Chase Hounshell from Lake Catholic High School (Mentor, Ohio) is the No. 95 ranked defensive end in the country, but he has an offer list of a prospect that should be rated much higher. Hounshell (6-foot-5, 250-pounds) had been committed to Florida since August. Notre Dame had been trying very hard to get back in, but had little luck until December. Urban Meyer stepped down as Florida's head coach, and that week Hounshell took an official visit to Notre Dame. Hounshell has raved about the time he spent in South Bend and now has the Irish even with the Gators. Chase would like to take one more look at each school. He'll visit Notre Dame on January 22, and Florida the following weekend. Although he hasn't de-committed from Florida, I expect that to happen… Buy
Aaron Lynch from(Island Coast High School (Cape Coral, Fla.) is the No. 8 ranked defensive end in the country. Lynch (6-foot-5, 265-pounds) looked to be ready to head to Florida State, but late in the game appears to have left the door open to the Irish. While in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American game, Lynch reopened his recruitment and has decided to take an official visit to Notre Dame next weekend. He was expected to begin classes at Florida State on Wednesday. If he doesn't make it to Tallahassee this week he cannot enroll early. He can however still enroll early at Notre Dame. There is still a lot of work to be done, but this is trending in the right direction. Buy
Nick Martin from Bishop Chatard High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) is the No. 38 ranked offensive tackle in the country. Martin (6-foot-5, 260-pounds) is the younger brother of Zach Martin, Notre Dame's starting left offensive tackle, but he is currently committed to Kentucky. Many expected a late offer from the Irish would have enticed Nick to make a switch, but it doesn't appear to be that easy. There is still time for him to reconsider, but there doesn't seem to be much movement. Sell
Troy Niklas from Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.) is the No. 10 ranked offensive tackle in the country. Niklas (6-foot-5, 265-pounds) has his list of schools narrowed down to Notre Dame, USC and Stanford. He will visit Stanford on January 14, USC on January 21 and Notre Dame on January 21. USC came on late with a late offer. Troy has family connections to USC, and despite Jim Harbaugh leaving the Cardinal program, this may come down to a Notre Dame-Stanford battle and it will come down to the official visits. Hold
Antonio Richardson from Ensworth High School (Nashville, Tenn.) is as the No. 19 ranked offensive tackle in the country. Richardson (6-foot-6, 285-pounds) had said all the right things throughout the recruiting process and many Notre Dame fans held out hope that he'd take an official visit, but don't expect that to happen. Richardson has set up official visits for LSU and Miami the next two weekends and has named Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn and USC as the other schools under consideration. Sell
Brennan Scarlett from (Central Catholic High School (Portland, Ore.) is the No. 19 ranked defensive end in the country. Scarlett (6-foot-4, 245-pounds) has been very quiet about his recruitment, so it's tough to get a feel where this talented athlete will end up. Scarlett has taken official visits to Notre Dame, USC, Stanford, Cal and UCLA. He has set up a decision date of January 15. Stanford and Cal seem to be Notre Dame's biggest competition.Hold
Stephon Tuitt from Monroe High School (Ga.) is the No. 12 ranked defensive end in the country. Despite being committed to Notre Dame, Tuitt (6-foot-5, 252-pounds) finds himself on this list because he has taken a visit to Auburn and has said that he intends on taking a visit to Georgia Tech at some point in January. Tuitt had a big week down at the U.S. Army game and sounded like he was firm with his commitment to Notre Dame. Buy
Ishaq Williams from Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is the No. 7 ranked defensive end in the country. Williams (6-foot-5, 225-pounds) has taken his official visits to Notre Dame, Penn State, and Syracuse. Ishaq was supposed to have announced his decision at the U.S. Army All-American game this weekend, but at the last minute he pushed back his decision. Williams is considering taking a trip to Miami next weekend, as the Hurricanes are making a late push. Williams would like to enroll early, so a decision will need to be made. I thought the Irish were in good shape heading into the week, I'm not sure that has changed all that much.Buy
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