Big Board: Secondary

Inside is the July edition of where Notre Dame stands with recruiting its top prospects in the secondary. With five corners and safeties total already on board, does Notre Dame have room for more?

Notre Dame has filled its needs at secondary already for the 2015 class. With five on board, three cornerbacks and two safeties, Notre Dame will place more emphasis on running back, defensive end, linebacker and even wide receiver and quarterback heading into the fall season.

However, the Irish have the interest of a few elite prospects in the secondary, namely at corner, that would be too tough to pass up. It's also worth mentioning the emphasis Brian VanGorder places on cornerbacks in his defense will affect how Notre Dame recruits the position for years to come.

It's worth repeating that Notre Dame has 17 commitments in the 2015 class, and the Irish could take six to seven more to finish the class. Whether Notre Dame adds another in the secondary likely won't be discovered until close to February.


Five-star Iman Marshall (Long Beach, CA, Poly) - Marshall will take an official visit to Notre Dame this fall. The reputation of Notre Dame, both academically and on the field, appeal greatly to both Marshall and his father. Notre Dame could gain enough momentum this season with Marshall to pull him out of California.

Four-star Ykili Ross (Riverside, CA, Poly) - Ross visited Notre Dame this summer and had an outstanding time. He cited Notre Dame's atmosphere on campus as a primary reason he'll return for an official visit in the fall. Ross is also considering USC and UCLA.

Four-star John Reid (Philadelphia, PA, St. Joseph's Prep) - Reid visited Notre Dame in the spring, and he plans to take all five official visits this fall before reaching a final decision. Notre Dame is in a good spot to receive one of his five. He's also considering Alabama, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.

Three-star John Humphrey (League City, TX, Clear Falls) - After decommiting from Baylor last month, Humphrey has named Notre Dame to his top four, along with Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas. The Irish will receive an official in the fall. Humphrey is being recruited as an athlete and could also project as a wide out.


Five-star Kendall Sheffield (Fort Bend, TX, Marshall) - Sheffield is keeping things very close to the vest and has yet to name any standout schools. He's fresh off a visit to Alabama, though nothing else has been planned. It's a long-shot for Notre Dame to receive a visit from Sheffield at this point, but his status as an uncommitted elite prospect is worth a mention on this list.

Four-star Justin Tranquill (Fort Wayne, IN, Carroll) - Tranquill has yet to pick up an offer from Notre Dame, and interest on behalf of the Irish hasn't gained traction this summer like Tranquill had hoped. If Tranquill is to pick up an Irish offer, it likely won't occur until after the season. Top Stories