Recruiting A-List To Visit For Blue-Gold Game

The Blue-Gold game weekend isn't just about the current Notre Dame players on the field. It's also about the potential future Irish players in the stands, that are in South Bend on a recruiting visit. Irish Eyes has confirmed that several players sporting scholarship offers from head coach Charlie Weis will be in attendance.

Weis has to be pleased to know that all three of his verbal commitments in the class-of-2010 will be on campus and inside Notre Dame Stadium. Five-star defensive end Chris Martin, four-star offensive tackle Christian Lombard, and four-star receiver Daniel Smith will certainly be hyping up their future school to the others in attendance. All three are ranked in Scout.com's top-100 players in the country overall, and have told Irish Eyes they will be in attendance.

If the rest of the prospects in attendance eventually decide Notre Dame is the place for them, this class will certainly rival the nation's No. 1 haul that Weis and his staff brought in two National Signing Days ago.

The following list, is of guys that have Notre Dame scholarship offers, and confirmed with Irish Eyes, that they will indeed be in South Bend.

Four-star quarterback Nick Montana will be making the trip from Westlake Village, Calif., to watch his brother Nate, a walk-on quarterback for the Irish play, as well as take in the campus for the first time as a recruit. The son of former Notre Dame signal-caller and NFL Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana, the Oaks Christian High standout has seen the school several times.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Montana is currently keeping all of his recruiting options open, and is sporting scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Stanford and South Carolina. He'd like to make a college decision before the start of his senior season. If he chooses anywhere but Notre Dame, he'd be the only Montana sibling choosing to go elsewhere with his two sisters also going to school in South Bend.

Cape Coral (Fla.) High athlete Spencer Boyd will be making his first visit to Notre Dame with his father. Boyd says he's taking everything in stride regarding recruiting, but he favors a few schools more than the others, including the Irish. Weis keeps in touch with Boyd on a regular basis.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Boyd also holds scholarship offers from places like Michigan, Ole' Miss, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Purdue, and would like to make his college decision after taking his official visits. He could play both cornerback or running back on the next level, but the Irish staff sees Boyd more as a defensive back.

Four-star linebacker Khairi Fortt is beginning to emerge as one of the hottest linebacker recruits in the country. The Stamford, Conn., prospect also holds offers from the likes of Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Fortt will be visiting Notre Dame for the first time with his father, and has voiced to Irish Eyes many times that he loves the academic situation at the school. As of right now, the Irish staff sees Fortt at all of their linebacker positions.

Fortt would like to have a top-10 next month. A good visit should have Notre Dame making the first cut.

Four-star tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz will be arriving early Saturday morning. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Johnsburg (Ill.) High standout will be making his third trip to South Bend, also visiting during the summer and for the Michigan game last fall.

Fiedorowicz is currently favoring Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Miami, Illinois and Iowa, and could be the Irish's best chance at a verbal commitment this weekend, because he wants to decide by the end of the spring.

Four-star standout Corey Cooper was the first receiver Weis offered in this year's class. The Maywood, Ill., prospect earned his Irish full-ride at camp this past summer.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Cooper is a soft verbal commit to Illinois, but is exploring all of his options. Besides Notre Dame, he holds scholarship offers from the likes of Tennessee, Nebraska, Arizona, Stanford, Michigan State and Purdue, where his father played college football.

Cooper told Irish Eyes back in January that he almost flip-flopped his commitment to Notre Dame, but after talking it over with his dad, now doesn't plan on making his final decision anytime soon.

Five-star athlete Justin McCay says he'll be visiting South Bend, his first trip to Notre Dame since he camped two summers ago. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect from Shawnee Mission, Kan., would likely play receiver in an Irish uniform.

McCay says he has no favorites, but it's no secret he likes Florida a lot. He also holds scholarship offers from places like Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee. He is coached by former Notre Dame offensive lineman Tim Grunhard.

Five-star recruit Kyle Prater is listed as Scout.com's top receiver in the country. The cousin of former Irish quarterback/receiver Carlyle Holiday, the Hillside, Ill., product will be making his third trip to Notre Dame since the fall, after attending the Syracuse game and a junior day in January.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Prater doesn't plan on making his college decision until after his senior season, however, Notre Dame appears to be in good early shape. Prater also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan, Illinois, California and Auburn. He is coming this weekend with his parents.

Four-star offensive tackle James Stone will be taking in the Irish campus for the first time. He is coming with his head coach at Maplewood High (Nashville, Tenn.), Ralph Thompson.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Stone is capable of playing all three positions along the offensive line. He says that Notre Dame, Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are recruiting him the hardest. With distance from home being perhaps the only thing holding the Irish program back with Stone, a great visit this weekend could go a long way in landing Scout.com's 11th-ranked offensive tackle.

Scout.com, top-300 prospect, Lo Wood will be visiting Notre Dame for the first time as well. The Apopka (Fla.) High cornerback will be making the trip with his father.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Wood appears to be favoring Michigan early, but is also looking at places like Georgia Tech, Ole' Miss, Stanford and of course the Irish. Wood says he's considering all of his options.

Cody Riggs, another Scout.com top-300 player, will visit Notre Dame for the second time with his stepfather. The standout cornerback from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is from the same school that produced current Irish offensive linemen Sam Young and Dan Wenger, and incoming freshmen Ben Turk and Jordan Cowart.

The 5-foot-9 ½, 165-pound Riggs camped at Notre Dame last summer, and says the Irish are one of the schools recruiting him the hardest. He has a top seven of Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Wake Forest and Wisconsin, and would like to make a decision on National Signing Day.

Riggs is the nephew of former Irish receiver Bobby Brown.

Two players that Irish Eyes has heard is coming, that holds a Notre Dame scholarship offer, is five-star offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, and four-star offensive tackle Matt James.

Henderson, from St. Paul, Minn., would be making his first trip to Notre Dame. A former prep teammate with current Irish receiver Michael Floyd, the 6-foot-8, 301-pound Henderson is ranked as Scout.com's top overall player in the country.

A decision isn't expected for Henderson until one of the all-star games in January. Some of the schools he's looking at the hardest are Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, USC, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Minnesota.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound James recently told Irish Eyes that Notre Dame is in his top three with Ohio State and the hometown school Cincinnati. The St. Xavier star would like to make a decision before his senior season, and has also attended an Irish spring practice a couple weeks ago, as well as the Pittsburgh game last fall.

Irish Eyes has learned that several other recruiting prospects, that don't hold a Notre Dame scholarship offer, will be in attendance.

North Olmsted, Ohio offensive lineman Matt Rotheram has confirmed with us that he'll be on the Irish campus. Others that could attend are Andrew Donnal, Morgan Linton, Geoffrey Gibson, Sean McFadden, Quan Weaver, Brad Bars, Cameron Stover, Tremondae Branch, Cameron Roberson, Zachary Hundertmark, Demetrus Johnson, Luke Massa, Zach Fulton and Jordan Paskorz.


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