Stock Report: Running Back

As the Notre Dame football team gears up for two-a-days, most Notre Dame fans will shift their attention to the battles being waged on the Notre Dame practice fields. Despite that shift, the recruiting battles will still go on, so IrishEyes will bring everyone up to date on where Notre Dame stands with its recruiting targets with an August stock report.

Notre Dame has received commitments from two quarterbacks, Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix. Notre Dame's goal was to sign two, so we won't look at any quarterbacks. Running back is a different story. The Irish would like to bring in two, one a true tailback and another as a full back. There aren't many names remaining on their recruiting board, but the Irish really don't have to reach here. If they don't land one of the remaining prospects, you might see the coaching staff stand pat.

Jordon James (5-10, 190-pounds): James is a strong, powerful running back with very good speed. He'd be a great addition to the Irish backfield. In five games as a junior he rushed for 1,135 yards. Scout.com's No. 8 ranked running back has four of his official visits set; Washington (9/5), Arizona (11/7), UCLA(11/21) and Notre Dame (10/17). His last official visit will be to either Tennessee or in-state Cal. Early on Florida looked to be a strong contender for James, but he recently dropped them from his top list of schools. This was somewhat of a surprise because Jordon appeared to be fairly high on the Gators. This latest move really opens things up, and I believe this helps Notre Dame considerably. James is a kid that would do very well at Notre Dame. Buy

Giovanni Bernard (5-foot-9, 195-pounds): One of three prospects on Notre Dame's target list that play at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) As a junior he rushed for 1,578 yards and 18 touchdowns. Gio has his list of schools down to roughly ten; Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He hasn't really revealed who on his list will receive his visits, but that should become clearer in the next 30 days as he intends to shave his list of schools down to five. Notre Dame has a solid shot to grab one of the top spots, and if the Irish have a big 2009 season, they'll be in the mix. Hold

Marquis Flowers (6-foot-2, 195-pounds): Flowers will have his list of schools narrowed down to ten fairly soon, and then he'd like to have his official visits solidified by the first or second weekend of September. Flowers is fairly certain Notre Dame and Oregon will receive two of his official visits. Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State, Nebraska, Cal, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Colorado and Washington are the other schools Marquis is still considering. He'll take most of his visits after his senior season is completed, which means that he'll be making a late decision. Everyone is recruiting him to play safety except Notre Dame. On the surface that would lead one to think that the Irish would have a recruiting edge, but Flowers might actually prefer to play on the defensive side of the ball in college. Nonetheless, with Notre Dame already slotted for a visit, things look promising. Buy

Michael Dyer (5-foot-10, 195-pounds): There were reports in late spring that Dyer was planning a visit to Notre Dame, but since nothing has been scheduled. In the meantime, there have been rumors floating around that Michael committed to Auburn. He has denied those reports, but he's since named three schools as his favorites… Notre Dame wasn't one of them. Sell, Sell, Sell

Hayes Pullard (6-foot-2, 220-pounds): Is listed as the No.3 rated middle linebacker by Scout.com, but the Irish are recruiting him to play fullback. He seemed genuinely surprised and excited when he receive his scholarship offer from Notre Dame. He has since stated that he'd like to visit Notre Dame when they take on his hometown USC Trojans on October 17. Notre Dame would love to get a chance to impress him, but his eye may be more on the visitors than the home team. Pullard should release his list of official visits shortly. If the Irish make the cut, they have a chance to swing a player many expect to stay on the West Coast. Hold

Cameron Roberson (6-foot-1, 215-pounds): The Newbury Park (Calif.) product visit South Bend for the spring game. Roberson was hoping to land a scholarship offer, and eventually did when the Irish called him at the beginning of July. Notre Dame would like Roberson to come in as a fullback, but Cameron would like to carry the ball at the next level. Notre Dame, Arizona, Northwestern, and Washington are his top four schools at this time, and Roberson should announce his decision sometime in August. I think the decision will come down to what position Cameron wants to play, not where he wants to play. Buy


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