2015 prospects: safety

Notre Dame has offered 13 safeties thus far in the 2015 class. In part IIII of this series, the top targets at safety on Notre Dame's board are broken down, including numbers at said position the Irish are likely to take in the 2015 cycle.


Numbers (O'Malley): The 2014 roster includes seven safeties, one that exhausts eligibility at season's end. But with no safeties added in this cycle and just one, Max Redfield, in 2013, two would be recommended for 2015.

Three isn't out of the question if the staff plans to allow potential fifth-year players Eilar Hardy (2015) or John Turner (2016) to move on following graduation. Hardy broke into the starting lineup as a junior (redshirt-sophomore) last season, but two in-season suspensions likely don't sit will with the head man.

Prospects (Hickey): Notre Dame has offered 13 safeties thus far in 2015. (Prospects with stars before their names are players that could very plausibly end up Irish as their recruitment stands today).

Calvin Brewton (6'0", 175) From Miami, Fla., Brewton is a Florida State commit.

Shawn Burgess-Becker (6'2", 190) From Coconut Creek, Fla., Burgess-Becker has Alabama and Miami running in the front.

Justin Dunning (6'3", 190) From Whitehouse, Texas, Dunning is a Texas A&M commit.

Ben Edwards (6'0", 195) From Jacksonville, Fla., Edwards is an Ohio State commit.

Kaleel Gaines (5'11", 167) From Froostproof, Fla., Gaines is favoring Florida State and Ohio State.

***Nicco Fertitta (5'11", 200) From Las Vegas, Nev., Fertitta has already visited Notre Dame twice, and he has the Irish high on his list.

***James Locke (5'11", 195) From Beaumont, Texas, Notre Dame shot up Locke's list after the Irish offered. Locke is also very high on Notre Dame's board. He's also high on Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and he's seen a heavy influx of offers as of late.

Kendrell McFadden (6'3", 190) From Miramar, Fla., McFadden is a West Virginia commit.

***Prentice McKinney (6'2", 180) From Dallas, Texas, McKinney's top two are Notre Dame and Michigan. He has generated interest from Texas and Texas A&M but has not added offers from those in-state schools.

Larry Pryor (6'1", 190) From Sulphur Springs, Texas, Pryor is a Texas A&M commit.

Marvell Tell (6'2", 180) From Encino, Calif., Tell is currently high on UCLA and USC, though he doesn't plan on announcing until signing day.

Deionte Thompson (6'2", 175) From Orange, Texas, Thompson is an Alabama commit.

Deontai Williams (6'1.5", 175) From Deltona, Fla., Williams is a Florida commit.

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