1. It's worth reviewing where Notre Dame stands with running backs (and slot wide outs). The Irish have come on strong for a number of talented prospects in a short period of time. Notre Dame wants to take two running backs in this class.
Josh Adams of Warrington (Pa.) Central Bucks made my list three weeks ago as one of the running backs Notre Dame would land. Both Harry Hiestand and Tony Alford are leading the way in his recruitment. Adams said he would ideally make a decision before his senior year. Though Stanford and Pittsburgh are attempting to make a solid run at Adams, Notre Dame's biggest competition here is still Penn State. Adams is most familiar with Penn State at this point, but I think there's an opportune situation for momentum to swing in Notre Dame's favor once he gets on campus, which should be at some point in June.
Ty'Son Williams of Crestwood (S.C.) Sumter named Notre Dame to his top five (Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin). I spoke with him recently and he doesn't think he'll make it to campus for the Irish Invasion camp in June, but he does plan on visiting another time. Williams has a very solid relationship with Alford, and he's not tied to the South.
Mike Weber of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech doesn't have an offer, but things could be headed that way. He's a name to keep a watchful eye on.
Sotonye Jamabo of Plano (Texas) Plano West wants get a good look at Notre Dame this summer. He could very well visit for Irish Invasion on June 20.
In the last edition of Monday Recruiting Insider, I said Blake Barnett would not be the only prospect from California to go Irish this year. But, I wasn't envisioning wide receiver C.J. Sanders when I said that.
The names in mind - Equanimeous St. Brown, Dechaun Holiday, Isaiah Langley, Malik Lovette, Keisean Lucier-South, John Houston and Rasheem Green. Lovette may be the most likely to go Irish out of that group. He's being recruited by Notre Dame to play slot wide receiver.Christian Kirk of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Sagurao continues to build rapport with Notre Dame. It's early, but I definitely like him as one of the blue-chips prospects taking an official visit in the fall.
Ryan Newsome of Aledo (Texas) High is visiting Notre Dame officially this fall for the Stanford game with his parents. He was offered by Alabama last week and continues to be a hot commodity around the country.
2. If you're looking for the next commitment, there's not an obvious name that stands out right now. Tight end Chris Clark will announce his decision at The Opening in July, though that decision may not stick. Notre Dame is likely behind Ohio State and Michigan here. Defensive tackle Elijah Taylor is staying the course and Ohio State is making up ground here on Notre Dame, but I don't expect a commitment anywhere before June. Wide receiver Miles Boykin is putting out feelers for Ohio State, Michigan State and Florida, but I still like Notre Dame here, even if his recruitment carries into the fall.
3. Keep in mind that Notre Dame is one of those few programs that can come on strong late in the game for high profile prospects. Notre Dame's reputation stands the test of time when expectations of BCS bowls fall by the wayside for other programs in October and November. Jacques Patrick, Chris Clark, Kendall Sheffield, Dexter Williams, Christian Kirk, Shaun Crawford, Tarvarus McFadden, Torrance Gibson, Sotonye Jamabo, A HREF=//notredame.scout.com/a.z?s=109&p=8&c=1&nid=6148882>Iman Marshall are a few names that come to mind. Point being, if Notre Dame doesn't make the cut for some of these elite names entering June or other programs seem in much better position, there's a good chance Notre Dame's not eliminated from the race, even if the prospects don't know it yet themselves.
4. So far, Notre Dame is likely done at quarterback (one), offensive line (three) and safety (two). Notre Dame wants to take two cornerbacks, two running backs, and two defensive tackles. Two wide receivers are on board. That brings the total so far to 14. It's my opinion they can be more flexible on the following:
Tight end (0/1), Defensive end (1/2), Wide receiver (3/4), and Linebacker (3/4).
The Irish could conceivably take five defensive backs in this class, if they decide to offer Justin Tranquill, the younger brother of 2014 commit Drue Tranquill.
Extra points: Cornerback Jaylon Lane of Nacodoches (Texas) High committed to Oklahoma State on Sunday night. At one point, he had named Notre Dame his leader.
Having eight players drafted in the NFL draft further adds to Notre Dame's recruiting arsenal. Only Alabama and LSU had as many as Notre Dame. Those three programs also had the most combine invites. As pointed out by Scout.com recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg, 48 percent of players drafted in the 2014 NFL draft are from four states - California, Texas, Florida and Georgia.