Top 10 on the board
Notre Dame has gained three commitments within the last two weeks. Safeties Prentice McKinney and Nicco Fertitta and wide receiver Jalen Guyton have brought Notre Dame's 2015 commit total to six. With the Blue & Gold game less than a week away, more could pop for the Irish in the near future. Click here to see the visit list for next Saturday as well as for the remainder of spring. For refresher purposes, here's a numbers' breakdown of how many at each position Notre Dame would ideally like to take in its 2015 class. QB - 1 (Blake Barnett), RB - 2, TE - 1, WR - 3 (Jalen Guyton), OL - 3 (Jerry Tillery, Tristen Hoge) CB - 2, S - 2 (Jalen Guyton, Nicco Fertitta), MLB - 2, OLB - 1/2, DE - 1/2 DT - 2 Of the prospects that Notre Dame has offered in 2015, the top 10 (alphabetically) most likely to choose the Irish... 1. Four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, Indiana) - Bilal reeled in a Notre Dame offer upon visiting campus last weekend. Bilal said the Irish like him as an outside linebacker, though he could project inside as well. He's in no rush to commit, and he hasn't tipped his hand in favor of any specific schools just yet. However, Notre Dame will recruit Bilal hard, especially after missing out on fellow in-state linebacker Josh Barajas and seemingly choosing to pass on in-state linebacker Darrin Kirkland. Bilal will ride out the recruiting process this spring and evaluate his options this summer. Irish should be in contention all the way to the end. 2. Four-star wide receiver Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Illinois) - Evidenced by his frequent trips to South Bend (three times since November), Boykin considers Notre Dame one of his top schools. Boykin recently picked up an offer from Florida, and he visited Michigan this past weekend for the spring game, but did not pick up an offer. Notre Dame could add its second wide out in this class within the next month or so. 3. Four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (Anaheim, California) - St. Brown recently named a top three of Notre Dame, Stanford and USC. He's not likely to decide soon, and the Irish should receive an official visit. 4. 4-star tight end Chris Clark (Avon, Ohio) - A North Carolina commit and Notre Dame legacy, Clark visited Notre Dame two weekends ago with his parents and had a great time. He visits Michigan and Ohio State in upcoming weeks and then plans to announce a final decision among those four. Not an easy read, Clark could be a wildcard and could end up at any schools left on his list. 5. 4-star defensive end Jashon Cornell (Saint Paul, Minnesota) 0 Since visiting Mississippi State in late February, Cornell has been very quiet on the recruiting front. It's a Notre Dame - Michigan battle at this point, and the Irish are confident they'll land him. 6. Four-star linebacker Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Hilliard visited Alabama last weekend, and he visits Notre Dame this upcoming weekend (second time this spring) for the Blue & Gold game. He recently announced a top 10 that included Notre Dame, as well as Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State. Irish are in a favorable position, but they undoubtedly have some stiff competition. 7. Four-star wide receiver Ryan Newsome (Aledo, Texas) - Newsome was high on the Irish when Notre Dame first offered in late February, and it's a big sign he's serious about finding out more by the fact he's making an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend for the spring game. 8. Four-star linebacker Cassius Peat (Tempe, Arizona) - Peat plans to visit this summer, and he's already scheduled an official to Notre Dame to see the Irish play Stanford in the fall. With defensive end/outside linebacker numbers not at a premium in this cycle, and Hilliard, Cornell, Bilal Peat could be one to slide off the radar after summer. However, he's high on the Irish at this point and worth including on this list. 9. Four-star cornerback John Reid (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) - Reid is favoring Notre Dame, though he's not likely to make an early decision. Michigan State is another school in strong contention, though the Irish are the favorite. 10. Four-star defensive tackle Elijah Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio) - With recent offers from Miami and Ohio State, Taylor May opt to hold off a spring commitment. However, he's visiting Notre Dame this weekend (third time since the fall), and it's also viable that he commit to the Irish then. Missing the top 10 cut: Running back Dexter Williams, cornerback Josh Butler, defensive end Darrion Daniels, tight end Will Gragg, athlete John Humphrey, wide receiver Cordell Broadus, offensive guard Zach Robertson, defensive end Scott Patchan, cornerback Dechaun Holiday, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, cornerback James Locke Note: On Tuesday and Wednesday, look for a more in-depth summary of Notre Dame's top prospects on offense and defense.
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