Purcell Pavilion will not only host its first Top 10 matchup in more than a decade tonight, it will also turn into a recruiting platform for Mike Brey with an elite recruiting target.
Five-star center Caleb Swanigan is expected to attend tonight when No. 8 Notre Dame hosts No. 4 Duke, a source informed Irish Illustrated on Wednesday morning. Swanigan, an unsigned prospect in the Class of 2015, holds an Irish scholarship offer.
Duke has also offered along with Alabama, Arizona, Cal, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Purdue and UCLA.
“Swanigan is an impressive prospect for a number of reasons, but his overall skill level particularly stands out,” said Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels. “Swanigan has a terrific set of hands, a nice arsenal of scoring moves and is a terrific area rebounder. For a guy his size, Swanigan has terrific footwork on the block, but he's also able to step away from the rim and make catch and shoot jump shots.”
Notre Dame remains in contention as part of a wide-open field for the 6-foot-9, 265-pound prospect with an open scholarship remaining. Brey signed three players — shooting guard Rex Pflueger, small forward Matt Ryan and power forward Elijah Burns — during the early signing period.
Swanigan, who plays at Homestead High School in nearby Ft. Wayne, Ind., sits at No. 9 overall in the latest Scout.com rankings and checks in as the No. 5 center prospect.
Junior center Austin Davis is also expected on campus tonight. Davis, a native of Onstead, Mich., has already visited twice this season as the Irish continue the evaluation process.
“It’s been great,” Davis told Irish Illustrated earlier this month. “The environment in there is awesome. We were only there once when the students were really there but it’s a really nice facility. It seems like a great place to play.”
Davis and Swanigan will experience an even more raucous environment in a few hours.