Notre Dame has 17 pledges and counting for its 2013 recruiting class. With two already on board in 2014, we take a look at quarterback, running back and wide receiver targets Irish fans should get to know.
Dawkins brings size (6-foot-4, 215-pound) and solid physical skills both throwing or running the football. Already offered by the Irish and Utah, Dawkins told FOXSportsNEXT in late May a visit to South Bend could happen in July.
I watched Mister at the Nike Camp in Illinois this summer and came away feeling the Irish could be looking at him as an athlete capable of playing a couple of positions. Because he's still two years away, we'll continue to monitor his progress to see if his quarterback skills reach the level needed to compete at Notre Dame. Also picked up offers from Illinois and Indiana.
At 6-foot-2, 230-pounds, Fournette is the ultimate power back, but will be a hard one to get away from LSU from whom he's held an offer since his freshman year. Along with the Tigers and Irish, Fournette holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and West Virginia. Those who have seen the New Orleans native are impressed by his swagger and confidence while not drawing unwarranted attention to himself.
Michel is becoming a legend in the Sunshine State after hitting the varsity scene as an eighth grader, and rushing for over 1,500 yards. Last year was a lost season for Michel after he tore his ACL in August. But he showed well in camps this summer, looking stronger and pushing to be one of the top running back prospects in the country for the 2014 recruiting class.
Denson has already picked up a handful of offers the likes of Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah and Notre Dame. The Irish got their big physical wide receiver already in the class with Justin Brent. Now they need to find their speed guy and Denson is one of the early targets that fit the bill.
Terry Googer | WR | College Park (GA)
Googer is a big, physical player who could project at another position, such as outside linebacker, for the Irish if the staff looks to take just one big receiver. At 6-foot-4, 204-pounds, Googer reports offers from Cincinnati, FIU, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Wake Forest and the Irish.
Lloyd could surprise and stay close to home at North Carolina State. However, another of his offers is from Ohio State, a school he expressed interest in early in the process in an interview with FOXSportsNEXT. With offers from the Buckeyes and Irish, Lloyd also reports others from North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Florida to name a few. He's another speed guy and the Irish are looking to take at least one player in that mold for the 2014 class.
The recruiting battle for Snodgrass has already started between the Irish, Ohio State and Michigan State with more suitors soon to follow. While Snodgrass has expressed how much he likes Michigan State (first offer), his father is said to favor the Irish. However, Springfield has seen a couple of native sons make the short trek to Columbus over the year,s and there will be a push to get the talented speed receiver to stay close to home.