true spread quarterback. He is saying he wants to take his official visits before making a decision, but that is often hard for a quarterback to do because of the pressure put on him to commit to a school and then help mold a class.
Then again, Keil did it, so it is not impossible to wait until the last moment to make a decision.

Riley Ferguson, 6-2, 190, Butler High, Matthews, N.C.
Skinny: The Irish are one of about a dozen schools to offer, but they have their work cut out. Ferguson's only unofficial visits are to North Carolina and Clemson, and he told Scout.com he is favoring playing in a pro-style offense to better prepare him for the NFL.
Getting Ferguson out of ACC/SEC country is a daunting task, and he plans on narrowing his list in the spring after making a series of unofficial visits.

Aaron Bailey, 6-2, 225, Bolingbrook (Ill.) High
Skinny: Bailey said Notre Dame offered, but his future could be tied to decisions made by other quarterbacks. He lists Northwestern, Ohio State, Boston College and Iowa as his top four, but said that can be altered as he makes visits and looks at other schools more closely.

Johnathon McCrary, 6-3, 180, Cedar Grove High, Ellenwood, Ga.
Skinny: McCrary holds offers from most of the big boys, including Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas, but at this point he is favoring the Crimson Tide. In fact, coach Nick Saban is the odds-on favorite to land McCrary …if Alabama decides he is the quarterback they want.
If Alabama turns another direction, it will be a fantastic scramble for McCrary, and the Irish will be involved.

Kohl Stewart, 6-1, 190, St. Pius X High, Houston
Skinny: Stewart committed to Texas A&M and the thinking is he will be tough to pry away from the Aggies. That said, Notre Dame is trying. Crazy things happen in recruiting, and finding a way to flip Steward would rank near the top.

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