Top Quarterback Targets

<P>Now that we've looked at the numbers, let's look at the prospects the Irish will be recruiting this summer and fall. We will start with quarterback and work out way through each position. A number of top quarterback prospects appear to be interested in Notre Dame and quite a few of them plan to attend camp this summer. Who will be the first to get offered? </P>

The one prospect Irish fans are most familiar with is Brian Brohm. Brohm is from Trinity high school in Louisville, KY. The 6-4, 200-pound quarterback has already visited the Irish unofficially last year during his junior season. As a junior, Brohm completed 67 percent of his passes. He threw for 3,777 yards and 47 touchdowns while only throwing one interception on the year while leading his team to their second straight State Championship.

Notre Dame has been high on Brohm's list all along and he does plan to attend camp at Notre Dame this summer. Some wonder if he will follow his brother Jeff who is now the quarterback coach at Louisville. "Yeah, I would say that would be pretty attractive," Brohm told Irish Eyes. "To play for your brother and to learn from him and I could be helpful to him but I also think playing in a bigger conference or a big school is attractive. I want the chance to play for a national title some day."

Brohm was impressed with his first visit to Notre Dame. "We were up for the Pittsburgh game," said Brohm. "It was pretty nice, I really enjoy it. I liked the coaches there and I think they are going to build a pretty good offense there real soon."

The competition to sign Brohm will be interesting to watch. In the end I expect Notre Dame to be on his final list.

Another prospect planning to attend Notre Dame camp is Chase Patton. Patton had a solid junior season throwing for 2.680 yards and 23 touchdowns. His highlight film has impressed a number of coaches and experts and he will likely be considered one of the top 10 prospects in the country. The Columbia, MO native has six offers (Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas State, Iowa and Kansas) and also has a 3.7 core GPA and a 27 score on his ACT.

Patton also appears very interested in Notre Dame. "I'm definitely interested," said Patton of his interest in Notre Dame. "Coach Willingham has done a great job there. Their academics programs are fantastic. The program and their tradition are great. There is a lot to like about Notre Dame and there isn't much bad about it."

The scuttlebutt is that Patton likes the Irish quite a bit and if the Irish offer, they should be in the race until the end. The 6-5, 200-pound quarterback is said to have a very strong arm and polished mechanics.

Another player considered one of the top 10 quarterbacks is Anthony Morreli. Morreli has a very strong arm and should be an Elite 11 invitee this summer. He is listed as 6-4, 210-pounds with 4.7 speed. Morreli threw for 1,880 yards last year with 23 touchdowns and averaged 24 yards a completion. Morreli has had Notre Dame back in the pack on his favorites list but the Irish haven't offered him a scholarship yet.

Morreli has over 20 offers right now on the table and should have more on the way soon. It will be interesting to see if Notre Dame does offer Morreli and what his attitude towards Notre Dame becomes after an offer.

Rocky Hinds is another top prospect the Irish will likely target. Hinds is a quite the athlete at 6-4, 210 pounds and 4.47 speed. He also has been clocked at 10.47 in the 100 meters recently. Hinds threw for 1,642 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He also ran for 495 yards and 5 scores. Hinds could play other positions with his size and speed but wants to play quarterback in college. The Irish have been recruiting him but he hasn't received an offer yet. Hinds has said that he plans to camp at Notre Dame this summer as well. USC was his favorite team growing up and the Irish have been very high on his list all spring.

Another top quarterback Notre Dame will likely recruit is Chad Henne. The Wilson high school prospect in West Lawn, PA is listed at 6-3, 210 pounds with 4.65 speed. Henne threw for 2,200 yards last year and 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for another 600 and 5 scores. Henne has over 25 offers right now but doesn't list the Irish high on his list right now. Notre Dame has not offered him but is recruiting him pretty heavily. Has Notre Dame been recruiting him? "Occasionally," said Henne when asked if the Irish have been in contact with him. "But they aren't recruiting me as hard as the other schools have. They haven't offered yet either. I guess I would give them strong consideration if they decided to recruit me harder."

Henne does not plan to attend Notre Dame's camp but the Irish continue to recruit him.

Brian Savage has already attended Notre Dame camp last year and impressed the Irish staff. Savage also plans to attend Notre Dame's camp this year. Savage is 6-3, 205 pounds and ran a 4.68 at the Nike Camp. The Haverford, PA prospect threw for 1,460 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. He has one offer from Wisconsin thus far but should receive quite a few as the season progresses. Savage grew up a Notre Dame fan and still likes the Irish a lot. If they Irish offer they should be tough to beat.

Blake Barnes is another top quarterback the Irish are recruiting. He is considered a top prospect and has visited Notre Dame unofficially over the spring. Barnes hasn't been listing Notre Dame high on his list recently but the Irish might be interested in this Memphis, TN prospect. Barnes threw for 2,500 yards and 37 touchdowns and is listed with a 3.8 GPA. At this time Barnes doesn't plan to attend Notre Dame camp and he appears to be focusing on schools in the SEC area.

C.J. Bacher is another quarterback the Irish appear to be recruiting. Bacher hails from Jesuit high school in Rocklin, CA. The 6-2, 180-pound quarterback threw for 1,932 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Bacher is starting to make a name for himself and many schools are taking notice. The Irish are in his top five at this point.

The Irish also seem interested in Sean Lewis. Lewis is 6-7, 210 pounds with 4.7 speed. Lewis is from H.L. Richards high school in Oak Lawn, IL. Lewis threw for 2,100 yards and 27 touchdowns last year. Lewis is said to have a big time arm and has visited Notre Dame unofficially this spring. He also might attend camp at Notre Dame this summer.

Drew Weatherford is another prospect the Irish have been recruiting. The 6-3, 210-pound quarterback hails from Land ‘O Lakes, FL. He grew up a big Florida State fan and the Seminoles will likely be the team to beat. Weatherford had a solid junior season throwing for 2,645 yards and 39 touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes. He has shown interest in Notre Dame but doesn't plan to camp at Notre Dame this summer. He will be another prospect to watch this year.

It's very early in the process so some new names will likely surface over the summer and fall. The Irish appear to be in good shape with many of their top targets planning on attending the Notre Dame summer camp. The Irish should be able to land one of their top targets at quarterback this year. The question remains, which player do they like the best? I don't think the answer to that question will be known until after summer camp has ended. Top Stories