Previewing the numbers and names of the guys that will be on hand Saturday for Notre Dame's junior day, including primary targets, guys that could pick up offers, and commits already pledged to the Irish.
will host its junior day tomorrow, Saturday, March 23, and as expected, its going to be a smaller turnout than previous years, but that will allow the staff to spend more 1-on-1 time and really cater to their primary targets.
PRIMARY TARGETS (4)
1. DE Andrew Trumbetti
: 4-star; Scout 300 (133)… Demarest, NJ (Northern Valley Regional-Demarest)… 6'5", 220…
Notes: Has long favored the Irish and positioned them No.1, but Florida has made quite the impression on Trumbetti in recent weeks, and came away from his visit to the Swamp pretty blown away. Told IrishEyes he would like for his mom to see Florida before he makes a decision, and he would like to visit Stanford. Not likely to commit Saturday.
2. TE Jeb Blazevich
: 4-star; Scout 300 (284)… Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian)…6'5", 240…
Notes: His top 6 (no order): Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss. Has set a personal deadline of June 1 to decide. His brother attends Clemson, but Blazevich says that won't be a deciding factor. if Notre Dame wants this guy, this is the weekend they've got sell him. Not likely they'll be a return visit before commitment time.
3. OT Alex Bars
: 4-star; Scout 300 (225)… Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)…6'6", 286…
Notes: Notre Dame legacy with offers from all over. Irish should like their chances here, before he expects to make a decision late spring or summer, he has said he wants to visit South Carolina, Ohio State, Florida, and Tennessee.
4. OT Braden Smith
: 5-star; Scout 300 (6)... Olathe, Kan. (Olathe South Senior)... 6'6", 292...
Notes: Not looking to commit any time soon, so this visit is important for setting up the Irish in good position with him for later, i.e. official visit (Visiting Friday)
NO OFFERS (8)
1. RB Curtis Samuel
: 3-star: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Erasmus)...6'0", 185...
Notes: Penn State and Ohio State offers among others. Notre Dame has identified and offered it's top RB prospects, so an offer is unlikely, though he was previously told he would get an offer on junior day. Samuel can play safety as well and fits the athlete mold Notre Dame favors. **UPDATE: IrishEyes spoke with Curtis' coach, and Curtis will be in a wedding this weekend, and it's "doubtful" he'll make it to junior day.
2. TE Daniel Helm
: 4-star...Chatham, Ill. (Glenwood)...6'3", 217...
Notes: Visited Notre Dame briefly in Feb., ND has already offered their top TE targets, but should something fall out of order down the line, Helm is a guy to watch.
3. TE/WR Mike Gesicki
: 3-star... Manahawkin, N.J. (Southern Regional)...6'5", 215...
Notes: Top three of Rutgers, Penn State, and Wisconsin. Irish interest is there, and Coach Diaco visited Gesicki last winter.
4. OT Frank Ragnow
: 3-star... Chanhassen (Minn.) 6'6", 285...
Notes: FSU and Minnesota offers; if Notre Dame were to offer, Irish would bolt to No. 1 on his list.
5. OG Richie Wenzel
: Olney, Md. (Good Counsel)...6'4", 280...
Notes: Has an offer from Toledo.
6. S Darius West
: 4-star: Lima, Ohio (Lima Central Catholic)...6'0",195...
Notes: Offers from Missouri, Penn State, and Tennessee among others. There's potential an offer could happen.
7. 2015 DE Jashon Cornell
: Saint Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham)...6'3", 220...
Notes: Going to be one of the top guys in the country at his position next year. Already has offers from Iowa, Minnesota, and Rutgers. Notre Dame offer likely before it's all over. (Visiting sometime this weekend)
8. 2015 QB Jack Beneventi
: Lisle, Ill. (Benet)...6'6", 185...
Notes: Three offers so far. This guy is good, an offer wouldn't be surprising, even if it doesn't happen on this trip. (Visiting Sunday)
WR Justin Brent
: 4-star; Scout 300 (267)...Speedway, Ind. (Speedway Seinor)...6'3", 195... committed to the Irish last July. Projecting an outside, deep threat.
DT Jay Hayes
: 4-star; Scout 300 (212)... Brooklyn, N.Y. (Poly Prep)...6'5", 272...committed to the Irish last November. This will be his first visit to campus.
LB Greer Martini
: 4-star; Scout 300 (261)... Woodberry Forest, Va. (Woodberry Forest)... 6'4", 215... committed to the Irish last July. Projecting as ILB.