Irish Stock Report: Safety

Some would say that the safety position isn't a priority for Notre Dame in 2007 because the Irish have six players that will compete for the starting positions after Tommy Zbikowski and Chinedum Ndukwe depart. Despite the numbers the Irish may lack playmakers in the deep secondary.

Unfortunately for Notre Dame fans, the need for solid safety play was evident throughout the 2005 season, yet the safety position is often overlooked when in recruiting. Despite signing Leonard Gordon, Jashaad Gaines and Sergio Brown in the 2006 recruiting class, the Irish will likely sign two safety prospects next February.

Notre Dame hasn't offered many safety prospects to date, but another offer may surface as Nick Sukay recently selected Penn State over the Irish.

Lorenzo Edwards (6-foot-2, 221 pounds):'s No. 3 linebacker. This kid can play. He'd love to stay at safety in college, but he could easily end up at linebacker. In Notre Dame's system, he'd be a great candidate for the Apache position. If he does stay at safety, he'll make a lot of receivers nervous about crossing in front of him. Lorenzo has offers from just about everyone, but the Irish are among his favorites, if not his favorite at this point. He visited in April and he raved about the campus and coaches. I love this kid, but unfortunately he may get caught by admissions. Stock: Sell

Major Wright (6-foot-1, 204 pounds):'s No. 10 safety. I'm really surprised Wright is ranked this low by He is as good or better than any safety I have seen in the country. This kid loves to hit and he makes plays against the best competition in the nation. He is one of my priority recruits for Notre Dame on defense. The kid can bring it and he sets the tone for your defense. He has offers from just about everyone and it will be a huge task to pull him away from the Florida three. It will help some that the Irish sign two of his teammates (Sam Young and Dan Wenger) in February, but that will only go so far. Wright is a must sign recruit. He is a difference maker on defense. A solid season by the Irish and I think he surprises a lot of people in Florida by coming north. Stock: Buy

If Notre Dame is going to sign two safeties more names will need to surface. Two players that the Irish have been looking at are D.J. Donley and Jordan Bernstine. Both have spoken highly of the Irish and an offer would likely push Notre Dame toward the top of their list. Top Stories