Notre Dame Target Predictions, Part III

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 third and final 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 final part:

CB Donaldven Manning, 5-11, 175, Miami Central High
Virginia Tech is the school he committed early on and although he is visiting other schools, the Hokies still lead.
Chad Simmons' Prediction: Virginia Tech

Brian Poole
CB Brian Poole, 5-11, 185, Southeast High, Bradenton, Fla
It has always been Florida for Poole, but Notre Dame was the school his father liked since the beginning. You cannot rule out the Irish, but the Gators still have the lead today.
Chad Simmons' Prediction: Florida

Alex McCalister
DE Alex McCalister, 6-6, 225, West Forsyth High, Clemmons, N.C.
: Six schools appear to be in contention for this defensive end, but who leads? He doesn't drop too many hints, but he has visited all six finalists other than Notre Dame. Right now, an ACC school may have the edge.
Chad Simmons' Prediction: Georgia Tech

Gunner Kiel
QB Gunner Kiel, 6-4, 200, Columbus (Ind.) High
I think he's looking for a chance to play early, but also where he'll be coached well. At one time he may have been looking to go farther away from home, but that is changing.
Allen Trieu's Prediction: Notre Dame

Ronnie Stanley
OT Ronnie Stanley, 6-6, 285, Bishop Gorman High, Las Vegas
He's played things close to the vest and he's not ever claimed a leader. But USC has always been in a good place for him.
Brandon Huffman's Prediction: USC

Ishmael Adams
CB Ishmael Adams, 5-10, 180, Oaks Christian High, Westlake Village, Calif.
The Pac-12 has always seemed to be his destination and I think that is still the case. But while Cal has been a big leader for him, I think he could end up staying close to home.
Brandon Huffman's Prediction:UCLA.

Elijah Shumate
S Elijah Shumate, 6-1, 205, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
Shumate is shoe-horning visits in after his season and is planning on a trip to Notre Dame in mid-December. South Carolina is home to one of his best friends, freshman safety Sheldon Royster.
Brian Dohn's Prediction: South Carolina

Ian Thomas
WR Ian Thomas, 6-1, 190, Franklin High, Reisterstown, Md.
He made a visit to Vanderbilt and set up one to Rutgers. He already cancelled a trip to Notre Dame in October because of a scheduling issue, and it hasn't been set up yet.
Brian Dohn's Prediction: Rutgers

Ken Ekanem
DE Ken Ekanem, 6-3, 235, Centreville High, Clifton, Va.
This one could be down to whether or not Ekanem wants to leave the state, or remain close to home as he has an eclectic final five of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Oregon.
Brian Dohn's Prediction: Virginia Tech Top Stories