Stock Report: Wide Receivers

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 already has two wide receiver commitments (Daniel Smith, Bennett Jackson), but they'd like to take at least one if not two more depending on how the rest of the class shakes out. The prospects remaining on the recruiting board at wide receiver are all top guys with scholarship offers from coast to coast. If two of the prospects listed below wanted to come to Notre Dame, I think the Irish coaches would take them. However, this is a position where the Irish don't need to reach, so if ND doesn't grab one of the guys they've already offered, they may not extend any additional scholarships.

Kyle Prater (6-foot-5, 205-pounds): Scout.com's No. 1 ranked wide receiver prospect. The prep star from Proviso West High School (Hillside, Ill.) has offers from everyone, but recently pared his options down to five schools; Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Tennessee. He recently named USC as his leader, with Notre Dame, Illinois, Oklahoma and Tennessee trailing the Trojans. I'd venture to guess that the Irish might just be at the backend of Prater's top-five. There's still time for ND to make up some ground, but Prater plans on graduating early, so he'd like to make a decision within the next couple months. Initially it seemed like Notre Dame would be there until the end, but this has been trending the wrong way for some time. Sell

Justin McCay (6-foot-3, 205-pounds): Like Prater, early on it seemed like the Irish would be a great fit for the prospect from Bishop Miege High School (Shawnee, Kans.), but as everything started to settle this summer, the Irish seemed to slip and McCay has failed to mention them in a number of interviews. Justin recently named Florida, Missouri and Oklahoma as his top schools. He'll likely take his visits, and he might take a trip to South Bend, but I don't hold out much hope for this prep star. Sell, Sell, Sell

Robert Woods (6-foot-2, 185-pounds): The Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, Calif.) athlete is Scout.com's No. 4 ranked wide receiver. Woods is the going to be a big-time player at the next level and he'd be a perfect fit with the needs of Notre Dame at this point. Woods hasn't said much about his favorites, but I don't expect the Irish to make his final list of schools. It's a good thing that Notre Dame has recruited well in the defensive backfield, because it's likely that the Irish will see Woods on the other side of the ball over the next four seasons. Sell

Kadron Boone (6-foot-1, 195-pounds): Don't let Scout.com's No. 39 ranking fool you, the Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Fla.) wide receiver is a player and he's got scholarship offers from the top schools in Florida as well as those outside the state. Boone listed his top-nine as Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Miami and Cincinnati. Rumors have circulated that he has had various favorites throughout his recruitment, but at this time, he claims that he isn't favoring anyone. Boone will narrow his list down shortly and name the schools he intends to take official visits to. Not many Notre Dame fans have high hopes for Boone, but the Irish may be able to nab one of his official visits, and he may be a prospect that could be persuaded to come to ND if the Irish have a big season. Hold

Tai-ler Jones (6-foot-0, 174-pounds): Jones is another wide receiver prospect Notre Dame fans expected to sign with the Irish in February, but somewhere along the way the No. 17 ranked wide receiver and Gainesville High School (Ga.) product decided to take a detour to Palo Alto (Calif.) Jones is going to take an official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game, but for the time being, the Stanford commitment is holding firm with the Cardinal. Don't expect much movement from Tai-lor until October 17th. Hold


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