Recruiting notes & weekend preview

An in-depth preview of the 2015 targets slated to be on campus this weekend as Notre Dame football hosts its annual awards show, plus a summarization of Notre Dame's top prospects at priority positions in 2015.

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.

A glance at the bigger picture

Total 2015 commitments: 21 (1 QB, 1 RB, 3 WR, 3 OL, 4 DL, 4 DB, 4 LB, 1 K)
Likely to still add: 3-4
Positions of need: DB, DE, RB, WR

Top targets at each position - listed in a general order of most likely to least likely to pledge Irish:

Defensive back

- 3-star S Ben Edwards
- 4-star CB Ykili Ross
- 4-star S Tyree Kinnel
- 4-star CB Frank Buncom
- 3-star CB Gary Jennings
- 3-star S Nathan Meadors
- 5-star CB Iman Marshall
- 4-star CB Calvin Brewton
- 3-star S Hunter Dale

Running back

- 4-star Ronald Jones

- 5-star Sotonye Jamabo
- 4-star Dexter Williams
- 4-star Jordan Cronkrite
- 4-star Nicholas Brossette
- 4-star Cameron Scarlett
- 3-star Kendall Bussey

Defensive line

- 4-star DE Porter Gustin
- 4-star DE Christian Wilkins
- 4-star DT/DE Joseph Wicker
Wide receiver

- 5-star TE Alize Jones

- 4-star Equanimeous St. Brown

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