Notre Dame only has five remaining offensive line recruits from the past three recruiting classes combined now that sophomore-to-be John Kadous is transferring. That could lead to real problems down the road.
That means at least five offensive linemen need to be reeled in this recruiting class, but more importantly, at least a couple of offensive linemen need to be ready for action as freshman if called upon.
There are not many offensive line recruits that are both physically and mentally ready to step into the fray right after their first fall camp has concluded, but Daron Rose, OT, 6-5, 310-pounds, Tampa, Fla., (Jefferson) certainly appears to be an exception. A recruit does not exceed 40 scholarship offers before his senior year starts so he can sit the bench and wait his turn.
There are many schools still trying to lure Rose to their respective school, but Alabama, South Carolina, Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame, Southern California, Duke, Oklahoma, Maryland, Michigan and South Florida appear to be the best bets right now.
The Irish are trying to make up ground by having Rose make an unofficial visit this summer, but they are not alone.
"On July 8 I'm going to Florida State," Rose said of his future plans. "In July I'm going to South Carolina and Notre Dame. I just know it's going to be in late July."
One school is already trying to land an official visit from Rose, but it's not quite complete.
"Not yet, the only one I'm kind of leaning to taking is Alabama," Rose said. "Any home game (for the official visit), but I really would like to go to the Alabama vs. Tennessee game."
As for a college position, Rose is probably headed for one of two spots.
"Most schools are recruiting me as a left tackle, but one of the two tackle spots."
And Rose is not ready to decide anytime soon.
"I'll probably decide sometime in January."
SMITTY'S TAKE - Rose is a really good kid that is simply taking his time and trying to evaluate each and every school on his list before making a final decision. It would not surprise me if Rose waited close to National Signing Day before doing just that.
For Notre Dame to have a legitimate shot at Rose he needs to not only make the trek to South Bend later this summer but it needs to be a knockout visit. Rose simply does not know as much about Notre Dame as he does other schools down South. That can be alleviated with an unofficial visit; so there is plenty of time for coach Weis and his staff to make up ground.