July 4th is right around the corner, so that means football recruiting is in full swing at Notre Dame. The summer camp has just concluded and there are a handful of recruits to keep an eye out for.
Everyone is waiting to hear who Robby Parris, WR, 6-4, 185-pounds, Cleveland, Ohio, (St. Ignatius) will select between Michigan and Notre Dame. Parris attended both schools summer camps and came away with offers from both. He is torn between the two bitter rivals, and will likely take an unofficial visit to both schools once again before making a final decision.
Working in Notre Dame's favor is the fact that Parris's family prefers Notre Dame, although he grew up a Wolverines fan. And of course current Notre Dame commitment John Ryan, DE, 6-4, 250-pounds, plays at the same high school with Parris and is a close friend as well. Wonder what he is telling Parris to do? Parris has stated each team's depth chart will play a big roll in his decision as well.
Several offensive line recruits attended the Notre Dame football camp, but to date no new offers have been made public from that same group. It appears that the Notre Dame coaching staff is truly going to be selective with which offensive linemen receive official offers, or at least wait and evaluate senior film before coming to a final decision.
Frazer Headed Out West
Notre Dame secured a commitment from Zach Frazer, QB, 6-4, 210-pounds, Mechanicsburg, Pa. all the way back in mid April. Now Frazer has secured a spot with the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp that will be held in July out West in California. Despite a foot that is not quite healed from being broken, Frazer still impressed at a recent Elite 11 tryout in Las Vegas.
Congratulations to Frazer for being selected to the Elite 11.
Aldridge Calls His Shot
Earlier this summer when I asked James Aldridge, TB, 6-2, 214-pounds, Crown Point, Ind., (Merrillville) how many yards he would rush for against rival Crown Point High School he replied, "275 yards," without any hesitation.
That honestly would not be shocking, as Crown Point is generally considered an average program. It does not produce much Division I talent that could match up with all of the athletes at Merrillville High School.
So recently I asked Aldridge how many yards he would rush for against Penn High School if Merrillville met them in the playoffs and the same question for Warren Central High School if Merrillville met them in the state championship game?
With a simple reply, Aldridge predicted "275 and 275." I asked if he was serious and he confirmed that he was indeed dead serious. Penn and Warren Central are the two best programs in Indiana right now and could compete against schools from states such as Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and California without question. It will be interesting to see how well Aldridge does this fall. His own gigantic expectations are now going to be watched very closely by the public.
It is not uncommon for Notre Dame to knock heads with its traditional rivals not only on the gridiron, but also on the recruiting front. This year there are a handful of battles to watch with Michigan in particular.
The aforementioned Parris, David Ausberry, WR, 6-4, 215-pounds, Lemoore, Calif., Daron Rose, OT, 6-5, 310-pounds, Tampa, Fla., (Jefferson), Butch Lewis, DT, 6-6, 280-pounds, Aurora, Col., (Regis Jesuit), Bartley Webb, OT, 6-7, 290-pounds, Springdale, Ark., Sam Young, OT, 6-8, 280-pounds, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., (St. Thomas Aquinas), Toryan Smith, LB, 6-1, 230-pounds, Rome, Ga., Jeremiha Hunter, LB, 6-2, 220-pounds, Manheim, Pa., (Central), Asher Allen, CB, 5-10, 187-pounds, Tucker, Ga., Darrin Walls, CB, 6-1, 170-pounds, Pittsburgh, Pa., (Woodland Hills), Steve Brown, SS, 6-1, 205-pounds, Columbus, Ind., (East) and Taylor Mays, FS, 6-3, 220-pounds, Seattle, Wash., (Bishop O'Dea) are all recruits looking at both schools.
Both schools have offered all of the above recruits as well. Walls and Brown in particular are likely to decide between Notre Dame and Michigan.
Southern California is also going after some of the same recruits as Notre Dame, but it is a little different considering the proximity to home for many of the Trojans prime recruiting targets within California.
The only out of state targets that the Trojans and Irish both appear to be going after are Rose, Young, Gerald McCoy, DT, 6-4, 305-pounds, Oklahoma City, Okla., (Southeast), Riley Cooper, WR, 6-4, 200-pounds, Clearwater, Fla., (Central Catholic) and Mays.
It's possible that there will not be a single non California recruit that Southern California and Notre Dame end up being the final two schools for.