The Big Board: Offensive Targets

In the first of a two-part Big Board update, recruiting reporter Anna Hickey reviews her list of Notre Dame's top offensive targets.

Note: You can find the entire offer list for the 2014 class pinned at the top of our Football Forum Message Board. The Big Board focuses on Notre Dame's top targets at each position, including those that have reciprocated Irish interest. Today's review is of the program's top targets on offense:

Hickey's Top QB Target

-- Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Arizona): Has set a visit to Notre Dame for June 10, his only visit planned so far for the summer. He visited UCLA, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, and Texas A&M this spring, and he's also considering Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, and Ohio State. Notre Dame could have a great shot at landing him, especially if he cools on schools out west.

Hickey's Top TE Target

-- Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, California): Notre Dame will still pursue Luatua even with Weishar in the fold. He is an elite talent that fits the mold of a big skill player. Luatua has set two official visits – Notre Dame the weekend of Oct. 17 and Alabama the weekend of Oct. 9. It will be his first visit to both schools. Alabama and USC are the primary competition, and his brother plays for the Tide, but Notre Dame is in good position to land him where things stand today.

Hickey's Top RB Targets

-- Joe Mixon (Oakley, California) – He has a top 16, which includes Notre Dame. Last weekend, Mixon told said, "I'd say Georgia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cal and Washington have been recruiting me the hardest." Mixon doesn't plan to decide until next January and securing an official visit would be big.

-- Johnathan Vickers (Tallahassee, Florida) – His top two are Alabama and Florida State. Notre Dame offered last week, and he plans on visiting. Vickers wants to take a couple of officials and decide in the early fall. Irish could be a dark horse going forward; he is really drawn to the tradition, and obviously you can't underestimate what running backs coach Tony Alford can get done in Florida.

-- Donte Williams (Durham, North Carolina) – Has Notre Dame in his top six, which also includes Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, West Virginia, and Georgia Tech. Right now, he's hearing the most from Clemson, Georgia Tech, and West Virginia. Williams will be visiting June 22 with his teammates. He doesn't plan on deciding until signing day.

--Derrell Scott (Havelock, North Carolina) – His top five (in order) is South Carolina, Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Clemson. South Carolina is largely the team to beat right now. He plans to decide after next season. Until he plans a visit, nothing new to report.

Hickey's Top OL Targets

-- OT Braden Smith (Olathe, Kansas) – Placed Notre Dame into his top three (TCU, Texas A&M) after he visited in March. He's still very much interested in South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, and Alabama. Irish look to be in great shape for an official visit. Notre Dame would take Smith regardless of numbers.

-- OT/OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, California): Hasn't officially trimmed his list, but said this weekend "Ole Miss, Alabama, Washington, USC, UCLA, Oregon State, and Arizona State" are recruiting him the hardest. USC will be the team to beat. He plans on narrowing his list to 10 in the near future and taking official visits, so Notre Dame will stay in touch until then.

-- OT Jamarco Jones (Chicago, Illinois): Has a top four of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. We're hearing Ohio State is his choice, but his mom may be favoring Michigan. Notre Dame is on the outside looking in at this point, but he's still considering the Irish and will be pursued until he announces on June 27. In fact, Notre Dame visited Jones yesterday.

Hickey's Top WR Targets

-- Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Florida): Has visited Notre Dame three times and plans to be back on campus in June. Notre Dame is the team to beat for Holmes, and he's one of (if not the No. 1) the top wide receivers on the Irish's board. However, Oklahoma, Miami, West Virginia, and Michigan will provide stiff competition.

-- Michiah Quick (Fresno, California): Visited this spring and had a great time. His top schools are USC, Alabama, Oklahoma, UCLA, and California. Oklahoma and USC seem to be biggest competition, and he plans on taking all of his officials and announcing on National Signing Day. In my opinion, Notre Dame is in better position for Quick than some are giving the Irish credit for.

-- Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Arizona): Being recruited the hardest by Arizona, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame. He visited this spring as a part of his Midwest tour and also saw Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes and Wolverines, along with Arizona State, Arizona, Texas Tech, and UCLA are all legit contenders. Hasn't spoken on any summer visit plans yet.

--Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tennessee): Hasn't named any favorites yet. Malone visited Notre Dame this spring and Alford visited Malone's school yesterday. Plans to narrow his list this summer and most likely will take official visits. Tennessee could end up being the team to beat, and he's also considering Vanderbilt, Clemson, South Carolina, Ohio State, LSU, and Florida.

--Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Florida): Teammate Mason Cole committed to Michigan, and both visited Notre Dame last summer. Could potentially visit Notre Dame this summer. Florida, Michigan, Florida State, and Miami are all contenders.

-- Cameron Sims (Monroe, Louisiana): Likes Alabama the most right now, but he plans to visit Notre Dame this summer. Irish are right in this one. LSU, Texas, and Georgia are also players. Staff visited Sims earlier this spring, and they're not slowing down on the wide out talent in Louisiana (see below).

-- Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, Louisiana): Favors LSU, but Notre Dame has made a push this spring. Tight ends coach Scott Booker and co-defensive coordinator Kerry Cooks visited Dupre this spring, and Dupre may get up to Notre Dame for a visit this summer. Also considering UCLA, Clemson, Florida State, and Ole Miss.

-- Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida): Notre Dame offered last week, and his stock has really skyrocketed this spring. He's not naming favorites, but he's camped at Florida State and Florida. He said a visit to Notre Dame this summer is a possibility. Hearing a lot from North Carolina State, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

-- Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa): Iowa State commit and legacy who was offered by Notre Dame last week. Has a close relationship with safeties coach Bob Elliott, knowing him from his time at Iowa State. Lazard will visit Notre Dame on June 10, but if a flip were to happen, it would more than likely come during the fall.

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