Irish Recruiting: Quick Hits

A few quick hits from the Notre Dame recruiting front as the Irish draw closer to the Blue Gold Game.

Notre Dame coaches are busy working the current roster of players during spring drills.  However, things never slow in the world of college football recruiting and here are a few quick hits on the recruiting front.

Waiting On Kiel & Mauk

While many felt confident Gunner Kiel or Maty Mauk would be quick hits in the Class of 2012, both players remain on the board and have made other visits. 

Kiel has made his campus visit and now the Irish are looking for Mauk to make his trek to South Bend in the next couple of weeks.

While both players have made other visits, neither has pulled the plug by issuing a verbal pledge.

Mauk is headed to Michigan this weekend and the Wolverines have become a new and interesting team in the race.  New Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is expected to run more of a pro-style attack than spread and require quarterbacks to take snaps from center.  Mauk, who has played in the spread all of his career, would have to change what makes him special if he would pick Michigan.

At this time, this looks like a race between spread teams in Missouri and Notre Dame.  Tiger quarterbacks have seen some success over the past few years.  However, Mauk and his family fully understand the offense Brian Kelly runs from the time Maty's brother played for Kelly at Cincinnati.

While there are other signal callers with offers, at this time it looks to be a two-prospect race between two of the top quarterbacks in the Midwest.

Diamond in Irish Future & More

Look for Jordan Diamond (Chicago, IL) to be on campus this weekend to take in practice on Saturday.  This will be the offensive tackles first visit to Notre Dame, and could push the Irish to the top of his impressive offer list.

Right now Diamond has the Irish along with Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa at the top of his list with many feeling Michigan may have an advantage with his good friend and former Simeon teammate Chris Bryant having signed with the Wolverines in February.

Also, look for a few other top offensive line targets to hit campus before the end of spring practice to get a firsthand look.

Irish Encouraging Bam to Visit

While he does not hold an offer, Bam Bradley of Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School has been told he would be given an offer upon him visiting campus, according to Rams head coach Maurice Douglass.

Douglass told Irish Eyes on Thursday the Irish coaches have told him Bradley just needs to visit South Bend for his offer and they are looking to make a trip to South Bend soon.  (Irish Eyes will have a interview with Bradley posted soon on his interest in Notre Dame)

Package Deal

During a visit Wednesday at Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft High School, Irish Eyes heard several times from Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford about their interest in going to the same college.  While package deals often do not work out, the bond between the two seems stronger than most as they have teamed in football and basketball for many years.

Right now Stanford is reported to have an offer from the Irish, however, Irish Eyes does not feel that is yet the case.  Washington told us on Wednesday he feels he does have an offer from Notre Dame now.

At this time, it looks like the team to beat is Ohio State.  Nevertheless, in previous conversations with Washington's father, he always speaks about education as being the top priority in a college decision.

Odenigbo Family Will Be Surprised

Spent a great amount of time with Ifeadi Odenigbo on Wednesday night and am so impressed with this young man. (More coming)

While Odenigbo is picking up scholarship offers left and right, his father cannot believe colleges give football players scholarships to attend college. Ifeadi told Irish Eyes that his mother attended several of his games last season; however, his father really has not seen him as much because of work.  Ifeadi also said he and his parents have never attended a college football game and he looks forward to seeing a stadium full of fans with his parents this fall.

How surprised will the Odenigbo family be when they walk into Notre Dame Stadium on game day?


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