The big news going into the weekend is Apollo High (Owensboro, Ky.) offensive tackle Hunter Bivin had to postpone his trip after his high school basketball team pulled an upset in the playoffs and will play Saturday.
Bivin grew up with Notre Dame as his favorite school and he was set to bring plenty of family with him to meet the staff, tour the campus and get a feel for everything Irish. He will reschedule the trip, but IrishEyes.com was hearing there was a chance Bivin could have made a decision on the trip.
Also, Centerville (Ohio) High offensive tackle Evan Lisle was slated to visit but he committed to Ohio Sate. Still, it is the first quasi-event for juniors of the recruiting season, so IrishEyes.com provides a breakdown of the quartet of known players making the trip.
Keeon Johnson, WR, 6-3, 195, A.L. Brown High, Kannapolis, N.C.
The breakdown: This is an informative trip for Johnson, but also a huge one. At first, he didn't want to go too far from home but that is changing. His offers are more regional and he has been to North Carolina State several time as well as other schools close to his home.
This will be his first trip to Notre Dame, and he is bringing plenty of family to get a feel for what Notre Dame is all about. He doesn't want to decide until after his senior season, but this trip will shape how strong the Irish will be in his recruitment.
Jacob Matuska, TE, 6-4, 220, Bishop Hartley, Columbus, Ohio
The breakdown: Matuska got a Notre Dame offer last month and it is a school he grew up following. He is being looked by schools to play linebacker, tight end and defensive end, and his blocking is his strong point on offense.
Of the players visiting Saturday, Matuska is leading one to make a commitment because ofhis fondness for the Irish, but his original plan was the make a decision in the summer.
Ty Isaac, RB, 6-2, 220, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy
The breakdown: Notre Dame wants to add an elite running back, and Isaac is the top target. If Isaac doesn't already know how big of a prospect he is for the Irish, this trip will validate it. He holds offers from across the country, and his plan is to take his time.
However, this is a huge day for Notre Dame because it gets to show Isaac everything about the program, including how he would be used and his importance in the offense.
Jaylon Smith, OLB, 6-3, 225, Bishop Luers High, Fort Wayne, Ind.
The breakdown: This will not be an easy one for the Irish, but getting him to campus for a lot of quality face time with the coaching staff is a big thing. His brother, Rob, plays at Ohio State, but at this point that doesn't appear to be a big factor.
Smith hasn't been to campus since attending the football game against USC in October, and this is a big deal to be able to go in-depth about the education and alumni pipeline that goes with being a Notre Dame graduate.