A preview of the top names attendance at Notre Dame's junior day on Saturday, March 1, including who's likely to receive an offer and who could potentially commit.
The nation's No. 5 ranked outside linebacker Justin Hilliard
of Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier is the top ranked player of the group of players that will be in attendance at Notre Dame
's junior day on Saturday, March 1. Also present will be some of the top Midwest talent, including wide receiver Miles Boykin
and defensive tackle Elijah Taylor
as well as top Indiana specific talent, including linebacker Josh Barajas
***Players with stars before their names are prospects headlining junior day
- Four-star outside 'backer of Merrillville's Andrean who could feasibly pick up an Irish offer this weekend. Barajas also holds offers from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. Barajas is ranked as the No. 16 outside linebacker in the class of 2015 and is the third ranked player overall in the state of Indiana behind fellow linebackers Darrin Kirkland
and Asmar Bilal
, both of whom are also receiving preliminary Irish interest as well. If offered, Barajas would be the first player in Indiana to receive a Notre Dame offer in 2015.
- Three-star defensive end of Avon, Indiana who holds offers from Ball State and Indiana
- Three-star offensive tackle of Indianapolis' Bishop Chatard who holds offers from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue.
- Three-star middle linebacker of Indianapolis' Pike who recently picked up his first offer from Illinois.
- Three-star offensive tackle of Indianapolis' Bishop Chatard who holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue and Toledo.
- Three-star offensive lineman of Indianapolis' Park Tudor who holds one offer from Indiana.
- Four-star safety of Fort Wayne's Carroll, Justin is the younger brother of 2014 Irish signee Drue Tranquill
. It's possible Tranquill could add an Irish offer this weekend. He already holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Toledo.
- Three-star safety of Indianapolis' Warren Central, Williams has been quiet on the recruiting trail thus far, but he holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Ole Miss and Purdue.
Three to know
- Boykin will return to Notre Dame for a second time this spring when he visits tomorrow. He visited earlier in the month for a Notre Dame basketball game. Boykin, a four-star wide out from New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic, Notre Dame is likely to extend an offer to the hybrid 6-foot-5 athlete this weekend. Notre Dame should become the team to beat if that offer is extended. He also holds offers from the likes of Kentucky, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. Look for Notre Dame to take two wide outs in this class. If Boykin were to join, a slot man would be targeted in the future, especially if four-star tight end legacy Chris Clark
of Avon, Conn. decides to go Irish.
- This will be Hilliard's third visit to Notre Dame already. The outside linebacker hasn't named favorites, but Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are schools high on his list. Not just a Midwest recruit, Hilliard also holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Florida Miami, Oklahoma, South Carolina and USC. The Irish would hold out for Hilliard should he decide to make his commitment late in the process, even if an outside linebacker is already on board.
- The four-star defensive tackle from Cincinnati's Archbishop Moeller could potentially commit to Notre Dame on Saturday. Taylor received an offer from Notre Dame in the fall when he visited campus for the USC game with his family. Michigan State is also high on his list. Notre Dame plans on taking two-three interior defensive linemen in this cycle.
Couple more to know
- Three-star running back from Hamilton (Mo.) Penney, Overstreet is looking for his first offer.
- Three-star offensive tackle from Cary (Ill.) Cary-Grove Community, Ruhland has offers from Duke, Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern.