Where things stand
Notre Dame has had three home games thus far in 2013, and the only uncommitted 2014 prospect with an offer in attendance has been athlete Drue Tranquill when he visited for the Michigan State game. However, when the Irish welcome USC to town, the visit list includes a majority of the prospects Notre Dames wishes to add to its 2014 class. In other words, if things stay relatively quiet up until the weekend of Oct. 19, there should be a spiked influx of news, whether positive or not, in just a few weeks. 2014 visitors confirmed for Oct. 19: OL Damien Mama TE Tyler Luatua S Juju Smith WR Isaiah McKenzie WR Michiah Quick WR Erik Brown DT Matt Elam S Payton Hendrix CB Nick Watkins RB Bo Scarborough The deal with running back: Still somewhat a mystery, the Irish seem to have cooled on the uncommitted prospects such as Joe Mixon and Donte Thomas-Williams. It appears as if the No. 1 target has become Alabama commit Bo Scarborough of Brandenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. Scarborough is set to visit Notre Dame on Oct. 19 (official visit), and he'll also likely take officials to Florida, Florida State and Georgia. Scarborugh addressed earlier this season what he's looking for specifically in South Bend: "(I'll be looking at if) I feel comfortable there, do they have anything to offer me, are they going to take care of me while I'm hours away from home, the offensive line, and who they have coming in." Running back Nathan Starks of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman remains a distant (but not erased) memory. He's been in contact with the Irish some this season, but Oklahoma holds a firm lead at this point. Whether the Sooners' lead for Starks is a mere by-product of where Notre Dame has drawn the line with Starks or not, it would be somewhat of a surprise if he ended up committing to Notre Dame based on where things stand today.
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