Irish Officials: Part 1

The list of prospects from the class of 2012 planning on making official visits with Notre Dame this weekend reads like a roster of a high school All-American game. Here is our first look at several of the big names expected to be on campus...and one name not expected to make it. has been working to find out who will and who won't take an official visit to South Bend when the Irish battle USC.

Will Redmond - CB – Memphis (TN) East
IE Breakdown: The Mississippi State pledge was pondering taking an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. After talking with MSU coaches, Redmond has not returned phone calls or text message to and we'll list him as a non-visitor for the USC game.
John Theus - OL – Jacksonville (FL) The Bolles School
IE Breakdown: Notre Dame expected to get Theus on campus this past summer. However, his pledge to Georgia stopped that from happening. With talk of an uncertain future for Georgia head coach Mark Richt, Irish running back coach Tim Hinton was able to convince Theus to check out the Irish. Theus told National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons in late September the following about his status. "I am without a doubt 100 percent committed to Georgia as long as Coach Richt is the coach."
Ishmael Adams - CB – Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian HS
IE Breakdown: Adams did not list Notre Dame as one of his top schools in late September. However, he did state he was planning on taking an official visit with the Irish this weekend. With Cal, Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, and Colorado looking like the five he'll pick from, the Irish could make a huge impression and change everything Adams has been thinking about.
Zach Banner – OT – Lakewood (WA) Lakes HS
IE Breakdown: Banner is a top target and the Irish have something the big fellow is looking for as his desire to play football and basketball at the college level is still there. Michigan and Oklahoma both made sure basketball coaches gave Banner time during his visits and the Irish are expected to follow the same path. Banner earned Gatorade Performer of the Week honors leading up to his Irish visit and has talked about making his college decision in mid January.
Keivarae Russell – RB – Everett (WA) Mariner HS
IE Breakdown: The Irish pursuit of a running back will take new meaning this weekend as Russell is joining two other highly thought of backs taking their official visits. While Russell is not expected to take many visits during the remainder of his season, a good showing by the Irish could push one of the three backs to see the Irish as a good fit.
Shaquille Thompson – S/WR – Sacramento (CA) Grant Union HS
IE Breakdown: Thompson is the type of player who could play on either side of the ball for Brian Kelly at Notre Dame. While Oregon pushed to the front of the class after his visit, Thompson is still open and the solid trip by the Irish could put them in the final running.
Bryce Treggs – WR – Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco HS
IE Breakdown: The Cal pledge has not been shy in taking visits with Notre Dame being his latest. The Irish staff never stopped working on Treggs nor did Irish pledges who know the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder. Can the Irish do enough during their visit to push Treggs to take a second look at his early pledge? will have more on the many prospects expected to take their official visit to Notre Dame this weekend coming. Top Stories