Big Board: Cornerback

A breakdown of Notre Dame's top cornerback prospects in 2015, including insight into where Notre Dame stands with four-star prospect Shaun Crawford.

Notre Dame has two safeties on board - Prentice McKinney and Nicco Fertitta. To round out its defensive back crop for this class, two cornerbacks are likely to be added.

No doubt the name of late for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail has been former Michigan four-star cornerback commit, Shaun Crawford. The Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward product maintained rather constant communication with the Irish staff throughout his commitment to Michigan, which occurred last August.

To recap, Crawford visited Notre Dame with his father two weeks ago, and he shortly thereafter became a Michigan decommit. With new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on board, Crawford and his dad seem fully invested in seriously considering Notre Dame. However, Ohio State is still making a run at Crawford (and Michigan - though to a lesser extent), and he was scheduled to visit Columbus last weekend but cancelled last minute.

The Irish are in the drivers' seat here, and an Irish commitment sooner than later wouldn't surprise. I could see Crawford visiting Notre Dame again, and perhaps Ohio State, and making a final decision for the Irish after that.

To round out the remaining of top cornerback prospects, in order of prospects' ranking:

1. John Reid (Philadelphia, Pa., St. Joseph's Prep) - Reid visited Notre Dame this spring and has been one of Notre Dame's top prospects at the position for a while. He's planning on coming out with a top five or ten this month, and Notre Dame should make the cut. Penn State, UCLA, Alabama and LSU should also make the cut.

2. Stanley Norman (Gardena, Calif.) Junipero Serra - Norman isn't naming favorites, though it could be a tough pull to get him to leave the west coast. Notre Dame would have to land an official visit in order to stay in contention.

3. Ykili Ross (Riverside, Calif., Poly) - Ross is visiting Notre Dame for Irish Invasion. USC and UCLA should be the frontrunners right now, but the Irish at least have a shot of picking up some momentum when he comes to town.

4. Josh Butler (Mesquite, Texas, West Mesquite) - Butler is staying rather quiet about his recruitment, although he has formerly expressed interest in the Irish. However, Notre Dame would need to push for a summer visit as Butler is contemplating making a commitment after a round of visits these next couple of months.

5. Mook Reynolds (Greensboro, N.C., Northern Guilford) - A Virginia Tech commit, Reynolds plans on visiting Notre Dame this summer. If Notre Dame presses hard to land Reynolds, the chances are good he seriously contemplates the switch. Notre Dame may have locked up their two spots, however, by the time he's ready to flip.

6. James Locke (Beaumont, Texas, Central Senior) - After blowing up on the recruiting trail, look for Locke to trim in list by the end of summer. He's making a west coast swing in the coming months. It would be surprising if Notre Dame doesn't make his first cut. Oregon and Baylor are also in good position.

7. Nick Coleman (Kettering, Ohio, Archbishop Alter) - Notre Dame "shocked" Coleman with an offer last week. There is a good possibility he visits this summer. Michigan State has since offered Coleman as well. The Irish are in the drivers' seat here.

Other notable offers: Kendall Sheffield (a long shot for showing up to Irish Invasion, but a possibility nonetheless), Iman Marshall, Tavarus McFadden (left Notre Dame off his recent list of favorites), Isaiah Langley, Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama commit), Holton Hill, Jordan Whitehead, P.J. Mbanasor (Oklahoma commit), Cameron Ordway, Xavier Lewis, Micah Abernathy, Tim Irvin, Jaylon Lane (Oklahoma State commit), John Humphrey (Baylor commit), Javarius Davis


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