The high school all-star circuit kicks into gear this week, and there are more than two dozen Notre Dame commits and targets involved in four games. IrishEyes.com makes it easy for Irish fans by breaking down the Notre Dame prospects in each game, and it continues with a look at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Recruiting is quiet since the dead period is here, but it doesn't mean all is quiet in recruiting. A lot of information will start coming out in the coming days because of all-star games are approaching.
It begins with the Dec. 30 Chesapeake Bowl in Maryland, with players reporting Tuesday. In the coming days, athletes will begin reporting for the Jan. 3 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl (Phoenix), the Jan. 5 Under Armour All-American Game (St. Petersburg) and the Jan. 7 U.S. Army All-American Bowl (San Antonio).
Scout.com will be out in force to cover the practices leading up to the games, and IrishEyes.com is giving a primer of what to look for since the Irish have prospects and commits in each of the games.
Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
Notre Dame commits
Deontay Greenberry, WR, 6-3, 180, Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.)
Greenberry is a flat-out stud, and could prove to be the best receiver at the game. He also is causing some uneasy moments for Irish fans with his customary talk he is solid to Notre Dame
but he continues to take visits.
One thing for sure is Greenberry never gives an indication he is anything but Irish, but crazy things happen in recruiting, and the more trips he makes, the more opportunity there is for craziness. One thing to take solace in is the fact everyone wants Greenberry because he is that good of a player.
95 percent Irish/5 percent having fun
Tee Shepard, CB, 6-0, 175, Washington Union
It seems impossible to talk about Greenberry without involving Shepard, and for good reason. The two are extremely close and have been linked together in recruiting for a long time.
Oh, and there is also the fact Shepard is one of the top corners in the nation. He didn't play as a senior because of a transfer issue, so will look to make his mark in this game against some of the top talent in the nation before enrolling in college in January.
99 percent Irish/1 percent wiggle room
Sheldon Day, DT, 6-2, 285, Warren Central (Indianapolis)
He is the perfect defensive lineman for Notre Dame's 3-4 alignment. He possesses a fine mixture or athleticism and power, and could have gone to any school in the nation but felt comfortable with the Irish to end his process early.
Justin Ferguson, 6-2, 200, Flanagan High (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Shortly after his May commitment, Ferguson thought about taking other official visits. That never materialized, and he squarely with Notre Dame. He is the big-bodied receiver coach Brian Kelly likes in his passing game, and now he gets to showcase his ability against a strong field.
Ronnie Stanley, OT, 6-6, 285, Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas)
Stanley was the latest to join the Irish's 2012 class, and he gives them another big, long offensive lineman to play on the edge. He has good footwork, is athletic and powerful.
Mark Harrell, OG, Mark Harrell, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic High
Harrell is athletic. So much so he played tight end in an almost exclusive running offense, but the coaching staff thought about moving him to receiver earlier in his career because of his running and pass-catching ability.
Notre Dame prospects
Jordan Diamond, OT, 6-6, 290, Simeon Vocational High (Chicago)
Diamond already made official visits to Ohio State
, and Notre Dame has long lingered on his radar but without a huge feeling he could wind up with the Irish.
Diamond has official visits planned to Arkansas
for January, which leaves the Irish on the outside. However, crazy things happens in January, so he is on the list.
Things need to change dramatically for Notre Dame
Will Redmond, CB, 6-0, 176, East High (Memphis, Tenn.)
No date is set but the Mississippi State
is planning an official visit to Notre Dame. He already tripped to Georgia
and is planning an official visit to Mississippi State in a few weeks.
If Redmond is series about the Irish, he will make a visit. Until then, it is idle chatter.
Redmond's true interest undefined
Bryce Treggs, WR, 5-11, 175, Don Bosco Prep (Bellflower, Calif.)
The four-star Cal commit tripped to Notre Dame and at one time seemed genuinely interested in the Irish. However, an official visit to Cal changed that, and he is again feeling very good about being a Bear. So much so, in fact, he turned into a recruiter during his official visit, and during that time worked some of Notre Dame's targets hard in favor of the Bears.
The skeptic could think Treggs used his trip to Notre Dame to build relationships since many of those targets were on that visit as well, and had a built-in base to talk Cal during the big weekend a few weeks ago.
Jordan Westerkamp, WR, 6-1, 190, Montini Catholic High (Lombard, Ill.)
commit originally headed to South Bend, Ind., for his official visit to appease family members and make sure he had a base to compare Lincoln, Neb., to. Now, the Irish are 50-50 to earn his commitment.
Westerkamp likes the fact Notre Dame uses its receivers mover than Nebraska, but has a longer, more stable relationship with the Cornhuskers staff and loves the feel of the school