Big Board: Defensive End

Where can Notre Dame turn next at defensive end? The Big Board tackles the position and puts some new names in context.

CURRENT OUTLOOK

Isaac Rochell is the lone player that Notre Dame will lose to eligibility following the 2016 season.

Grant Blakenship, Doug Randolph and Andrew Trumbetti will have one year remaining, and depending on red-shirt usage, Jamir Jones, Khalid Kareem, Adetokunbo Ogundeji and Julian Okwara will have three to four years remaining.

WHAT’S NEXT

Notre Dame wants at least two weak-side defensive ends with pass rush ability. Depending how numbers and personnel shake out at outside linebacker in this cycle, no must-hit quantity at the position has been set, yet. Notre Dame is recruiting multiple hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end types, including Vandarius Cowan and Logan Rudolph.

After suffering a de-commitment from four-star Georgia defensive end Robert Beal last week, Notre Dame goes back to the drawing board in search of the target(s) to build its foundation at the position in 2017.

Here’s a look at the Watch List at defensive end.

http://www.scout.com/player/198476-zachary-carter?s=109
Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Denson
Top offers:
Outlook: Florida and Clemson lead, but Auburn, Notre Dame and Tennessee are also in the mix. The Irish are on him hard, and a visit should materialize down the road. As of now, he doesn’t plan on making a decision until after his senior season.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/201981-noah-curtis?s=109
Offer: No
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Denson
Top offers: Florida Atlantic, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, West Virginia
Outlook: Curtis considers Notre Dame a “dream school,” and should Notre Dame elect to offer, it would emerge as the favorite. He’s slated to visit for the Blue-Gold game and is former teammates with Te’von Coney and Devin Studstill.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/201469-d-j-johnson?s=109
Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Denbrock
Top offers: Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, USC
Outlook: Johnson doesn’t claim any leaders at the time, and he’s been one of the hottest prospects on the recruiting trail thus far this spring.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/197835-joshua-kaindoh?s=109
Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Denson
Top offers: Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State
Outlook: He wants to pursue a career in the medical field, and he wants to attend school in the North, two facets that Notre Dame can work with in its recruiting pitch. A first-time visit could occur this spring.
Arrow: Up

http://www.scout.com/player/181087-corey-malone-hatcher?s=109
Offer: Yes
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Gilmore
Top offers: Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State
Outlook: Malone-Hatcher has visited Notre Dame multiple times and has a strong relationship with Gilmore. He’s being sought after by the Tide and Wolverines, though, so it won’t be easy to land him.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/200268-jarez-parks?s=109
Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Denson
Top offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami
Outlook: Parks is high on Duke and Florida, currently. Notre Dame hasn’t gained much traction after offering in September.
Arrow: Down

http://www.scout.com/player/187404-luiji-vilain?s=109
Offer: No
Visit: Yes
Recruiter: Elston
Top offers: Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech
Outlook: Florida, Ole Miss and UCLA have offered this month. Notre Dame has seen him play in-person but have elected to hold off on offering. Vilain, a Canada native, visited over the summer.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/201499-jordan-williams?s=109
Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Booker
Top offers: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech
Outlook: Clemson, Maryland and Tennessee have established relationships with Williams, but he hasn’t released any favorites yet. Notre Dame is one of his more recent offers.
Arrow: Horizontal

http://www.scout.com/player/199914-chase-young?s=109
Offer: Yes
Visit: No
Recruiter: Booker
Top offers: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma
Outlook: Maryland is an early favorite due to proximity. Ohio State is also very much involved.
Arrow: Horizontal 


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