2014 Irish Targets: Defense

After looking at five Notre Dame 2014 recruiting targets on offense, we jump over and look at five hot names on defense.

Notre Dame is working hard to get into the fold early with these five defensive prospects in the 2014 recruiting class. Each already holds an offer from the Irish.

Enoch Smith Jr.

Defensive Tackle

Scout.com early Three Star Prospect

Chicago, IL

6-foot-2, 265-pounds

Can the Irish get back into Chicago and pull out one of the top prospect from the city?  Smith is a player who is starting to pick up more attention after a great junior season.  There is room for physical growth here without losing athletic ability.

Da'Shawn Hand

Defensive End

Scout.com early Five Star Prospect (No. 1 DE)

Woodbridge, VA

6-foot-4, 260-pounds

Hand saw almost every program in the country offer early and has already trimmed down his list to ten schools of interest including Notre Dame.  The Irish along with North Carolina are working the hardest early to get Hand in the fold but this one looks like it will be a long process before the talented defensive end makes his decision known.

Clifton Garrett

Middle Linebacker

Scout.com early Four Star Prospect

Plainfield, IL

6-foot-2, 215-pounds

This one looks like it will be a Midwest battle between several programs including Notre Dame and Ohio State.  Garrett impressed many during the past summer and we fully expect to see him going forward in 2013 at several top camp and combine events.

Nyles Morgan

Middle Linebacker

Scout.com early Four Star Prospect

Crete, IL

6-foot-3, 220-pounds

Another top prospect out of the Midwest where a battle is sure to shape as Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State are all looking to sway Morgan away from home early.  Like Garrett, we expect to see Morgan at several of the top camp and combine events in the new year.

Tony Brown


Scout.com early Five Star Prospect (No. 1 CB)

Bearmont, TX

6-foot-1, 185-pounds

The top cornerback in the country has a strong list of suitors and will be a hard one to pull away from schools in the Midlands.  But if the Irish can work their magic and pull another prospect out of the Lone Star state this is the one they'll want first.  The great thing about the 2014 recruiting class is the strength at corner and the Irish already have at least nine offers out on the table early.

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