Recruiting Reset: Defensive Ends

Notre Dame's recruiting board is concentrated since the Irish have 19 commitments, including 11 on offense. IrishEyes.com is taking a look at the offered recruits remaining on the board, and the latest stop focuses on the defensive ends.

Of Notre Dame's 19 committed prospects, 11 are on the offensive side of the ball.

The Irish are filled at quarterback, tight end, offensive line and running back, but remain in the mix for another receiver and a multi-purpose running back.

Defensively is another matter as the Irish remain involved with a number of prospects.

On the defensive line, Isaac Rochell and Jacob Matuska are already committed, but the recruiting continues for a number of players and IrishEyes.com takes a look at where Notre Dame stands with defensive ends holding offers.

Alquadin Muhammad, DE, 6-3 ½, 230, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.
In typical Ironmen fashion, Muhammad's recruitment has been quiet. He made a summer visit to Alabama and he has said in the past he likes Rutgers, Michigan and the Irish a lot. He is friends with Irish freshman Elijah Shumate and that gives Notre Dame a chance. He is raw but has elite athleticism and would fit in well at Notre Dame's CAT position.

Kendell Beckwith, DE, 6-2, 220, East Feliciana Parish, Clinton, La.
Notre Dame was hanging around with Beckwith much of the spring and summer, but clearly has ground to make up and that could be nearly impossible. He is going to visit LSU and Alabama, which are the two leaders. Clemson, Tennessee and Miami are also involved.

Austin Hooper, DE, 6-4, 250, De La Salle High, Concord, Calif.
It could come down to the pull of the Bay Area schools vs. leaving home and playing at Notre Dame for Hooper. He visited recently and enjoyed learning about the program. He is in the process of scheduling an official visit, and that could go a long way in determining whether he falls in love with the school.

Demetrius Cooper, DE, 6-4, 225, Julian High, Chicago, Ill.
Cooper remains an option for the Irish despite having several committed players for the CAT position. He wants to take either an unofficial or official visit to campus this fall. He is giving the Irish a very hard look and he said Notre Dame is showing the interest back.

Josh Augusta, DE, 6-5, 260, Peoria High, Peoria, Ill.
Augusta doesn't want to decide until he makes official visits, so a December or January decision looms. That is perfect for the Irish because it will allow the staff to sort through the needs of the class, and figure out where it stands with a number of other recruits.


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