Stock Report: Down the Stretch

Notre Dame landed two players that announced at the U.S. Army All-American game, but as it turned out Chris Little didn't name the Irish until four days after the game when he de-committed from Florida State and then announced for the Irish. With Little's announcement Notre Dame has 18 commitments for the 2007 recruiting class.

The Irish have room to sign 25 players in this recruiting class, but with only six players remaining on their recruiting board, it doesn't look like they will reach the maximum. The Irish staff could send out more offers, but it is fairly late into the recruiting process to start getting involved with a player that can make a difference on your team. With that being said, let's take a look at the six recruits Notre Dame is still targeting.


Joe McKnight: He had a fantastic week in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. McKnight is a special back that will be able to step in right away and make a difference. Notre Dame had been hanging around for a while and he had even mentioned that he would visit South Bend. At this time I really don't see that happening. Recently McKnight announced that he would visit LSU, Ole Miss, USC, Arkansas and possibly Texas or Miami. Rumor has it that he has already told one coaching staff that he is committed. My guess is that school isn't Notre Dame. Stock: Sell

Robert Hughes Robert had a pretty quiet week down in San Antonio. The East offensive line had trouble blocking in practice, which carried over into the game. Overall it was difficult to judge his performance. Robert narrowed his choices down to Notre Dame, Illinois and Wisconsin. I'm not even sure he's visited Wisconsin so I'm certain that he will pick either Illinois or Notre Dame when he announces on Tuesday, January 16. During his stay in San Antonio he spent most of his time hanging around the Illinois commitments, despite having several Irish commitments on his team. I'm closer to "Sell" than "Buy". Stock: Hold


Will Blackwell Will visits LSU this weekend. He was contemplating an unofficial visit to Notre Dame the following weekend, but I haven't been able to confirm that with Will. He also mentioned that he might be ready to make his decision after his trip to Baton Rogue. I've received information that he's going to Notre Dame, and then I've heard that he will select LSU. When he does a rare interview, it is always with an LSU website. I'm not sure I've seen him talk to a Notre Dame site in several months. That's never a good sign. Hold

Jason Peters Jason said he had all his visits (Georgia Tech, Florida, Nebraska and LSU) set before Notre Dame discussed an official visit, which is why he nixed the Irish in Decemeber. Once he discovered there was an additional weekend prior to signing day where he could take a visit, he penciled in a trip to Notre Dame. If he wasn't willing to move any of his other visits in December, Notre Dame has a lot of ground to make up. The upside is that Peters is the type of kid that will be impressed with the Notre Dame players and the structure of the school. The Irish are behind, but this is a case of ‘If you can get him on campus, you have a shot.' Hold

Malcolm Smith He continues to remain silent. I haven't heard that he intends to take any more visits. If he doesn't, he'll make his decision between USC, UCLA, and Notre Dame. Notre Dame really could use this kid, but will they be able to pull a kid from the West Coast who just happens to have a brother that played for USC? The USC people I have spoken with are confident. Hold

Major Wright I'm impressed that Notre Dame has stayed in the race as long as it has. I'll be even more impressed if Major actually takes his official visit to Notre Dame next weekend. The Irish don't win many recruiting battles when a recruit's final list consists of Miami, Ohio State and Florida. I'd love to get the kid. Notre Dame needs a player like this on defense, but I don't see it happening. Sell Top Stories