Insider Report: Prediction Time

With National Signing Day less than a week away, Irish Illustrated makes predictions for the seven prospects left on the board. Can Notre Dame score a recruiting hat trick down the stretch?

Brown: UCLA
Confidence: High 
Writing has been on the wall here for awhile. Alloway has always been inclined to stay on the West Coast.

Hare: UCLA 
Confidence: High
I never felt real confident in Alloway leaving the West Coast and it seems Notre Dame is content putting all its remaining wide receiver recruiting chips in Demetris Robertson.

Hickey: UCLA
Confidence: High 
Notre Dame’s all in with Demetris Robertson as its remaining wide receiver target. 

Brown: Alabama
Confidence: High
Yeah, he’s had other leaders throughout the process. But after taking an official visit to Alabama, Davis finally moved the Crimson Tide into pole position. Nick Saban isn’t going to miss on a legacy with Davis’ talent, period.

Hare: Alabama
Confidence: High
Davis has flirted with other schools but could this recruitment end in any other way than Davis following his father’s footsteps to Tuscaloosa?

Hickey: Alabama
Confidence: High
An Alabama legacy and he’s on record stating the Tide are his favorites. Done and done. 

Brown: Ohio State
Confidence: Low
Notre Dame has been fading, making it a Michigan-Ohio State battle heading into the Monday announcement. Buzz seems to be with the Buckeyes, although Fuller is hard to read.

Hare: Ohio State
Confidence: Medium
It would be hard to imagine Fuller landing anywhere else than Columbus. The Buckeyes went hard after him and their success developing defensive backs can’t hurt.

Hickey: Ohio State
Confidence: High 
Notre Dame and Michigan are still in contention, but Ohio State is the general consensus frontrunner. 

Brown: Notre Dame 
Confidence: High 
While Notre Dame has been duking it out for five-star prospects, Jones has quietly represented almost a sure get come National Signing Day. Mike Elston has done a nice job helping the Irish surge past Michigan.

Hare: Notre Dame
Confidence: Medium
Notre Dame caught Jones’ attention and he’d have the opportunity for early playing time in South Bend.

Hickey: Notre Dame
Confidence: High
Jones has favored Notre Dame over Michigan since December. I feel confident he’ll end up Irish. 

Brown: Oklahoma
Confidence: Low                    
Ah, the ebbs and flows of recruiting. One week ago, I would’ve been putting this in the Notre Dame column without a second thought. The Stoops brothers seem to have turned that momentum back around. But it’s a coin flip.

Hare: Oklahoma
Confidence: Low
Notre Dame has made it interesting but Kelly has favored Oklahoma for some time. It will be interesting to see how things shake out the next few days.

Hickey: Oklahoma
Confidence: Low
The Sooners have recruited him longer; I think it’s that simple. Mike Stoops gets the last in-home visit. 

Brown: Texas
Confidence: Medium 
Way back when, Notre Dame seemed to be hunting down Texas A&M. Now it appears more and more likely McCulloch ends up at Texas. Strong get (see what I did there?) by the Longhorns if that’s the way it happens.

Hare: Texas    
Confidence: Medium
This has been a strange recruitment with several different schools having been considered the favorite. Notre Dame held the pole position for a short time but won’t win out on signing day.

Hickey: Texas 
Confidence: High
The Longhorns sealed the deal on his official visit to Austin. Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas A&M are hanging around, but barely. 

Brown: Notre Dame 
Confidence: Low 
Honestly, I have no clue. Robertson visiting Georgia after National Signing Day clearly isn’t good. But the way the Irish staff has gone in on this, I can see them getting Robertson anyway.

Hare: Notre Dame
Confidence: Low
It’s hard to see Notre Dame beating both Alabama and Georgia, the in-state school, in this one but crazier things have happened. Robertson’s unpredictability could work in Notre Dame’s favor.

Hickey: Georgia
Confidence: Low
Georgia gets the last official visit before the decision, and Mom will be there, too. I’m just not going to bet against that.


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