ND's Ties To The Scout.com Top-100 In 2010

The Scout.com top-100 for the class-of-2010 was recently released, and Notre Dame has been targeting quite a few of those prospects for quite a long time.

Who are the Irish in good with? Who has already eliminated them? Who is on the radar?

Irish Eyes takes a look starting at the top.

*Quarterback Jake Heaps, one of ten players to earn five-star honors, is the only signal-caller Charlie Weis and his staff have offered. Weis actually left one of Notre Dame's practices to take a call from Heaps, so he could personally offer the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Issaquah, Wash., product.

Weis has already attended one of Heaps' games this fall, making him just one of two recruits he's done that for so far. The other being class-of-2009 five-star linebacker Manti Te'o.

This fall, Heaps led Skyline High to another state championship, and now he hopes to put together a top-10 list of schools. The Irish appear to be in good position to make that list, and Heaps plans on visiting the campus for the first time sometime in the future.

*Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson garnered five-star status, and the 6-foot-8, 301-pound standout from Cretin Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., has seen plenty of the Irish staff. Weis and assistant coach Rob Ianello have been regulars at the school over the years, recruiting both Henderson and current freshman receiver Michael Floyd. In the past, Notre Dame has been able to land guys like Marcus Freeman, Ryan Harris and Matt Carufel, also Cretin alums.

Henderson tried to visit Notre Dame for the Syracuse game, but couldn't get transportation. He has never been to the campus, but plans to do so sometime in the future.

*Jackson Jeffcoat was one of the first members in this class to earn an Irish offer, but the five-star defensive end from Plano, Texas, has already listed his three favorites as Texas, Oklahoma and USC. He is the son of former Dallas Cowboys' standout Jim Jeffcoat.

*Five-star offensive tackle Christian Lombard is real high on Notre Dame, and could be back on campus for one of the Irish's bowl practices on Thursday. From Palantine, Ill., Lombard has camped in South Bend, and he attended the Michigan game this past fall.

*As reported by Irish Eyes on Tuesday, five-star defensive end Chris Martin has Notre Dame and USC as his two favorites. Out of Oakland, Calif., Martin could make a verbal commitment somewhere by February. He has family from Bedford, Ind., and visited the Irish campus for the first time this past summer. He remains in regular contact with the coaching staff.

*Five-star receiver Justin McCay is a receiver from Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He could be next in line for an offer. That's what the Notre Dame coaching staff has told McCay's head coach, Tim Grunhard, a Notre Dame graduate and starter on the 1988 National Championship team. McCay recently told Irish Eyes he is very interested in the Irish, and he camped in South Bend two summers ago.

*Four-star defensive end Darryl Baldwin of Solon (Ohio) High, is a guy the Irish are monitoring closely.

*Anthony Barr, of Loyola High in Los Angeles, is a name Notre Dame fans know well. The son of former Irish running back Tony Brooks, and obviously the nephew of Reggie Brooks, the four-star Barr holds a offer and has Notre Dame among his early favorites. He camped in South Bend this past summer, and also attended the Stanford game.

Barr also likes USC, Stanford and UCLA, and holds offers from all of those programs. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Barr could play running back, defensive end, outside linebacker or safety on the next level.

*Four-star offensive tackle Seth Betancourt of Philadelphia, Pa., is a guy Notre Dame is monitoring closely.

*Corey Brown, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound, four-star running back from Cardinal O'Hara High in Springfield, Pa., holds an Irish offer, but doesn't know much about the Notre Dame program. Now that his junior season is over, Brown plans to put more time into recruiting, and the Irish are one of the schools he plans to look into.

*C.J. Fiedorowicz, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound, four-star tight end from Johnsburg (Ill.) High, picked up a Notre Dame offer this summer. The Irish offer and getting an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American game, were two of the things that excited Fiedorowicz the most this summer.

The Irish are one of the early leaders for Fiedorowicz, along with LSU.

*Four-star linebacker Khairi Fortt, of Stamford, Conn., is a guy Notre Dame is monitoring closely.

*Devin Gardner, a 6-foot-4, 196-pound, four-star quarterback from Inkster (Mich.) High, camped at Notre Dame this summer and attended the Michigan game. He has been in contact with the Irish coaching staff including Weis, and could be involved in the next wave of quarterbacks to receive an offer.

*James Hurst picked up a Notre Dame offer this summer after camp, and the 6-foot-5, 271-pound, four-star offensive tackle from Plainfield (Ind.) High, has the Irish among his early favorites. He attended the Purdue game this fall.

Hurst's older brother players for Mississippi State, but he also has plenty of Notre Dame fans in his family.

*Malcolm Jones, a four-star running back from Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif., is a former prep teammate of Jimmy Clausen's. He's definitely a player on Notre Dame's radar.

*Tai-ler Jones, a four-star receiver from Gainesville (Ga.) High, is the son of former Notre Dame standout Andre Jones. The Irish coaching staff recently paid a visit to Jones in school, and this week they asked for his transcripts. Jones could be next in line for a Notre Dame offer.

Jones visited South Bend for the first time this past summer for the Michigan game. His father's 1988 National Championship team was honored that afternoon.

*Brandon Linder is another player that earned a Notre Dame scholarship offer following camp this summer, and the four-star offensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has already narrowed down his favorites to the Irish, Miami and Florida. He hopes to decide sometime before his senior season.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Linder can play all three offensive line positions, but the Notre Dame staff likes him at offensive tackle. Linder is from the same high school as current Irish offensive linemen Dan Wenger and Sam Young, as well as current verbal commits Ben Turk and Jordan Cowart of the 2009 recruiting class.

Linder attended the Notre Dame-Michigan game this fall.

*D.J. Morgan, a four-star running back out of Woodland Hills, Calif., was a player the Irish were targeting, but Morgan has already given a verbal commitment to USC.

*Trovon Reed, a four-star receiver from Thibodaux (La.) High, has reported that Notre Dame sends him regular mail.

*Dietrich Riley, a four-star athlete from La Canada, Calif., was going to visit Notre Dame for the Syracuse game, but couldn't put the trip together. The Irish coaching staff has been in regular touch, and at some point in the near future, Riley could receive an offer.

*Mark Shuman, a four-star offensive tackle from Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, is a player the Irish staff is monitoring closely.

*Daniel Smith, a four-star receiver from South Bend, attended every Irish home game this season. The brother-in-law of former Irish standout safety Gerome Sapp, Smith would likely jump at a Notre Dame offer. He has already said the program is his early favorite.

*Jamel Turner, a four-star defensive end from Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline High, picked up an Irish offer and attended the Michigan game, however, he recently gave a verbal commitment to Jim Tressell and Ohio State.

*Austin White is a four-star running back from Livonia, Mich. The Stevenson High standout camped at Notre Dame this summer and attended the Michigan game. His two older brothers play for Michigan State, where his father also ran track. White is definitely on the radar for a possible Irish offer.

*Brandon Willis, a four-star defensive end from Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., is a guy the Irish staff is keeping a close eye on. Willis said a Notre Dame assistant coach was at one of his practices this past season.

*Connor Wood is a four-star quarterback from Houston, Texas that is on the Notre Dame radar. Wood has told Irish Eyes he would like to hear more from the Irish program.

*Robert Woods is a s four-star receiver from Gardena, Calif., that is on the Irish radar. Like Wood, Woods has told Irish Eyes that he would also like to hear more from Notre Dame.

A lot of the players from Scout.com's top-100 that aren't mentioned in this story, are likely on Notre Dame's regular mailing list right now, and will be evaluated at some point in the future.

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