Best Bets for an Offer at Camp

Saturday is the long awaited one-day camp for several talented recruits headed to South Bend to show their talents first-hand to Irish head coach Charlie Weis. Who are the best bets to receive an offer?

Trying to figure which recruits will be offered at a Notre Dame summer camp is usually a difficult task. This year is much the same and then some. 2005 marks the first year under coach Weis so there is no previous track record to go on.

The one player that has stimulated a buzz in recent weeks is Sergio Brown, S, 6-2, 193-pounds, Proviso, Ill., (East). After having gone under the radar early in the recruiting process, Brown now has offers from schools such as UCLA, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa just to name a few. If Brown performs as well on Saturday as he did at the Ann Arbor Nike Camp, a Notre Dame offer is likely to be sent to Brown's mailing address shortly there after.

Carl Fisher, WR, 6-0, 180-pounds, Bolingbrook, Ill., Lance Kendricks, WR, 6-4, 205-pounds, Milwaukee, Wis., (King), Robby Parris, WR, 6-4, 185-pounds, Cleveland, Ohio, (St. Ignatius) and Marques Wilkins, WR, 6-1, 192-pounds, Decatur, Ill., (MacArthur) are all expected at camp as well. Look for at least one of the aforementioned four wide receivers to receive offers. My money is Kendricks due to his combination of size and speed (4.49 at the USC Nike Camp). The other wide receiver that is intriguing is Fisher because of his speed.

There is a long list of offensive linemen planning to attend the camp as well. Shawn Bernaky, OL, 6-5, 305-pounds, Downers Grove, Ill., (South), Clark Crum, OT, 6-7, 280-pounds, Dublin, Ohio, (Scioto), Brandon Flanagan, C, 6-1, 306-pounds, Wakefield, Mass., Brandon Frey, OL, 6-4, 335-pounds, Lombard, Ill., (Montini Catholic), Chris Meenan, OT, 6-7, 323-pounds, 315-pounds, Wooster, Ohio, Bill Nagy, OL, 6-4, 290-pounds, Hudson, Ohio and Cody Faulkner, 6-4, 300-pounds, Cicero, Ind., (Hamilton Heights) have all indicated at some point in the last month they plan to attend. It is possible that the list has changed, or that one or more of the aforementioned list came to an earlier session.

With Notre Dame having such a good shot at both Chris Stewart, OL, 6-5, 330-pounds, Klein, Texas and Matt Carufel, OG, 6-5, 275-pounds, Saint Paul, Minn. (Cretin Derham), it would seem unlikely that an interior offensive line recruit would receive an offer without a dominant performance this Saturday. But one never knows. Crum would seem like an ideal candidate for an offer because he has the frame to be an offensive tackle in college after playing other positions earlier in his high school career.

Bryant Browning, OG, 6-4, 320-pounds, Glenville, Ohio (June 15) and Perry Dorrestein, OT, 6-7, 285-pounds, Plainfield, Ill., (Central) have already made their camp appearances, but did not receive offers as of yet, but the Irish staff could be waiting to evaluate the talent at this camp before deciding which players to offer at offensive line.

The one offensive lineman that does not have to worry about earning a scholarship offer from coach Weis is Bartley Webb, OT, 6-7, 290-pounds, Springdale, Ark. Notre Dame is battling Arkansas, Texas, Michigan, Florida and Oklahoma among others for Webb's services. Watch out for the Razorbacks. Webb lives ten minutes from the Arkansas campus.

A few other recruits will be in town, but not until this next Monday. Kevin Green, LB, 6-1, 200-pounds, North Chicago, Ill., Michael Hartline, QB, 6-5, 185-pounds, Canton, Ohio, (Glen Oak) and his teammate Ryan Palmer, OT, 6-6, 280-pounds.

There are always a few surprise attendees each year and that could very well happen again. And as always, there are likely to be a few top-notch juniors in attendance as well. Remember the name Joshua Oglesby. He will be one of the top OT recruits in the country for the class of 2007. But Oglesby won't be the only Wisconsin junior at the Notre Dame camp. More on the juniors after the camp has completed…


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