Irish Official Visits Part 2

The list of prospects from the class of 2012 planning on making official visits with Notre Dame this weekend reads like a roster for an All-American game. Here are the final names expected to be on campus for their officials and one "Big" name making an unofficial visit. has been working to find out who is and is not expected to be making their official visits to Notre Dame when the Irish battle USC.

Brian Poole – CB - Bradenton (FL) Southeast HS
IE Breakdown: A pledge to Florida, Poole has told the Gators he's making his visit to Notre Dame but not visiting any other schools in his home state. Is this just a good weekend for Poole to take a trip? Or have the Irish opened the eyes of the talented corner who knows early playing time could be available in South Bend?
Ifeadi Odenigbo – OLB – Centerville (OH) HS
IE Breakdown: This is a big trip for the Ohio native who will bring his mother this time to South Bend. Look for the Irish to put on a full court press on the talented Odenigbo. While there still could be a trip to Stanford, it looks like that will not happen until sometime following the season. We'll have more on Odenigbo's visit coming on Irish Eyes.
Arik Armstead – OT – Elk Grove (CA) Pleasant Grove HS
IE Breakdown: The door is open for the Irish to make a favorable impression on the newly decommitted Trojan. While the Irish are not the only visit set up by Armstead, getting a chance to see Notre Dame for a big time game should leave a lasting impression.
Donaldven Manning – CB – Miami (FL) Central HS
IE Breakdown: Can Tony Alford work his magic again in Florida with Manning? The soft verbal commitment to Virginia Tech has opened the door some and will give the Irish a chance to show the talented defensive back what the overall package is at Notre Dame. With the number of corners on campus this weekend it will be hard to see all of them saying no to the Irish.
Jordan Payton – WR – Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian
IE Breakdown: The Irish will get a chance to make a favorable impression on Payton before he announces his college decision the after he returns from his official visit. Can the Irish do enough to sway the talented receiver towards pledging Notre Dame?
Byron Marshall – San Jose (CA) Valley Christian Schools
IE Breakdown: One of two Marshall's who will be on his official visit seemed excited about heading to Notre Dame when he spoke with Irish Eyes own Brian Dohn this week. However, is his heart being pulled towards Arizona State where his older brother plays? The only other official visit set up will happen in late November when he's set to trip at Oregon.
Keith Marshall – Raleigh (NC) Millbrook HS
IE Breakdown: The top running back target on the Irish board is this North Carolina speed merchant. The Irish are official visit No. 3 for the talented back who would be a perfect fit for Brian Kelly's spread attack. Will the atmosphere for the USC game prove better than those of Florida and Georgia?
Jordan Diamond – Chicago (IL) Simeon Vocational HS **UNOFFICIAL VISIT**
IE Breakdown: We listed Diamond here despite the fact he's not taking an official visit with the Irish. Many have had Diamond penciled in at Michigan and that might still be the case. However, getting Diamond on campus could help the Irish get in the running. Top Stories