Analyzing 2013: Running Back Targets

Recruiting for the class of 2013 is in full swing, and Notre Dame smack in the middle of identifying and offering prospects. Trying to make sense of it all can be confusing, so is kicking off a new series in which it will provide a unit-by-unit breakdown of Notre Dame's top offered targets. This edition hits on the running backs.

‘Tis the season for offers to be flying out left and right, and the picture is muddied by the fact written offers cannot be received until the start of a prospects senior year.

The spring evaluation period remains a month away, but classes are already being formed and targets are already in Notre Dame's crosshairs.

To help make sense of the new recruiting class, and to give an indication of where prospects stand in their recruitment, begins a series of position-by-position breakdowns of players Notre Dame has offered.

(Please note more offers are going out.)

Notre Dame landed a pair of running backs in the 2012 class, and hope to land multiple ones the 2013 class. Here is a look at the offered targets:

Keith Ford, 5-11, 195, Cypress Ranch (Texas) High
The Skinny: Ford already holds plenty of offers from schools close to home and at this point it looks like he will remain in-state. Notre Dame has its work cut out in this one.

Ty Isaac, 6-2, 220, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy
The Skinny: Isaac is one of the most dynamic athletes in the 2013 class, and he has the offer list to show it as Michigan, Auburn, Ohio State and USC are among the many to join the Irish in offering. Many times proximity works against the Irish in the national recruiting landscape, but this time is could help since Isaac is close to campus and already made a number of trips.

Greg Bryant, 5-11, 200, American Heritage High, Delray Beach, Fla.
The Skinny: Bryant didn't know much about the Irish until he was offered, and a month ago he still didn't have much knowledge of them. With offers from the likes of Alabama, Forida, Georgia and Oklahoma, it will be tough for the Irish to pull him in. Not impossible, but hard.

David Williams, 6-1, 185, West Catholic High, Philadelphia
The Skinny: Before he makes a college decision, Williams needs to make a high school choice after it was announced West Catholic would close after the school year. He has an impressive offer list, but working against the Irish was the loss of his recruiting coach (Charley Molnar) to UMass. Williams' best position may be cornerback, but he is also a gifted runner, and he has double digit offers to prove it.

Ryan Green, 5-11, 190, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic School
The Skinny: Green likes the Irish and assistant Tony Alford has done a very good job. Green already made a visit to Notre Dame in the fall, and he should be making another one. His offer list includes the Big 3 in Florida as well as Auburn, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and so on. The Catholic school connection could work here and Notre Dame should be in it for a long time.

A.J. Turman, 6-0, 200, Boone High, Orlando
The Skinny: Turman claims more than a dozen offers, including one from the Irish, but at this point he is talking about SEC and ACC schools.

Laquvionte Gonzalez, 5-11, 170, Cedar Hill (Texas) High
The Skinny: Gonzalez said a lot about Notre Dame's chances when he told "I'm not trying to go too far from home. I'd get homesick probably."

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