Recruiting Overview Part I

With Notre Dame's first recruiting weekend under their belt, we thought it might be a good idea to get a bird's-eye view of recruiting as a whole. With nine firm commitments at this point, we thought we better take a look at where Notre Dame needs to start landing some players, and fast. How many prospects will the Irish land this recruiting season?

Signing day is rapidly approaching, and we thought we'd take a look at the final weeks or recruiting to see how this 2005 recruiting class is shaping up. Will the Irish land a solid class in 2005? Let's take a look.

Quarterback

Commitments: Evan Sharpley

We think the Irish have their quarterback and won't be taking any other quarterbacks in this class. As of right now, Sharpley appears to be the only guy Notre Dame is interested in, and for good reason.

Running back

Commitments: Asaph Schwapp

Offers: Montario Hardesty

Official visits lined up: None

Other possible targets: R.J. Jackson

Schwapp fills Notre Dame's need at fullback nicely. The latest news on Montario Hardesty doesn't sound promising. He canceled his visit to Notre Dame this past weekend and appears to be leaning towards Tennessee. We doubt very much the Irish can get back in the race. Texas running back R.J. Jackson is a name that has been mentioned, and we're sure the Irish are trying to get him to visit. Will he visit? After Jackson, there doesn't appear to be any known names at running back.

Wide Receiver

Commitments: David Grimes

Soft Commitments: David Nelson

Offers: D.J. Hord

At one point the Irish appeared to be in great shape at wide receiver. The de-commitment of Martin Frierson opened up even more possibilities, but it appears the Irish are down to Nelson and Hord at this point. Many expect Hord to commit to Notre Dame this weekend at the Army All-American game. Nelson's decision might linger for quite some time. The Irish must get at least one of Nelson and Hord and Irish fans have to hope for both. Weis and his staff still have a ways to go with Nelson.

Tight End

Commitments: Joey Hiben

Other offers: None

The Irish were recruiting James Dray before he committed to Stanford over the weekend. With Dray's commitment, it's likely the Irish will stand pat with just Hiben.

Offensive Line

Commitments: Michael Turkovich, Paul Duncan

Other offers: Rafael Eubanks, Brian Roche

Other possible targets: Alex Boone, Julian Williams

Notre Dame is very thin on names once again at offensive line. Duncan and Turkovich were vital to this class. The Irish could sure use two more offensive linemen in this class after missing last season on landing some of their top targets. They'll have to get at least one more, but two would be nice. Eubanks visited this weekend. Roche is lined up for the 28th. Williams is a new name, and Boone remains a long shot at best.

We will take a look at the defensive side of the ball in the second part of this story to be published shortly and make our conclusions.


IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories