Notre Dame received two big commitments this week when Emeka Nwankwo and Greg Little pledged to be part of the 2007 recruiting class. Nwankwo and Little push the number of commitments to eleven, with as many as 14 available spots remaining.
There aren't many names remaining on Notre Dame's recruiting board, which make these prospects and their visits extremely important.
Florida will be hosting South Carolina on Saturday as the Gamecock's head coach Steve Spurrier makes his first trip back to Gainesville after leaving the program following the 2001 season. The Swamp should be electric as Florida hosts three players who Notre Dame is also pursuing.
Running back Armando Allen (Hialeah, Fla.) visited Notre Dame for the Stanford game, and the visit this weekend to Florida will be his final trip. Allen would like to choose between Notre Dame and Florida before the end of November. Allen missed his entire senior season due to an injury.
Defensive end Ben Martin (Cincinnati, Ohio) also visited South Bend for the Stanford game, but he had already been to the Notre Dame campus. He and Allen formed a friendship during their visit, so they will likely talk about their options Saturday. Ben will probably visit Ohio State the following weekend for the Michigan game. Tennessee is also in the mix, but he has not discussed a date to Knoxville. Martin will likely announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Safety Lorenzo Edwards (Orlando, Fla.) will also play in the U.S. Army All-American game. He has taken visits to Georgia Tech, Michigan and Notre Dame. After this visit he will schedule his final visit to Clemson. Edwards will also likely announce at the All-American game.
Another big-time player the Irish are paying close attention to is offensive lineman Matt Romine (Tulsa, Okla.) Romine will take a trip down to Norman to watch the Sooners battle Texas Tech. Matt has visited Michigan, and he will likely take a trip to Tennessee, but his decision will likely come down to Oklahoma and Notre Dame. A lot of Irish fans are very confident that Romine will pick Notre Dame, but you can't count out the in-state program. Look out for this visit. Romine will likely announce in January.
Another Oklahoma product Notre Dame has its sights on is athlete Gerald Jones (Oklahoma City, Okla.) Gerald will be in Blacksburg, Va. this weekend to see the Hokies play Kent State. He'll make the trek to South Bend the following weekend when the Irish play Army. Jones has already visited Tennessee and Texas Tech. Texas Tech seems to have been his leader throughout the process, and it is likely Notre Dame will need to make up some ground, but Tech's lead isn't insurmountable. Like the others, Jones will likely announce his decision during the U.S. Army All-American game.