Irish Recruiting Board: Offensive Tackles

The official visit season began last weekend and recruiting is intense again. Therefore, continues its "Irish Recruiting Board" series, which offers a look at the prospects, and's thoughts on where Notre Dame sits with each prospect. This edition focuses on the offensive tackles.

A program can never have too many good offensive linemen, and Notre Dame is looking to replenish its unit. Taylor Decker of Butler High (Vandalia, Ohio) jumped on board early with a March commitment, but the Irish are still in contention for a number of five- and four-star offensive tackles.

Jordan Prestwood's transfer from Florida State took a lot of pressure off the Irish when it comes to landing another big tackle in the 2012 class, but coach Brian Kelly and his staff will continue to recruit the position heavily.

Nick Martin, (possible 5th-year senior) Lane Clelland, Zack Martin, Christian Lombard and Tate Nichols make up the depth of the tackle position heading into 2012, which is why the Irish continue to recruit the position heavily.

With that in mind takes a look at the offensive tackle prospects holding offers on Notre Dame's board:

Arik Armstead, 6-8, 275, Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove, Calif.)
The skinny: Armstead is committed to USC but is looking around. He wants to play basketball as well as football and is also looking at Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Miami and Nevada. He is yet to set an official visit to Notre Dame, which must happen soon if the Irish are to have a chance. Armstead plans to enroll in January, so he needs to finalize his plans.
The current read: Don't count on this one.

Andrus Peat, 6-7, 305, Corona Del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
The skinny: He enjoyed his summer visit to campus and wants to bring his parents back, but it will likely have to wait until after the season. His lone official visit during the season is set for Nebraska, where his brother plays. He likes Notre Dame, but just how much is a big question.
The current read: This is a tough one, but an in-season visit to Nebraska is telling.

Kyle Murphy, 6-9, 270, San Clemente (Calif.) High
The skinny: He performed well during the summer and remains one of the top priorities as the Irish look to add the big tackle. He is talking about an Oct. 22 visit for the USC game, and is also getting recruited hard by a number of Pac-12 schools. Stanford is high on his list.
The current read: Getting Murphy away from Cardinal could prove difficult.

Zach Banner, 6-9, 295, Lakes High (Lakewood, Wash.)
The skinny: One of the top prospects is looking at a Notre Dame visit for the USC game, and actually was one of the first players to decide to book a trip for the much anticipated game next month. Banner has the Irish in his top 10, but he is looking all over the country at schools.
The current read: In the end, pulling him out of the Pacific Northwest will be a chore.

Ronnie Stanley, 6-6, 285, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
The skinny: Stanley is an interesting prospect because he wants to play in a pro-style offense, but he is set to visit Notre Dame for the USC game. He also has a visit set for Arkansas. He is also looking at USC, UCLA, Washington, Florida State, Miami, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Auburn and Vanderbilt.
The current read: This one is wide open, and a strong official visit gives the Irish a chance. Top Stories