Inside is a breakdown of where Notre Dame stands with its top defensive line prospects in 2015, including a look at the numbers Notre Dame is expected to add both on the interior and outside.
Defensive end (2)
Four-star Andrew Butcher
– A Tennessee commit, Butcher was offered this spring, and should he decide to open things up at any point, Notre Dame
could get a look.
Four-star Jashon Cornell
– Notre Dame's top prospect at the position, Cornell planned on visiting Saturday night but due to the Chicago NFTC ending at a late time, he didn't make it. Notre Dame will still push for a visit this spring. Cornell is also seriously considering Iowa and Michigan. He plans to announce his final decision in late August and will announce his top ten on Sunday.
Above: Jashon Cornell
Five-star Rasheem Green
– Green has expressed interest in Notre Dame, but he will be a tough steal from USC and UCLA.
Four-star Keisean Lucier-South
– Lucier-South stays in consistent touch with Mike Denbrock. He doesn't plan to narrow his list until the end of summer, but LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, USC are recruiting him hardest.
Four-star Natrez Patrick
– He's camping at Notre Dame this summer with his team. Patrick has a top five of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia, but Notre Dame doesn't rank far behind.
Other notable offers: Austin Bryant
, Louis Brown
(Baylor commit), Byron Cowart
, Hjalte Frohldt, CeCe Jefferson
, James Lockhart
, Scott Patchan
(Miami commit), Darian Roseboro
Depending on how many outside linebackers Notre Dame adds in this class, it could survive with only taking one end in this class. Obviously, Cornell is prospect No. 1 on the board, and the Irish would hold out for him for as long as necessary, though they'll likely know one way or the other before the start of the season.
Defensive tackle (2)
Four-star Jacob Daniel
– Notre Dame made his top 11 list in March. He's very comfortable with USC, but he maintains he's open to anyone in his top 11 right now. A visit could potentially occur this summer.
Four-star Darrion Daniels
– Daniels maintains consistent contact with the Irish staff. He is open right now and likes Notre Dame, but in the end it's going to be a tough battle going against the Big 12.
Four-star Kahlil McKenzie
– Notre Dame offered in mid-February and moved into his top 10 list. McKenzie is worth monitoring this summer to see if he makes moves to set up a visit, official or otherwise.
Four-star Elijah Taylor
– Taylor has been high on Notre Dame since being offered in the fall. He last visited for the Blue-Gold game, and it was possible, though not likely, he could have committed to Notre Dame then. Count me in the boat as being surprised if Taylor does not end up Irish before the start of the fall season.
Four-star Darvin Taylor II
– From Chester, Virginia, Taylor was offered by Notre Dame in mid-March. Though he doesn't plan on deciding any time soon, the Irish did jump in late for this national prospect. Florida State and Virginia Tech are going to be tough to be out, but Taylor says he's remaining open at this point. Notre Dame would likely need to push for an unofficial this summer if it's going to receive an official visit in the fall.
Other notable offers: Daylon Mack (A&M commit), T.D. Moton, Tim Settle
Notre Dame needs to take two interior defensive linemen in this class. The staff feels confident, in my opinion, about where it stands with Elijah Taylor, even if he takes his recruitment into the summer months. After Taylor, things are more wide open. I wouldn't be surprised to see an influx of offers go out at the position this summer.