Most analysts believe that Notre Dame will probably have no more than twenty-three scholarships available for the class of 2008 and if that holds true, then only nine more recruits can come on board. At least three of those will be defensive backs and it's a virtual certainty that the Irish will take one, if not two, more receivers.
Last week Irish Eyes caught up with a couple of young men that could take two of those nine spots. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?
Gerrell Robinson, Ath, 6-3.5, 212, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ is currently a "soft verbal" to Mike Stoops' Arizona Wildcats. Robinson, however, holds offers from some very prestigious programs and wants to take a further look at his options. He does not have a scholarship offer from Notre Dame but is coming to the 25 June camp in hopes of earning one. In fact, he has planned a couple of visits on his trip east.
"I'm definitely going to Notre Dame and Florida," answered Robinson when asked by Irish Eyes Jeff Baumhower about his travel plans. "I was planning on going to LSU but that's still up in the air. I'll be at Notre Dame for their camp on June 25. I talked to coach Ianello and he told me that he wanted to work with me."
Not only will the Irish coaches be getting a closer look at Robinson, but also he will be getting a closer look at Notre Dame. He has family in Gary, IN and his mother is coming along to see both family and South Bend.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the program and everything around campus," said Robinson. "This will be my first time to South Bend. I'll be with my mom. The day before we're going to see her family, but she'll be with me the whole time. She wants to go with me to see the campus and everything."
Though he doesn't currently hold a Notre Dame offer, Robinson is still very interested in the Irish. In fact, an Irish offer would vault them near the top of the Arizona athlete's list.
"If they offer, they'll definitely be up there," said Robinson. "It seems like things are moving in the direction and they may offer me. I definitely like what I hear about the school, especially with their prime time slot on Saturday. It's definitely something I'm looking into. I wouldn't go all that way if I wasn't serious about going to school there. They'd definitely be one of my top schools with an offer."
While a Notre Dame offer would help put them very high on Robinson's list, there's still the issue of what position he will play in college. He plays quarterback on his high school team, a position for which Arizona has recruited him. Notre Dame appears to be considering him for the for wide receiver. Robinson seems open to such a switch.
"If I switched to receiver, it would give me a head start at an NFL career," said Robinson. "I could make a name for myself and start to learn the position. There really isn't a negative either way I go. It's a win-win situation that I'm in. I'd say I have a greater upside at receiver though."
Whatever he decides, it doesn't appear that Robinson plans to pull the trigger any time soon. He plans to take all of his visits and decide after his football season.
One player that Notre Dame has offered and is very high on their wish list is defensive back Jamoris Slaughter. Slaughter, DB, 6-1, 170, Tucker High School, Tucker GA has narrowed his list to three choices and Notre Dame sits at the top.
"My top three are Notre Dame, LSU and Michigan," said Slaughter. "I've been to Notre Dame so they probably have the lead right now. I was hoping to visit Michigan and LSU this summer, but now I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make it. LSU is still possible because one of my coaches may take me over there."
Slaughter visited South Bend for the Blue-Gold game and came away impressed.
"At Notre Dame, I had a real good trip when I was up there," Slaughter said. "I've stayed in touch with Demetrius Jones, Toryan Smith, coach Brown, coach Weis and coach Lewis. I've stayed in touch with Brice Butler. When we were up at Notre Dame I knew it would be in my top three and he said the same thing. I'm not sure when he's going to make his decision, but he's looking at Notre Dame too. I may wait until my official visit to go back to Notre Dame."
Slaughter and Butler are friends off the field but intense competitors on it. They recently went up against each other in a seven on seven league.
"We just had a passing league and our school ended up going against Brice's school," explained Slaughter. "We got a chance to go up against each other and compete. We talked about the upcoming season and what our goals are. We did go against each other. He caught a deep ball on me, but I slipped. Next time I got an interception."
Slaughter's summer schedule will determine when he makes his college choice. If he can arrange trips to Michigan and LSU, he plans to commit before his season begins. If not, he plans to take official visits and commit sometime after that.
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Eyes.
Recruiting week in review.
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