Future Irish in Action

All members of Notre Dame's recruiting class are in action this weekend. We have a look at each verbal pledge along with two very high profile targets.

Our weekly review of where Notre Dame pledges are headed this weekend to compete.


Tee Shepard: Fresno (Calif) Washington Union
Shepard had his hearing with the CIF about his eligibility on Oct. 6. Regardless of the ruling, Shepard to IrishEyes.com he has no plans to play this season with all of his energy focused on getting things in order to enroll early at Notre Dame.

Taylor Decker: Vandalia (Ohio) Butler
Last week was a 64-0 blowout win over Sidney. Decker and his teammates look to add their seventh victory of the season against 4-3 Lebanon. Going into the game the Aviators sit in the fifth spot in their region but need to add at least two more victories to ensure a playoff berth. Looming in two weeks is currently undefeated Trotwood-Madison and a possible conference championship.

Ronald Darby: Oxon Hill (MD) Potomac
Darby and his teammates are hot having won four straight as they head to 2-4 Largo High School on Friday night.

Scott Daly: Downers Grove (IL) South
The Mustangs enter Friday night's contest against 4-3 Hinsdale South looking for their eighth victory of the season.

Nick Baratti: Spring (TX) Klein Oak
Baratti and his teammates added their fourth win of the season with a 38-6 victory last weekend. This weekend they'll take on 5-1 Westfield High School.

Justin Ferguson: Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan
Ferguson and his Falcons teammates will take on 3-2 Hallandale on Friday night.

Mark Harrell: Charlotte (NC) Catholic
Harrell and his teammates will look to keep their perfect record on the season as they get ready to battle 6-1 Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology.

C.J. Prosise: Woodberry Forest (VA)
Prosise and his teammates sit at 3-2 this season as they get ready to battley 4-1 Landon High School on Saturday.

Deontay Greenberry: Fresno (Calif) Washington Union
Greenberry and crew will battle 2-3 Sierra on Friday night. Irish fans should be super excited about the season Greenberry is posting as he averages over 160 yards receiving a game and just under six tackles a game.

David Perkins: South Bend (IN) Washington
Perkins and his teammates came up against 0-6 Benet Academy last week and took a hard 6-0 loss. This week they'll look to get back on the winning side against 5-3 Mishawaka.

John Turner: Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral
The Irish head to Ohio to face GCL champion Cincinnati Moeller (6-0) who is looking to show they have the power to be considered one of the top programs in the country.

Romeo Okwara: Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell
Coming off a tough 43-40 loss should have Okwara and his teammates ready to battle 0-8 East Mecklenburg for a needed win

Sheldon Day: Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central
The Warriors perfect season remains intact as they host 5-3 Center Grove High School on Friday night.

Jarron Jones: Rochester (NY) Aquinas Institute
Jones and the Little Irish picked up their sixth win last weekend and will hit the road for a trip to Erie (PA) to battle 4-2 Cathedral Prep.

Chris Brown: Hanahan (SC) Hanahan
Brown may be the most talked about Irish pledge as questions surround the strength of his commitment to the Irish. Last week the Hawks won big and this week they'll have another chance to put points on the board as they battle 0-7 North Charleston High School.

William Mahone: Youngstown (OH) Austintown-Fitch
Mahone and his teammates got back to their winning ways with a 14-7 victory over Hoover. However, it looks like it may be too late to make the playoffs as they enter play Friday night ranked 14-th in their region. Only the top eight make the playoffs out of each region and Fitch only has one game in its last three against a team with a record above .500 on the year.


Ifeadi Odenigbo: Centerville (OH)
The 4-3 Elks have a conference match-up against rival Huber Heights Wayne on Friday night. A win and the Elks still have an outside chance to make the playoffs. A loss and it would be a stretch for them to make it. Not only are bragging rights and a life in the playoffs at stake, a chance to win a conference title also hangs in the balance.

Keith Marshall: Millbrook (NC)
The thought of adding Marshall to the class is exciting for Irish fans as the running back is averaging 10 yards per carry on the season. Millbrook enters what should be a very hard game against 7-0 Leesville with a 5-4 record and plenty of football left to play.

Dave Berk has followed Ohio High School football recruiting since the late 90's. In 2002 he joined Scout.com covering Ohio High School sports and football recruiting before moving over to cover The University of Cincinnati in 2005. In 2010 Dave was offered a chance to cover Michigan State (SpartanDigest.com) and Notre Dame (IrishEyes.com) as a football recruiting analyst. Over the years Dave has been a guest on several radio shows and appeared on College Football Now on the NFL Network. This fall Dave appears on Fox Sports Ohio's Southwest Ohio football telecats giving recruiting insight on players in the game. You can contact or follow Dave at the following.
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