Recruiting notes & weekend preview
Notre Dame hosts its annual end of season banquet this weekend, officially known as the University of Notre Dame Football Awards Show or ECHOES | 14. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. EST in the lobby of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (provided by Ruth's Chris Steak House) will be served. The actual program, which will be hosted by Mike Mayock and Skylar Diggins, will start at 8 p.m. EST. Notre Dame will host key visitors on the recruiting front this weekend as it takes one step closer to finding the missing pieces of its 2015 class. 2015 commits scheduled to be in attendance: OLB Josh Barajas OLB Asmar Bilal WR Miles Boykin CB Nick Coleman CB Shaun Crawford DT Micah Dew-Treadway S Nicco Fertitta OG Tristen Hoge OG Trevor Ruhland DT Elijah Taylor DT Brandon Tiassum S Ashton White QB Brandon Wimbush 2015 targets scheduled to be in attendance: - Three-star running back Jordan Cronkrite (Miami, Fla., Westminster Christian) - A former Miami commit, Cronkrite is considering Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame and West Virginia. The Mountaineers likely hold the edge. - UAB running back Jordan Howard (Gardendale, Ala., High) - Class of 2013 running back Jordan Howard will visit Notre Dame this weekend as he's exploring his options following the end of UAB's program. He was scheduled to visit Wisconsin this weekend but cancelled after the departure of head coach Gary Anderson. Howard visited Indiana last weekend. In his second season at UAB, Howard rushed for 1,587 yards and 13 touchdowns, which tied a school record. That also helped him earn the distinction of becoming UAB's' third all-time leading rusher in two seasons. - Three-star safety Gary Jennings (Stafford, Va., Colonial Forge) - Jennings is still considering a number of schools, including Notre Dame, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. A decision here does not appear imminent, and things are rather wide open. It's worth noting that Notre Dame is recruiting Jennings for defense, and Jennings has said in previous interviews he prefers offense. - Five-star cornerback Alize Jones (Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman) - A UCLA commit, Jones is highly considering Notre Dame. This weekend will go a long ways in determining if Notre Dame can sway him from the Bruins. This is a decision that won't likely be finalized until signing day. - Four-star safety Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne) - A Michigan commit, Kinnel finalized his visit with Notre Dame this weekend after receiving an in-home visit from Irish assistant Mike Elston on Wednesday. Until Kinnel visits Notre Dame and until Michigan names a head coach, it's tough deciperhing the Irish's chances here. - Five-star cornerback Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif., Poly) - This will be Marshall's first official visit. He's also considering Florida State, Oregon and UCLA, though it would be a shock if Marshall ends up anywhere but USC. - Four-star running back Ronald Jones (McKinney, Texas, McKinney North) - An Oklahoma State commit, Jones is also considering USC and Notre Dame. He took his official visit to USC last weekend. Notre Dame likes its chances here, especially if this weekend visit is a home run for Jones and his family.
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