Several expected for Spring Game

Saturday is the annual Blue Gold Game and like most college football programs across the country, Notre Dame will host several prospects and members of their incoming recruiting class. Irish Eyes looks at who is expected to be in attendance.

The key to the success of any college football program is recruiting. Spring practices and spring game are great times for college coaches to show potential prospects some of what they have to offer.

Notre Dame will have a solid mix of prospects for the Class of 2012, along with several members of the Irish incoming class from 2011.

Next Stop Notre Dame

Irish fans will have a chance to watch five early enrollees on the field Saturday in the Blue Gold Game. However, several more players will be watching their future teammates go through their final spring practice of the year.

Here are the members of the 2011 class expect to be on campus for Saturday's events.

Jalen Brown

DaVaris Daniels

Jarrett Grace

Conor Hanratty

Eilar Hardy

Chase Hounshell

Nick Martin

Tony Springmann

Stephon Tuitt

(Possible) Future Irish

With each visit Notre Dame gets closer to picking up another new pledge. Who from this weekend's visits could be the next player on the Irish recruiting board?

I Pledge to Notre Dame

Tee Shepard : The first member of the Irish Class of 2012 is making the trip from California and will be looking to get others on board in the class during his trip.

Taylor Decker : With the Irish working Ohio hard, look for Decker to be getting to know those from outside the state to help bring in new members of the class. Decker told Irish Eyes it is his goal to be very involved in helping the Class of 2012 to be one of the best in the country.

Offered and Holding

Se'Von Pittman : Listed as a defensive end by, the 4-star athlete projects as an outside linebacker in the Irish 3-4 scheme. Some have wondered where Pittman stands academically but according to his high school coach he looks to be in good shape.

Tommy Schutt : The Irish would love to close the deal with Schutt this weekend and keep the defensive tackle from taking any more visits. This is one that could get interesting.

Justin Ferguson : Another tall wide receiver prospect the Irish have offered. A good showing by the Irish receivers could show the Florida native how much of a factor he could play in Brian Kelly's offense.

Ronald Darby : The 4-star cornerback is a major prospect for the Irish and would be a major addition to the class. Darby has told several Notre Dame is at the top of his list along with Alabama, Auburn and USC. Can Irish coaches nudge enough to close Darby?

Amara Darboh : Another wide receiver holding an offer from the Irish. This trip should give Darboh a chance to really see what the Irish are all about and help them battle for the talented wide receiver against programs line Florida, Nebraska and Michigan State.

Bryce Treggs : Another West Coast prospect the Irish will look to build stronger ties with during the weekend. However, look for Treggs to continue looking at this time as plans have him also heading to Northwestern for a visit before flying home on Monday.

Nick Baratti : If there is one player that may be ready to shake the hand of Brian Kelly and give his pledge to the Irish it looks like Nick Baratti. The Texas native is expected to bring several family members to campus along with a high school coach. Most times when this happens players are close to making fans and coaches happy.

Outside Looking In

David Perkins : The local product is a player who needs to get things in order with his academics. However, the Irish are intrigued by his athletic ability and know if all things are in order he could be a player they look hard at making an offer to.

Kodi Whitfield : Would love to have the Irish get involved in his recruiting. Strong student and solid looking prospect who hopes this trip can start talks between him and the Irish coaching staff.

Chris Muller : Offensive tackle prospect from Boyertown (PA) Senior High School who could see the Irish showing more interest during his trip. With an ever growing offer list, Muller right now is on the outside looking in. However, he continues to have programs offer because of his physical size and athletic ability for a guy who stands 6-foot-6, 300-pounds.

John Turner : The Indianapolis native is high on the Irish and hoping to do the things needed to work his way into an offer. Has good size at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds but may need a strong camp showing before the Irish go any further.

Jon Moore : A 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver prospect from Apex, North Carolina and younger brother of Irish linebacker Kendall Moore. A possession type of receiver, Moore is hoping family ties can help him earn an offer from the Irish as he knows receivers are well treated in the Notre Dame offense.

Dalis Bruce : Another California native making the trip to South Bend looking to continue building a relationship with the Irish coaches. Waiting on his first offer, Bruce has several programs taking notice.

Scott Daly : The Irish went after a long snapper in the Class of 2011 and came up short. Daly is looking to add to his Northwestern offer and Notre Dame could be a school with interest. Many consider him to be the best long snapper in the country and a scholarship player. Top Stories