IrishEyes.com breaks down Notre Dame's top remaining prospects on offense as we turn the page to December, including projections of numbers and names as additions to the 2014 recruiting haul.
The targets on board on offense for the Irish as the two-month mark before National Signing Day approaches are primarily elite players that hold offers from the nation's top programs. In fact, Notre Dame
is going head-to-head the most with Alabama for key recruits on offense.
With eight commitments on offense solidly on the docket for this recruiting cycle, the Irish are in the hunt for at least eight additional prospects on O. Below the key names at each position, you'll find a projection of who and where the Irish are expected to add on offense.
The contact period for 2014 recruits began Sunday, December 1. The staff is now allowed to conduct in-home visits and can make unlimited phone calls to seniors.
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Top Tight End Targets
-- 4-star Tyler Luatua
(La Mirada, California): Luatua, who has long held Notre Dame as his stand-alone favorite privately, has a public top two of Alabama and Notre Dame. It's conceivable he could take a visit to UCLA before deciding, but it's also likely he could become Irish shortly after Notre Dame assistant Mike Denbrock conducts an in-home with Luatua today (Tuesday). If he doesn't pull the trigger for Notre Dame this week, I still expect it to happen before the year is over.
-- 4-star Dalton Schultz
(South Jordan, Utah): Schultz will receive a visit from the staff next week (likely from his primary recruiter Bob Elliott), and he's also set his official to Notre Dame for this upcoming weekend. However, Schultz is Stanford's to lose at this point.
Top Offensive Line Targets
-- 5-star offensive tackle Braden Smith
(Olathe, Kansas): Smith will take officials to TCU, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. It appears as if TCU holds the lead.
Top Wide Receiver Targets
-- 5-star Michiah Quick
(Fresno, California): His top schools are Alabama, California, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC. The belief is that he's favoring Alabama and Oklahoma right now, but Notre Dame is certainly in the mix. Quick will likely receive a visit from Denbrock later this week. He has no decision timeline, and it's likely he will wait until Signing Day to announce.
-- 4-star Erik Brown
(Fontana, California): Before Brown switched his pledge from Washington to California, he strongly considered Notre Dame. Bob Elliott stopped by to see him on Monday, so the Irish are still vying for his services.
-- 4-star Allen Lazard
(Urbandale, Iowa): An Iowa State commit and legacy, Lazard publicly seems to be dismissing any notion of a possible switch to Notre Dame. Bob Elliott will see Lazard in Iowa today (Tuesday), though at this point he appears very firm to Iowa State.
-- 3-star Charles Nelson
(Daytona Beach, Florida): Nelson will be taking his official to Notre Dame the banquet weekend, Dec. 13. He's also considering Florida and South Carolina (no offer). If he likes what he sees in two weekends at Notre Dame, it's possible he could want to pull the trigger then, but the staff may advise him to hold off until the official word comes through on Isaiah McKenzie
*** 3-star Isaiah McKenzie is still waiting on high enough test scores to be considered an official Notre Dame commit. He will visit Rutgers this upcoming weekend. It's doubtful Alford will visit him this week when he's in Florida, and the Irish are asking McKenzie to hold off on his official visit until his scores are cleared.
Where Will the Irish Add?
Total commitments: 19 (20, pending McKenzie test scores)
Offense commitments: 8 (1 QB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 4 OL)
Need: 1 RB
Luxury: 5th OL, 2nd TE, 3rd/4th WR
Likely to add, as it looks right now: 2 WR, 1 TE
Next addition: Tight end Tyler Luatua
Best estimation of who else jumps on board: Luatua, McKenzie and/or Nelson