Though the Irish could use additional depth on the defensive line, namely at defensive end, there isn't much to report in terms of gaining traction with a prospect at that position. Defensive lineman Joseph Wicker still plans to take an official to Notre Dame, though nothing has been planned.
OffenseThe most recent news on the wide receiver recruiting front involves a potential silent commit. Wide receiver Lawrence Cager of Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall was scheduled to visit Notre Dame last weekend on an official visit until, according to sources, he was informed that the position was full. Indications point to Notre Dame feeling very good about signing four-star wide out Equanimeous St. Brown of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, who will likely make a decision at the Under Armour All-America Game.
- Notre Dame could still land another pass catcher in this class if five-star tight end Alize Jones of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman opts to sign with the Irish over UCLA. He visited Notre Dame last weekend on an official visit, and the Irish gave him their best shot. This will likely come down to signing day.
- The Irish had hoped to be done recruiting running back much earlier this season when five-star running back Sotonye Jamabo talked of ending his recruitment in September or October. However, January is quickly approaching and he's still undecided. Notre Dame and UCLA seem to hold the lead for his services, though he's considered a UCLA lean. At this point, it appears the Irish's best shot of landing another running back lies in four-star Ronald Jones, who is down to USC and Notre Dame after recently announcing his decommitment from Oklahoma State.
Don't count out Miami commit Dexter Williams or Florida native Jordan Cronkrite yet, though neither currently project to sign with Notre Dame. Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn running back Keshawn Vaughn plans to take an official visit to Notre Dame the weekend of Jan. 23, and he's eyeing a signing day decision. Louisville is considered the front-runner, though Notre Dame has the opportunity to close that gap.
DefenseWith the latest addition of safety Mykelti Williams of Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central to the 2015 class, Notre Dame can breathe easier as it still aims to add another at the position. Four-star safety Frank Buncom will likely sign with Stanford, and four-star cornerback Ykili Ross is favoring the Trojans. Notre Dame's most likely options at adding at the position include three-star Ben Edwards, four-star Tyree Kinnel, three-star Nathan Meadows, three-star Gary Jennings and three-star Justin Reid.
Five-star defensive back Iman Marshall gave Notre Dame positive reviews following his official visit last weekend, though it's unlikely he'll end up Irish. Of those still in contention, Edwards is the smartest bet. Edwards, hailing from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy, is down to the Irish and the Cardinal, though he has plans to visit UCLA in January. Kinnel, a Michigan commit, will likely not make moves until Michigan names a new head coach. Reid has plans to officially visit Notre Dame the weekend of Jan. 23.
Note: Look for Notre Dame-centric previews of the Army All-American Game and Under Armour All-America Game following Christmas.