Monday Recruiting Insider
1. Five commitments in eight days – and all on defense Notre Dame now has 13 commitments in the 2015 class, with the last five pledges all coming on the defensive side of the ball. It seems apparent emphasis on size has been replaced with speed and upside. And, it's not just the obvious 5-foot-9 electric Shaun Crawford that comes to mind. Point being - Though "speed" doesn't define defensive tackle commit Brandon Tiassum, the ability to move laterally does. He said it himself in a video interview with Scout.com – he's not Louis Nix, but with Notre Dame's new defensive scheme, he doesn't have to be. Consider too, defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway (6'4", 273), who likely projects inside on the line, but told Irisheyes in his commitment interview: "Coach (Mike) Elston said they are going to let me loose. He said that I could develop into a pass-rusher from the inside and really push the action outside of the pocket. There's no definite position for me yet on the line." Elston and Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder must now turn their attention to defensive ends after also adding defensive tackle Elijah Taylor over the weekend. Depending on the personnel Notre Dame adds at outside linebacker and how numbers shake out, Notre Dame could take one or two true pass-rushers. Prospects at the forefront right now: Keisean Lucier-South, Rasheem Green Jashon Cornell, Dre'Mont Jones, Neville Gallimore and Austin Bryant. I think it's important to point out the momentum Notre Dame added after quarterback Blake Barnett decommitted. Immediately Travis Waller became a viable prospect, and an impressive one at that. There's the obvious five commitments added to the docket. A notable list of visitors are slated to be on campus for Irish Invasion, and hardly a day has gone by in June without a high-profile visitor gracing his presence on campus. Even after Irish Invasion (June 20), Notre Dame is expecting some marquee visitors on campus this month, including five-stars linebacker John Houston and defensive end Rasheem Green. 2. Turning the attention to defensive backs, Notre Dame now has four on board. Safeties Prentice McKinney and Nicco Fertitta and cornerbacks Nick Coleman and Shaun Crawford make up the secondary class thus far. Though Notre Dame is set at the position depth-wise, it's possible the Irish could add another versatile defensive back that would contribute to special teams in a big way. Names to know right now: Kendall Sheffield, Iman Marshall, Ykili Ross, John Reid, Mook Reynolds, James Locke and Justin Tranquill. An addition to this position more than likely wouldn't occur until well into the fall. 3. June has seen a number of high profile visitors so far, and Notre Dame's elite camp is still yet to come. Notre Dame couldn't have done better impressing elite prospects running back Soso Jamabo and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. Jamabo will likely return for an official in the fall, and Brown has already scheduled his Notre Dame official for the Stanford game. Linebacker Asmar Bilal named the Irish his leader after visiting, and it's not far-fetched to say a summer decision could be on tap. Linebacker Justin Hilliard visited Notre Dame two weekends ago with his mother, and he could visit Notre Dame again next week, or he could visit Ohio State. His decision coming at the end of this month or the beginning of next month will likely come down between those two teams. It's too tough of a call at this point to give the nod to either team. Wide receiver Miles Boykin stayed overnight at Notre Dame last weekend, his fourth visit to South Bend since January. He will release a top five next month and announce a commitment in August. Notre Dame and Michigan are the favorites. A camp preview will be released later this week. 4. The top prospects at each position are as follows: (Likely numbers to be ADDED in addition to the current commits on board are in parenthesis) (1) QB – Travis Waller, Deondre Francois (2) RB – Damien Harris, Jacques Patrick, Soso Jamabo, Dexter Williams, Ty'Son Williams (2) WR – Miles Boykin, Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Lovette, Ryan Newsome, Alex Ofodile (0-1) TE – Chris Clark (0) OL – Filled (1-2) DL – Rasheem Green, Keisean Lucier-South, Jashon Cornell, Dre'Mont Jones, Austin Bryant, Neville Gallimore (2-3) LB – John Houston, Justin Hilliard, Asmar Bilal, Te'Von Coney, Porter Gustin, Osa Masina, Cassius Peat, Adonis Thomas, Jerome Baker (0-1) CB – Filled (Kendall Sheffield, Iman Marshall, Ykili Ross, John Reid) (0-1)– Filled (Justin Tranquill) The target number of prospects Notre Dame wishes to take in 2015 is somewhat murky right now, but one more scholarship will likely open up in the near future due to the arrest of running back/wide receiver Will Mahone. A projection is the Irish take 22-24 prospects in this class.
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