2015 prospects: defensive tackle

Notre Dame has offered nine defensive tackles thus far in the 2015 class. Inside is a breakdown of how many you can expect Notre Dame to target at the position in this class and where the Irish stand with the top prospects on their board.

Defensive Tackle

Numbers (O'Malley): A continued priority despite a late surge at the position that included three in the 2014 cycle. Reasonable minds could argue that the Irish have 10 viable defensive tackle/nose tackle prospects on the roster, nine of whom won't exhaust eligibility until at least the 2015 season (seven post-2016). Reasonable minds could likewise counter none from the group is a (healthy) proven, top-tier college player.

Two should be targeted and acquired in the upcoming cycle -- and that's the minimum number heretofore for the program to reclaim an annual spot among the nation's best.

Prospects (Hickey): Players with stars before their names are prospects that could very plausibly end up Irish as it stands with their recruitment today.

The Irish have offered nine defensive tackles thus far.

***Jacob Daniel (6'4", 298) From Fresno, Calif., Daniel, a former Washington commit, plans to narrow his list to seven after the spring. Even if he doesn't get a chance to visit Notre Dame in the next couple of weeks, the Irish are likely to make that list.

***Darrion Daniels (6'4", 275) From Dallas, Texas, Daniels is high on Baylor, but don't expect an early decision. Given Notre Dame's connections at Bishop Dunne, Daniels could visit Notre Dame before dwindling his list.

Daylon Mack (6'1.5", 306) From Gladewater, Texas, Mack is a Texas A&M commit.

***Kahlil McKenzie (6'4", 310) From Concord, Calif., McKenzie is not nearing a decision, but he added Notre Dame to his top ten once the Irish offered.

***T.D. Moton (6'4", 310) From Shreveport, La., Moton was one the of recruits that took in Notre Dame's win against Arizona State last season in Dallas, Texas. Moton is still exploding as a national recruit, but LSU could keep this former Texas A&M commit home. Still, it would not be surprising if the Irish were to receive a visit.

Tim Settle (6'3", 310) From Manassas, Va., Settle has plans to announce his decision at next year's Under Armour All-America Game. Schools in good position with him right now include Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia, but he has yet to name any official favorites.

Darvin Taylor II (6'4", 290) From Chester, Va., Taylor plans to commit before the start of his senior season. Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech are high on his list right now.

***Elijah Taylor (6'3", 274) From Cincinnati, Ohio, Taylor visited Notre Dame on junior day. Taylor was offered by Notre Dame last season when he and his family visited for the USC game. Taylor's top school is most likely Notre Dame, but he wants to visit other schools before he makes a decision. Michigan State is another school that's he's favoring.

Shy Tuttle (6'2", 295) From Lexington, N.C., Tuttle is favoring Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State and South Carolina.

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