Analyzing 2013: Receiver Targets, Part I

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

‘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 is approaching, 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, is in the middle of a series of position-by-position breakdowns of players Notre Dame has offered.

(Please note more offers are going out.)

This edition is the second part focusing on receivers in the 2013 class.

Ra'shaad Samples, 5-11, 170, Skyline High, Dallas
The Skinny: Samples holds a bundle of offers from across the country, but the big programs of Texas and a few others in the SEC are showing him the most interest. Getting him out of Texas is one thing. Getting him out of the south or southeast will be another. Neither will be easy.

Laquon Treadwell, 6-3, 190, Crete-Monee High, Crete, Ill.
The Skinny: Notre Dame is doing a good job to make Treadwell feel like a priority, and he has been to campus multiple times. Unlike a lot of other receiver prospects, it will help immeasurably that he is close to campus. However, all the big schools have offered, which means it could be a midwest battle with Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and the likes.
This one will be a huge indication of the staff's ability to land a top-flight prospect from the region while battling again other elite programs.

Mike Williams, 6-4, 185, Lake Marion High, Holy Hill, South Carolina
The Skinny: Notre Dame pulled receiver Chris Brown out of South Carolina in the 2012 class and Everett Golson the year prior, but the battle for Williams will be markedly tougher. Clemson and South Carolina have been all over him, and that continues to be the case.

Jordan Cunningham, 6-1, 175, University School of Nova Sout, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Skinny: Cunningham's offer list surpasses three dozen, and the Florida schools have been all over him since the spring of his sophomore year of high school. The good part for Notre Dame is Cunningham only knows the Florida schools, so he can be wooed by the lure of a big-time school with a great education. The key is getting him to make a visit.

Travis Johnson, 6-4, 200, Jesuit High, Tampa, Fla.
The Skinny: Johnson could turn into a tight end if he adds size, but for now he remains grouped with the receivers. He has very good hands and is athletic, which is why his offer list is huge. He likes Notre Dame and wants to make an unofficial to campus, which bodes well. He has seen the Florida schools, but wants to see what else is out there.

Uriah LeMay, 6-2, 188, Butler High, Matthews, N.C.
The Skinny: Lemay holds more than two dozen offers and already visited Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, and he will visit South Carolina in the spring. He is looking at bundle of schools, and Notre Dame is trying to get him to make a spring visit, but he is unsure if that will happen.

Taj Williams, 6-3, 195, Lincoln High, Tallahassee, Fla.
The Skinny: Notre Dame was in Lincoln High last month for 2012 receiver Raph Andrades, but things fell apart when he wasn't offered and a planned visit fell through. He wound up at Florida, and pulling Williams away from the Sunshine State will be tough as well.

Tramel Terry, 5-11, 175, Goose Creek (S.C.) High
The Skinny: Terry visited Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina already, and he developed a strong relationship with ‘Dawgs running back Keith Marshall. Whether it gets the point of making a trip to Notre Dame seems to be a question. Top Stories