Cornerback Terrence Alexander (River Ridge, Louisiana) - Alexander, though Notre Dame express interest late here, is giving the Irish a fair chance. He has a top three of Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Stanford and will take officials to all three schools this month.Defensive tackle Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, New York) - A Penn State commit, Holley is likely to stay with the Nittany Lions at this point. However, if interim coach Larry Johnson leaves the program, Holley could look around, especially at Florida and Notre Dame, though I would give the advantage to the Gators in that case. Offensive lineman Braden Smith (Olathe, Kansas) - Smith is taking an official visit to Notre Dame the weekend of Jan. 17. He also is taking officials to Auburn, TCU and Texas A&M. The five-star offensive lineman is generally thought to be a solid lean to TCU at this point, but I don't think it's quite a done deal as many think. These upcoming official visits will be huge for Smith. Tight end Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah) - Schultz, Scout.com's No. 1 ranked tight end, is a favorite to head to Stanford, but Notre Dame is making it known it would gladly add a third tight end in this cycle should Schultz want to jump on board. Notre Dame provided Schultz with a great official visit in December. Schultz still has an official visit to Stanford on his schedule before he makes his final decision. Wide receiver Erik Brown (Fontana, California) - A California commit, Brown is still hearing from Notre Dame. Should McKenzie, Nelson and Quick fall off the board, Notre Dame could make his offer a committable one.
Hitting the home stretch
The Irish have addressed their pressing needs on the recruiting trail, especially with the newest addition to the class, five-star middle linebacker Nyles Morgan. A huge get in terms of both talent and filling a need on the depth chart, it's possible Morgan could be the final piece of this 2014 recruiting haul. With that said, Notre Dame is still in the hunt for eight more prospects. The Irish have 23 already on board. Here's a look at who else could join this recruiting class: Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, Florida) - With grades still a question, McKenzie is not considered a verbal commit by the Notre Dame staff. McKenzie has taken the SAT, and now the waiting game is will his transcript (including senior year first semester) and standardized test score be enough to pass Notre Dame admissions. Wide receiver Charles Nelson (Daytona Beach, Florida) - Nelson took an official visit to Notre Dame in December, and he'll visit West Virginia and USC in January when the dead period ends. Nelson is the back-up plan to McKenzie, and he won't likely make a decision until closer to Signing Day. It's been hard to get a read on Nelson, who could be downplaying his excitement for the Irish until he finds out if he controls his own destiny in that regard. Depending on how the official visit pans out, USC could end up being the team to beat for Nelson. Wide receiver Michiah Quick (Fresno, California) - Quick is still considering Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and USC, though Oklahoma and UCLA are the likely leaders. Quick still has official visits planned to UCLA and USC, and he's a Signing Day decision. Brian Kelly has yet to have his in-home with Quick, and he'll need a knock-out visit (and likely more) in order to bring Quick to Notre Dame.
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