With a plethora of targets and offers circulating in the 2015 circuit for Notre Dame, Irisheyes.com provides an overview of Notre Dame's top prospects, including specific numbers the Irish would like to add at each position.
expects to take between 16-18 players in the 2015 class. In our 2015 prospects series, Irisheyes.com broke down the offers extended at each position, with certain emphasis on the prospects Notre Dame has an above average chance of landing.
Still early in the recruiting cycle, here's a broader view of the top Irish prospects in mid-March.
The number in parenthesis is the ideal number(s) that the Irish would like to take at each position.
Notre Dame has already secured its quarterback for this class…. a great job by the staff to get dual threat signal-caller Blake Barnett
of California on board, who has since hauled in offers from Alabama and Michigan.
Running back (2)
One would suffice, but two with different running styles and unique strengths would be ideal.
Notre Dame has offered 11 running backs in the 2015 class, including four from Florida. Dexter Williams
has the Irish in his top group, as does T.J. Simmons
, both hailing from the Sunshine State. Andre Robinson
has yet to add Notre Dame to his offer list, but should he do so, the Irish would be in great position to land him.
Wide receiver (3)
Notre Dame has offered 13 wide outs in the 2015 class, and the Irish are in good standing with a number of key prospects including Miles Boykin
, Cordell Broadus
, Jalen Guyton
, John Humphrey
, Malik Lovette
, Ryan Newsome
, Alex Ofodile
and Equanimeous St. Brown.
Tight end (1)
Depending on the skill sets of the wide receivers Notre Dame signs, the need to sign a tight end fluctuates. Notre Dame has offered four tight ends in this class, with Chris Clark
looking like the only viable option at this time.
Offensive line (3)
Notre Dame has already secured commitments from two offensive linemen in tackle Jerry Tillery
and guard Tristen Hoge
, so that leaves the Irish looking to take one more offensive lineman. Matthew Burrell
(tackle), Jake Fruhmorgen
(tackle), Reno Rosene
(tackle) and Zach Robertson
(guard). Burrell is likely to visit this spring, and Roberston has named the Irish one of his leaders.
Notre Dame has offered 13 cornerbacks in this class. Shaun Crawford
(Michigan commit) Minkah Fitzpatrick
, Isaiah Langley
, Iman Marshall
and John Reid
are the likeliest options at said position currently.
Notre Dame has offered 13 safeties in this class, and Nicco Fertitta
, James Locke
and Prentice McKinney
all have Notre Dame in their top groups, with Notre Dame the outright leader for McKinney.
Middle linebacker (2)
The Irish have offered three inside linebackers in the 2015 class, but aren't currently in ideal position for any. However, should the Irish offer in-state Asmar Bilal
, Notre Dame would likely become his leader. Bilal is still planning on visiting Notre Dame at some point this spring. Note: Bilal could project at either inside or outside at this point.
Outside linebacker (2)
Notre Dame has offered eight outside linebackers in 2015 class, with the Irish in good position for Josh Barajas
, Justin Hilliard
and Cassius Peat
. Peat will visit Notre Dame for the spring game and again the fall for Notre Dame's game against Stanford.
Defensive tackle (2)
Notre Dame has offered 12 defensive tackles. High on the Irish right now are Jacob Daniel
, Darrion Daniels
, Kahlil McKenzie
, Elijah Taylor
and Christian Wilkins
Defensive end (1)
Notre Dame has offered nine defensive ends thus far, with the Irish in nice position to land Jashon Cornell
, Rasheem Green
, Keisean Lucier-South
, James Lockhart
, Scott Patchan
, and Natrez Patrick