Previewing Junior Day

Notre Dame is hosting "Junior Day" on Saturday, and takes a look at the prospects heading to campus.

There are moments that are huge in the development of every recruiting class, and Saturday is setting up for it to be enormous when Notre Dame's 2013 class begins to take shape.

Some of the Irish's top targets, as well as a few sleepers, will be on campus. And while many other programs already hosted a "Junior Day" event, this will be the first time many of these prospects get the grand tour and an in-depth look at the program.

As is always the case, last-minute schedule changes and snags in traveling arrangements always factor into the equation, but confirmed the visitors.

One important aspect is the presence of committed players to help sell the coaching staff's vision, and Notre Dame will have a pair working on that in Cretin Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) receiver James Onwualu and Midland (Mich.) High offensive tackle Steven Elmer.

Looking at the prospect list, Elmer will have loads of kids to sell on his vision as an offensive lineman with the Irish.

The offensive linemen expected are Hunter Bivin of Apollo High (Owensboro, Ky.), Darius Latham of North Central High (Indianapolis), Mike McGlinchey of William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) and Colin McGovern of Lincoln-Way West High (New Lenox, Ill.).

Bivin is very high on Notre Dame and Latham, who will visit Tennessee on Sunday, recently released a top five, and the Irish are in it.

Onwualu will get a chance to speak with receiver Corey Robinson of San Antonio (Texas) Christian. He is the son of former NBA star David Robinson.

The linebacker group is also impressive and is led by Stanford commit Doug Randolph of Woodberry Forest (Va.) School. Jordan Mastrogiovanni of Jesuit College Prep (Dallas) and Eric Beisel of Rockwood Summit Senior High (Fenton, Mo.) will be heading to campus in hopes of landing offers from the Irish.

One of the more interesting visitors is Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High's Alex Anzalone, who is being offered by some schools as an outside linebacker and others as a running back. The Irish like Anzalone as a running back, and view his 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame as a battering ram type of player.

There are also a pair of quarterbacks making the visit, and it will be interesting to see how it shapes up for four-star Malik Zaire of Archbishop Alter High (Kettering, Ohio). He is one of Notre Dame's top targets. Also, Tim Boyle of Xavier High (Middletown, Conn.) is making the journey, and he was told an offer would come his way if he attended, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

Notre Dame is also bringing in a strong New Jersey contingent, led by Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) defensive end Dajaun Drennon. He is not listing favorites yet, but the 20-something offer Drennon and his family are very high on Notre Dame.

Also making the journey from the Garden State is Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) athlete Rashad Kinlaw, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) cornerback Tre Bell and receiver Charlie Callinan (no offer), Timber Creek running back Zaire Williams (no offer) and South Brunswick High (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) receiver/safety T.J. Taylor (no offer).

On the defensive line, four-star Donovan Munger of Shaker Heights (Ohio) High will be making the journey.

Finally, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic running back Ryan Green and tight end Reilly Gibbons will be making the journey to South Bend. Top Stories