Notre Dame Target Predictions, Part II

Notre Dame still has approximately two dozen recruits -- some committed to other schools and most uncommitted -- on their board. enlisted the thoughts of's national and regional recruiting analysts for thoughts and predictions on each player. Please enjoy the second part of the series.

With the season winding down, recruiting is getting ready to heat up. There are only three official visit weekends left in Notre Dame's 2011 calendar, which is huge since many of the prospects will either announce at January all-star games or will enroll in January, and therefore have to make decisions sooner rather than later.

In this multi-part feature, checked in with's recruiting analysts, and asked them for thoughts on where Notre Dame targets would wind up.

Things change in recruiting, but here is where the analysts who regularly cover the prospects believe those targets will end up. Here is the second part:

Noah Spence
DE Noah Spence, 6-3, 240, Bishop McDevitt High, Harrisburg, Pa. Spence seemed like he was signed, sealed and delivered to Penn State until the unfortunate chain of events unfolded last week. I don't think the Nittany Lions are totally out of the picture, but if they clean house and Larry Johnson leaves, that could spell the end for Spence. I think Notre Dame is a serious player here, along with N.C. State where his father, Greg Spence, played his college ball. Maryland is also one to watch, where Spence could be reunited with his best friend and Bishop McDevitt teammate Brock Dean.
Bob Lichtenfels' prediction: North Carolina State

Demetrioius Cox
S Demetrious Cox, 6-1, 185, Jeannette (Pa.) HighAnother player who could be affected by what is going on in Happy Valley. He recently picked up a Notre Dame offer, but he was surprised it came so late. He still had the Irish in his top ten even without the offer, so that is a good sign. I have said from day one it was a Pitt/PSU battle for him, but now it could be wide open depending on who Penn State hires.
Bob Lichtenfels' prediction: Pittsburgh

Jordan Payton
WR Jordan Payton, 6-2, 205, Oaks Christian High, Westlake Village, Calif. Once a USC commit, he glowed about his trips to Michigan and Notre Dame. He nearly committed last month to Michigan. It's tough to handicap him.
Brandon Huffman's prediction: Michigan

Bryce Treggs
WR Bryce Treggs, 5-11, 175, St. John Bosco High, Bellflower, Calif. His father is one of the finest receivers in Cal history. He committed there early and I don't see that changing
Brandon Huffman's prediction: California

Arik Armstead
OT Arik Armstead, 6-8, 275, Pleasant Grove High, Elk Grove, Calif. He was a longtime USC commit and while he de-committed from USC, the Trojans will still be a factor. I think he'll end up there when it's all said and done.
Brandon Huffman's prediction: USC

Taylor McNamara
TE Taylor McNamara, 6-5, 230, Westview High, San Diego Arizona got an early verbal from him, but that changed when coach Mike Stoops was fired. He raved about his Colorado visit but he'll take several officials.
Brandon Huffman's prediction: Cal

Kevairae Russell
RB Keivarae Russell, 5-11, 170, Mariner High, Everett, Wash. His family is all in the Seattle area, and Washington has long been the team to beat, and I think they're still the team to beat.
Brandon Huffman's prediction: Washington

Shaq Thompson
S Shaq Thompson, 6-2, 210, Grant Union High, Sacramento Cal got a commit from him very early, and he de-committed quickly. He's visiting a number of places, but in the end, Cal, where his brother starred, will be the place.
Brandon Huffman's prediction: Cal

Zach Banner
OT Zach Banner, 6-9, 295, Lakes High, Lakewood, Wash.With offers from coast-to-coast, I think it will be tough for Banner to leave the comfort of home.
Brandon Huffman's prediction: Washington Top Stories