Recruiting Heats Up

The off week has arrived and the Irish now have time to mend some nagging injuries and probably a little pride as well. With the off week comes a more focused attention to recruiting. Many of the Irish staff will hit the road this weekend to see a number of their top targets play, and likely shake some bushes to see if any new prospects fall out. Let's take a quick look at recruiting, and we'll start with the offense.

Here's a look at the current offensive targets for the Irish.

Quarterback

Committed: Evan Sharpley

Other Targets: None

The Irish have their man committed in Evan Sharpley. The talented quarterback is having an impressive senior season after dropping their first game. We think the Irish are finished at quarterback unless a two-way guy would pop up that could play another position.

Running back

Offers: Maurice Wells, Jerrell Wilkerson, Montario Hardesty

Other Targets: Jonathan Stewart, R.C. Lagomarsino

At this point, the position looks rather thin. Wells already has four visits schedule to Maryland, Georgia Tech, USC and Ohio State. He's mentioned he'll visit Notre Dame a number of times, but he's yet to set a visit. The Irish appear to have a lot of work to do to land Wells. The likelihood of him attending Notre Dame is very small.

Jerrell Wilkerson is a scat back type that has been offered by Notre Dame. He already has one official visit scheduled to Tennessee (12-10) and Texas is said to be the clear leader at this point. The Irish could get a visit from Wilkerson.

Montario Hardesty is another back very high on the Notre Dame list. Hardesty has already visited Nebraska, but has yet to set the remaining four official visits. He's said he plans to visit Notre Dame and Tennessee, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson are also on his list as possible visits. The Irish don't appear to be in his top two at this point, however, and would have some work to do to land him.

Jonathan Stewart is another player the Irish like but has yet to receive an offer. Stewart has yet to qualify by Notre Dame's standards but appears very close to doing so. He's schedule an official visit to Washington State (10-30) and many believe the Cougars are his leader. Notre Dame remains in the race, but they'll have to offer soon in order to have a real shot at Stewart.

The Irish have been recruiting Lagomarsino, but he has yet to schedule a visit to Notre Dame.

Wide Receiver

Commitments: David Nelson, David Grimes, Martin Frierson

Other Targets: D.J. Hord, James McDonald

The Irish already have three of their top targets already committed. It appears that Notre Dame would like to sign one more at this point. McDonald has recently named Notre Dame as his leader and has scheduled his official visit to Notre Dame (1-15). Hord has unofficially visited Notre Dame and came away very impressed with the Irish. Hord has also scheduled his only official visit so far to Notre Dame for the banquet weekend on Decemeber 3rd. The Irish are in a good position with both McDonald and Hord at this point.

Tight End

Offers: Anthony Moeaki

Other Targets: James Dray, Zach Potter, Jeff Cottam

The commitment of Joey Hiben to Purdue has left the Irish scrambling. Moeaki has already schedule visits to BYU (9-17), Tennessee (10-22) and Iowa (12-10). Oregon, UCLA and Notre Dame appear to be the three competing for his last two visits. Regardless, the Irish don't appear to be in his top two at this point.

Besides Moeaki, the Irish haven't offered anyone. The Irish might start recruiting Dray harder, but the talented tight end already has five official visits scheduled to Stanford (12-10), Boston College (12-17), Tennesee (1-4), Florida State (1-9) and Iowa (1-21).

They also might look harder at a big tight end like Potter. Potter has already been on an unofficial visit to Notre Dame, plus he attended Notre Dame camp. Potter told us that he'd like to have his decision made by Thanksgiving and it appeared the home state of Nebraska had the inside track. Kansas State, Iowa and Kansas are some other schools interested in Potter.

Cottam recently told Irish he wanted to visit. He's already scheduled visits to Tennessee (11-5), Auburn (11-13) and Ole Miss (12-10). The Irish could go after Cottam hard as well.

We wouldn't be surprised to see some new names pop up here in the future.

Offensive Line

Offers: Dan Doering, A.J. Trump, Paul Duncan, Rafael Eubanks, Dace Richardson, David Moosman, Malcolm Rawls, Chris Scott

Other Targets: Matt Pipho

Doering has been the guy most known by Irish fans. He has three official visits scheduled to his top three of Notre Dame (12-3), Iowa (12-10) and Nebraska (12-17). Many expect this to be a Notre Dame-Iowa battle. We do expect Doering to take at least three of his official visits before deciding.

Trump has the Irish as his clear leader at this point. He has scheduled his five official visits. Notre Dame (12-3), Miami (12-10), South Florid (1-8), Florida (1-15) and Florida State (1-22) are his official visits. The Irish do lead, but watch out for Miami here.

Paul Duncan also has the Irish as his leader. He's also scheduled all of his official visits. He's already visited Oklahoma (10-23), and plans to visit UCLA (11-5), LSU (11-13), Duke (11-19) and Notre Dame (12-3). We expect Duncan to have his decision made before the holiday season.

Eubanks has just one visits scheduled so far in Iowa (12-10). Notre Dame, Miami, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Maryland are competing for the final visit spots. We expect Eubanks to schedule a visit to Notre Dame for the banquet on 12-3. The Irish should have a good shot at Eubanks in the end.

Richardson has set two visits so far. The talented tackle prospect has visited Tennessee (last weekend) and plans to visit Iowa (12-10). The latest report on Richardson has him thinking of visiting other schools besides Notre Dame. It doesn't look good for Richardson at this point.

David Moosman has scheduled four of his official visits. Wisconsin (12-3), Michigan (12-10), Iowa (12-17) and Notre Dame (1-15) all get visits. Wisconsin and Michigan lead for Moosman and we wouldn't be surprised if he makes his decision before the holiday season. The Irish have made a push recently, but we feel Moosman is a long shot at this point.

The Irish looked to be scheduling a visit with Malcolm Rawls for last weekend. That visit didn't work out, however. Tennessee, Arkansas and Memphis are also likely visits for Rawls. Tennessee and Notre Dame appear to be his top two at this point. We expect the Irish to get a visit soon.

Chris Scott has never mentioned Notre Dame high on his list. He's also scheduled four visits and the likelihood he'll schedule a visit with Notre Dame seems slim at this point.

Pipho is a target that's been on the radar for the Irish, but not much action has come with him yet from Notre Dame. He recently visited Notre Dame unofficially for a game, but we haven't heard the Irish have offered at this point. Stanford and Iowa State appear to be his top two at this point.

We do expect new names to surface soon at offensive line. We have some leads that we'll be chasing this week.

We'll look at the defensive side of the ball tomorrow.


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