The Big Board: Offense

Hickey's latest Big Board focuses on top offensive targets for the Irish, including a host of wide receiver prospects.

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

-- With Jacob Park off the board to Georgia and Brandon Dawkins holding a non-committable offer at the time, Notre Dame is likely set at the quarterback position for 2014 after securing a commitment from DeShone Kizer.

Hickey's Top TE Target

-- Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, California): Luatua has set two official visits: Notre Dame the weekend of Oct. 17 and Alabama the weekend of Oct. 9. Alabama and USC are the primary competition, and his older brother plays for the Tide, but Notre Dame is in the best position to land him right now all things considered.

Hickey's Top RB Targets

-- Joe Mixon (Oakley, California): He has a top 16, which includes Notre Dame, and plans on cutting that list to 10 within the next couple of weeks. Oklahoma and Georgia are the two schools he knows that will receive officials. Mixon doesn't plan to decide until next January and securing an official visit would be big.

-- Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, New York): Released a top five last month (alphabetically) – Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Rutgers. Has only visited Rutgers out of that group, so where else he decides to schedule visits should be telling. If Alabama offers, the Tide could be the team to beat.

-- Donte Thomas-Williams (Durham, North Carolina) – Has Notre Dame in his top three, which also includes Clemson and West Virginia. Williams will be visiting June 22 with his teammates and the Irish could make a jump with him then.

Hickey's Top OL Targets

-- OT/OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, California): He plans on narrowing his list to 10 in the near future and taking official visits, so Notre Dame will pursue a visit until he eliminates the Irish from his list. Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington are all still main contenders.

-- 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, but the Irish look to be in great shape for an official visit.

Hickey's Top WR Targets

-- Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Arizona): Being recruited the hardest by Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas A&M and UCLA. He's teammates with Kyle Allen, who is pushing for him to join him at A&M. His only visit set this summer is to A&M in July. Sooners may be in best position for Andrews.

-- Erik Brown (Fontana, California): Notre Dame may have positioned itself in Brown's No. 1 spot after extending an offer. He is also high on UCLA and Washington, and should USC offer, the Trojans would be the biggest competition.

-- Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, Louisiana): Favors LSU, but Notre Dame has made a push this spring thanks to Irish assistants Scott Booker and Kerry Cooks grinding out it out in Louisiana. He's also considering UCLA, Clemson, Florida State, and Ole Miss. Irish figure to have an uphill battle to land Dupre, but he's a primary target due to his size and athleticism.

-- Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Florida): Will visit Notre Dame for the fourth time this weekend. Notre Dame is the team to beat for Holmes, and he's one of the (if not the No. 1) top wide receivers on the Irish's board. Oklahoma, Miami, West Virginia, and Michigan are recruiting him hard as well.

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

-- Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tennessee): Hasn't named any favorites yet, but he 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 Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

-- Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, Florida): Picked up a Notre Dame offer during his week-long visit to South Bend. McKenzie leaves Notre Dame today, and it would be somewhat surprising if he left campus without committing. He's also high on Kentucky and West Virginia, so he may take a couple more visits before deciding if he isn't Irish by the end of this week.

-- Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Florida): Teammate Mason Cole committed to Michigan, and the Wolverines appear to be the favorite, especially if he chooses to visit there this summer. Has visited Clemson so far in June, and has plans to see Michigan and Ohio State in July. Notre Dame is on the outside looking in at this point, but he doesn't plan on deciding until January.

-- Cameron Sims (Monroe, Louisiana): Favoring Alabama, but he's visiting Notre Dame this week. Irish are right in this one. LSU, Texas, and Georgia are also players. Staff visited Sims earlier this spring, and they're not stepping on the breaks for Sims.

-- Trevion Thompson (Durham, North Carolina): Has a top six that he hasn't released yet. Assuming it includes Clemson, Florida, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and West Virginia. He is visiting Notre Dame this weekend, and like Thomas-Williams, the Irish have a chance to make an impression the first time he visits campus.

-- Michiah Quick (Fresno, California): His top schools are Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC 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.

Top Irish Interests (as of June 18)

TE: Tyler Luatua

RB: Joe Mixon, then Donte-Thomas Williams or Curtis Samuel

WR: Corey Holmes, Michiah Quick, Malachi Dupre, then Josh Malone, Mark Andrews, Cameron Sims, Allen Lazard, Erik Brown, Isaiah McKenzie or Trevion Thompson

OL: Braden Smith, Damien Mama Top Stories