The Irish did bring in a strong group of lineman in the 2006 recruiting class, but they will still need talented players because they are still very thin on numbers. Chris Little (6-6, 327 pounds) is one of the best in the Southeast and he recently received a visit from the Irish coaching staff.
"I still have a tremendous amount of interest in Notre Dame," Little responded when asked his level of interest in the Irish. "Coach Weis came down last Wednesday or Thursday, and that just showed me how much interest they had in me. There's something about him coaching in the NFL and having him come down.
"Coach Lewis came down with coach Weis, they just told my coaches how much they really wanted me to come to Notre Dame and how bad they're really going to need me."
Besides Notre Dame Little has scholarship offers from Michigan State, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Mississippi State, Florida State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Maryland, Auburn, and LSU.
"I'm trying to get things down to my top-10, and I'm trying to have that toward the end of the month," Little explained. "I'm narrowing it down right now. Once I get it narrowed to a top-ten I'll get it down to a top-five toward the end of the summer. Then I'll take official visits to my top-five schools.
"I'm going to be a midterm graduate so I'll try to make a decision by mid October. My coach brought it to my attention that I could, so I sat back and thought about it for a while. I talked to some other players from other schools that graduated early and they were mature enough to do it and I think I'm mature enough to do it too. I want to go ahead and go through the drills and spring practice so that I can learn the system a little bit and possibly start as a true freshman."
Little won't be taking any unofficial visits this summer, but he does plan on participating in several football camps.
"I'm trying to narrow where I'm going to camp this summer also, but I haven't got that yet. I know I'm going to camp at Florida State and that the only one I have right now. I plan on going to at least two more camps. I don't want to go out too far. I would camp at Notre Dame if I were a little bit closer."
Chris Little will be on Irish Eyes Power Hour next Wednesday, May 23.