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, IrishEyes.com continues its series of position-by-position breakdowns of players Notre Dame has offered.
(Please note more offers are going out.)
The Irish have seen five of their targets commit elsewhere, but the pressure isn't great since Steven Elmer committed in the fall and gives Notre Dame a very good player on the offensive. Here is a look at the offered targets, all of one of whom are offensive tackles:
Laremy Tunsil, OT, 6-6, 282, Columbia High-South, Lake City, Fla.
The Skinny: Florida and Georgia are the leaders for Tunsil, and he is also liking Alabama, LSU and Michigan. However, if he is willing to head to the midwest for a look at a school, Notre Dame could be an option since Michigan is telling recruits it is full on the offensive line.
Ethan Pocic, OT, 6-6, 280, Lemont (Ill.) Township High
The Skinny: Pocic has an impressive offer list that speaks of high talent. He likes Notre Dame, but is also looking at a number of Big Ten schools. He plans on making a spring visit to Notre Dame to watch a practice and get a better feel for the program, and that will be a huge day in Pocic's recruitment.
Colin McGovern, OT, 6-6, 280, Lincoln-Way West High, New Lenox, Ill.
The Skinny: He has plans to visit Notre Dame on Junior Day and is also slated to visit Northwestern, Wisconsin and Ohio State. An interesting part of McGovern's recruitment is the possibility of an early graduation, which will have schools pushing for that to take place.
Steven Elmer, OT, 6-6, 297, Midland (Mich.) High
The Skinny: Elmer committed to Notre Dame in the fall, and so far the irish have been able to fend off other programs making a run at him. At this point there is nothing to be concerned about since Elmer has said time and again he is set with the Irish.
Dorian Johnson, OT, 6-6, 275, Belle Vernon (Pa.) Area High
The Skinny: Johnson recently picked up an offer from the Irish and is planning a Junior Day visit. He also holds offers from the likes of Penn State and Virginia Tech, and it is the Nittany Lions worth keep an eye on as his recruitment unfolds. If the Irish impress Johnson, they will move into very good position.
Hunter Bivin, OT, 6-7, 290, Apollo High, Owensboro, Ky.
The Skinny: Bivin is a life-long Notre Dame fan and was set to make a huge visit a few weekends ago until an upset in the state basketball playoffs delayed the trip. He still plans on getting to Notre Dame in the coming weeks, but he also is planning an LSU visit. The key is for the Irish to get Bivin locked up sooner rather than later.
Mike McGlinchey, OT, 6-7, 265, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia
The Skinny: McGlinchey is one of the top prospects in the City of Brotherly Love, and recently picked up a Notre Dame offer. He will be on campus March 24, and at this point the Irish have a shot. However, Penn State could be a tough one to beat because of proximity.
Aaron Cochran, OT, 6-8, 350, Buhach Colony High, Atwater, Calif.
The Skinny: His brother goes to Cal but he has family in Indiana, so there is reason for optimism the Irish can at least coax an visit out of one of the top offensive tackles on the west coast. Getting him on campus is the first step as the rest of his offers are from Pac-12 schools.
Tim Gardner, OT, 6-5, 278, Lawrence Central High, Indianapolis
The Skinny: Gardner said he was offered, and he will be on campus for Junor Day. He can play tackle of guard. John Montelus, OG, 6-5, 295, Everett (Mass.) High
The Skinny: Montelus wants to visit Notre Dame but is yet to set anything up. He was offered recently, and it came as a bit of a surprise since he said he wasn't talking to anyone from the school prior to the offer, so he is still just learning the basics of the program and the school.