Who's Next?

The Notre Dame summer football camp is complete, while several recruits have taken unofficial visits; so who are the most likely recruits to make summer decisions?

There is nothing like waiting for recruits to commit. You honestly never know who or when, but it's going to happen sooner or later. Here is a look at a few recruits to keep an ear out for over the course of July, August and possibly early September.

Raeshon McNeil, CB, 6-0, 175-pounds, Mocksville, N.C., (Davie County) – McNeil appears to be headed to Notre Dame, Virginia or Virginia Tech. Notre Dame is his current favorite headed into his unofficial visit to Blacksburg this next Friday, July 8. McNeil already took unofficial visits to Notre Dame in early June and Virginia in late June. Look for McNeil to make his college decision by the end of July.

Jason Kates, DT, 6-2, 290-pounds, Harrisburg, Pa., (Bishop McDevitt) – Kates is still considering taking more time before making his final decision, but from the outside looking in it appears that Notre Dame is the front runner with Penn State giving chase. Kates has been considered a strong Notre Dame lean for over a month, but Penn State has been making a late push. Kates visited Penn State and Notre Dame during the month of June.

Robby Parris, WR, 6-4, 185-pounds, Cleveland, Ohio, (St. Ignatius) – It's been a Notre Dame vs. Michigan battle ever since Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis extended a scholarship offer to Parris after he attended the Notre Dame summer camp. Michigan offered Parris at the conclusion of its camp as well. Blue and Gold or Maize and Blue? He wants to make a summer decision, but has not given a specific time frame to do so.

Steve Brown, SS, 6-1, 205-pounds, Columbus, Ind., (East) – Yet another Notre Dame vs. Michigan battle, Brown is torn between the Irish and Wolverines after taking unofficial visits to both schools during the month of June. Look for Brown to make a summer decision, but he appears to be more likely to make his final college decision known in August instead of July.

Taylor Mays, FS, 6-3, 220-pounds, Seattle, Wash., (Bishop O'Dea) – Southern California has long since been considered the favorite, but Mays has been somewhat vague during recent interviews so it is truly hard to say where he is leaning if anywhere. Mays will be making unofficial visits to both Michigan and Notre Dame during the latter portion of July. He could announce before the start of his senior season, which in the state of Washington starts in September, not August like most other states. Washington is the wild card as Mays has family ties to Udub.

Bartley Webb, OT, 6-7, 290-pounds, Springdale, Ark. – Webb has stated many times that he is going to take official visits before making his college decision. While that may end up being true in the end, there are some people who believe he might pull the trigger before the summer is over. If that indeed ends up being the case, look for him to choose between Texas, Notre Dame and Arkansas. Webb has been to Notre Dame three times to date, twice for unofficial visits, and he also attended the Notre Dame summer football camp last month.

SMITTY'S TAKE - July is usually a very dead month for recruiting. After July 15 comes and goes it is probably the biggest annual lull there is during the recruiting campaign due to many college coaches and recruits taking family vacations and gearing up for their respective football camps to begin in earnest come early August. That may not be the case this year. Several recruits could make decisions during July which is definitely unusual. Now we all sit back and wait.

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