The first week of travel for Charlie Weis saw the second-year Irish coach in eight states visiting 12 prospects to the best of our knowledge.
Weis began his tour on Monday, April 24, in Ohio with visits to defensive end Ben Martin's and running back Brandon Saine's high school, and then Weis visited offensive lineman Josh Oglesby later in the day. That Monday wasn't particularly fruitful for Weis as both Oglesby (Wisconsin) and Saine (Ohio State) later ended up committing to other schools.
The Midwest was the next stop for Weis on Wednesday as offensive tackle Matt Romine and athlete Gerald Jones received visits in their home state of Oklahoma. Rogers, Ark. was next on the slate with Weis stopping by to watch Lee Ziemba practice.
Thursday saw Weis hit Monroe, La. to visit two defensive tackles in Will Blackwell and Luther Davis practice, and Weis also decided to drop off an offer to defensive back Joe McKnight while visiting River Ridge, La.
Dallas, Texas and defensive end Richetti Jones's high school was the final stop for Notre Dame's head coach during his first week on the road.
Monday, May 1, was another big day for Weis as he went to his home state of New Jersey and picked up his fourth verbal commitment for the 2007 season in tight end Mike Ragone. Weis also stopped by to visit two more Jersey prospects in Justin Trattou and Duval Kamara. Weis will likely pick up his fifth commitment of the 2007 recruiting season with Kamara announcing today, and Trattou could be No. 6 with an announcement pending June 1. Weis also somehow found time to take in the New Jersey Elite combine on that Monday as well.
Tuesday of last week saw Notre Dame's head man in Washington D.C. visiting the high schools of wide receiver Arrelious Benn and defensive tackle Marvin Austin. Weis would later trek down to North Carolina to visit Notre Dame's first verbal commitment, defensive end Kerry Neal, and defensive back Marcus Gilchrist.
Next on the visit list for Wednesday was newly offered wide receiver J.R. Hemmingway. Also, staying in the state of North Carolina, Weis visited another wide receiver with an offer, Greg Little. Corner prospect Gary Gray, who's already committed to South Carolina, and teammate Mark Barnes also received a visit from Weis at their high school.
The next few days are kind of unclear as to where Weis actually was. My guess is he took a break as he started the May evaluation period a week early (April 24) and has the full month of May to travel. He's only allowed to be on the road for one month. We're going to guess he was in the office in South Bend for Thursday and Friday, May 4-5, because we can't find any evidence he was elsewhere….and trust me, we looked.
Monday, May 8, is also cloudy and we couldn't find any evidence as to where he might've been. Again, he might've been off the road as he's only allowed the one month of travel.
Where is Charlie today? We believe he's in Atlanta, Ga. today visiting athlete Eric Berry and offensive lineman Chris Little. Atlanta has plenty of talent so we expect Weis to stop by a number of high schools in the area.
What about the rest of the week? Well, we think we have that nailed down as well. Thursday, Weis will stop by to see offensive tackle Ryan Miller in Littleton, Colo., and then he'll head to see his prized commitment, quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and two more prospects he's heavily recruiting in running back Marc Tyler and linebacker Casey Matthews.
On Friday, we believe Weis will stay in the state of California visiting many of the top high schools around the area. St. Bonaventure high school in Ventura, Calif. will certainly be on the list as Weis will visit corner prospect Michael Williams. We also wouldn't be surprised to see Weis stop by Servite high school in Anaheim, Calif. as Servite has one of the top sophomores in the country in athlete D.J. Shoemate. Shoemate is already committed to USC, as is his teammate, Chris Galippo, but he's so good that Weis would be crazy not to see if there might be even a slim chance he might consider Notre Dame.
Next week Weis could end up in a number of places. We do believe he'll be in the Chicago, Ill. area sometime in the early part of next week (possibly Tuesday) to visit linebacker commitment Aaron Nagel and outside linebacker prospect Martez Wilson.
We also believe he'll likely head to south Florida sometime next week to visit talented running back Armando Allen, hard-hitting safety Major Wright, and pass-rushing specialist John Jones. Newly offered safety prospect Harrison Smith could also be on the slate for next week.