Have You Done the Math?

With the latest flurry of commitments to Notre Dame, many Irish fans will start to do the math. Where do the Irish stand and how many scholarships do the Irish have left to give? Let's take a look at where the Irish stand with seven known commitments for the 2004 season.

We could bore you with the math, but just trust we've done the math and our homework. The Irish will likely have between 17-18 scholarships to give this recruiting season. That number could change with transfers, injuries, or for a number or reasons. Let's just start with an even 18 and see where the Irish stand at this point in recruiting.


The Irish got their quarterback in Evan Sharpley. Sharpley appears to be a perfect fit for the Irish offense. Some speculate that the Irish might take a look at another quarterback in the future—likely an athlete playing quarterback that could move to another position. It's possible this could happen, but let's look at the rest of the positions before we speculate that the Irish will look for another quarterback.

Commitments: Evan Sharpley
Known offers outstanding: None
Possible targets: Michael Coleman, Kellen Moriarty
Total scholarships: Possibly two

Running Backs

The Irish have already landed their top fullback prospect in Asaph Schwapp. They will also be looking for a great running back/halfback in this class. At this time, Florida native Maurice Wells is the only confirmed Irish offer at running back. We're certain the Irish are looking for one great back. Another could be added that could play another position.

Commitments: Asaph Schwapp
Known offers outstanding: Maurice Wells
Possible targets: Jonathan Stewart, Richie Rich, Montario Hardesty, Maurice Wells, R.C. Lagomarsino, J.C. Neal
Total scholarships: Possibly three

The Irish have some work to do if they want to land their top targets. Not many of those listed above have the Irish leading at this point. We're not certain we know every possible target at running back at this moment and will be searching for new names in the coming weeks.

Wide Receiver

The Irish already have a commitment from wide receiver David Nelson. We also expect a commitment from David Grimes in the near future. Would the Irish take three wide receivers?

Commitments: David Nelson
Known offers outstanding: David Grimes, Martin Frierson, James McDonald, C.J. Byrd, Michael Ray Garvin, Patrick Turner
Possible targets: Same as listed above
Total scholarships: Probably two

Grimes should commit shortly. Frierson and McDonald have the Irish high on their lists. Garvin wants to play corner in college. The Irish don't have much of a chance at either Byrd or Turner in our opinion. We think the Irish could take three and we like both Frierson and McDonald on film.

Tight End

Commitments: None
Known offers outstanding: Anthony Moeaki, Kyle Moore
Possible Targets: Joey Hiben, James Dray
Total scholarships: One

The Irish have offered Moeaki for sure. Moore has been offered from what we hear and we are trying to track him down to confirm it. Moore also plays defensive end and many believe he'll end up on defense. Hiben and Dray are very much in the race for this scholarship as well because we think the Irish will have a battle to sign Moeaki.

Offensive Line

Commitments: None
Known offers outstanding: Dan Doering, Dace Richardson, David Moosman, A.J. Trump, Paul Duncan, Alex Boone, Malcom Rawls,
Possible Targets: Rafael Eubanks, Kurt Mattes, Matt Pipho
Total scholarships: Possibly four

The Irish need to sign three guys who can play offensive tackle in this recruiting class. We're sure the Irish would love to have at one of their top targets committed at this point. It doesn't appear that many are likely to commit early. The Irish coaching staff cannot afford to mess around with this position. Doering, Trump and Duncan look the most likely of those offered.

Defensive Line

Commitments: None
Known offers outstanding: Lawrence Wilson, Terrance Taylor, Will Powers, Erik Lorig, Raymond Henderson, James McKinney
Possible Targets: Walker Ashley, James McGillicuddy, Zach Potter
Total scholarships: Likely three

The Irish appear to be in good shape with both Wilson and Henderson. They need to do some more work at defensive tackle, however. They need a great interior guy in this class if not two. We expect more names to surface here in the future.


Commitments: Scott Smith, Kevin Washington
Known offers outstanding: Rey Maualuga, Anthony Felder, Brian Cushing, Ryan Reynolds, Dimitri Stewart, Marvin Sapp, Eugene Hayes, Derek Nicholson, Neffy Moffett
Possible targets: Those listed above
Total scholarships: Three

The Irish already landed Smith and Washington which is a good start. The Irish can now hold out for one or two of the great linebackers left on their board. There are more names floating out there, but we feel the staff will stay focused on this list to land one of these great linebackers.

Defensive Back

Commitments: Brandon Harrison, David Bruton
Known offers outstanding: Brent Nickerson, Reggie Smith, Justin King, Derek Pegues, Cary Harris, Ray Herring, Shawn Oatis, Will Harris
Possible targets: Those listed above
Commitments: Three or four

The Irish are off to a great start with commitments from Harrison and Bruton. They would love to land another great corner. We think the Irish will take as many as four depending on which players want to commit. This could be a very good year for the Irish in recruiting defensive backs. Nickerson could decide soon after his visit to Notre Dame later this summer.


Commitments: None
Known offers outstanding: None
Possible Targets: ?
Total scholarships: Zero

The Irish could very well end up taking a kicker or punter. At this point, no names have surfaced. We don't think the Irish will go searching for a specialist until they watch those currently on the roster this fall.

When you look at the math, the Irish don't have a lot of scholarships to give. They've already landed seven commitments in the 18 we think they'll take at this time. That would leave 11 left to give.

We believe the Irish will go after one running back, one wide receiver, one tight end, three offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, one linebacker and one defensive back with the remaining scholarships. We believe they will find a way to take 19 in the end, but as of now, 18 looks more likely.

When you consider the math, the numbers are kind of scary. Just take a look at the talent left on the board for the Irish. The Irish coaching staff might have some difficult decisions to make shortly.

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