Stock Report: Running Backs

September closes out with the Notre Dame football team registering a 3-1 record and the Irish 2010 recruiting class adding one prospect to take the total number of commitments to 15. While September was quiet on the recruiting front, expect October to be the fast and furious as the big USC weekend approaches.

Notre Dame's goal was to sign two quarterbacks in this class, so the Irish are all set Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix. The Irish also landed the big running back the wanted when Cameron Roberson committed on his official visit for the season opener against Nevada. The Irish would like to bring in one true tailback in this class and the names on the target list are about the same as they were over the summer. If Notre Dame doesn't land one of their 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 and he'd be a great addition to the Irish backfield. Scout.com's No. 13 ranked running back has taken an official visit to Washington (9/5) and he has a visit scheduled to in-state Cal for this weekend. Jordon's remaining three visits will be to Notre Dame (10/17), Arizona (11/7) and UCLA (11/21). James loved his visit to Washington, and he's been impressed with the effort they are giving new head coach Steve Sarkisian. UCLA is also a very strong contender for Jordon's services. I do think the Irish are holding strong here, but we won't know much more until James makes his visit for the USC game. 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.) Scout.com's No. 12 rated running back has taken two official visits thus far, Tennessee (9/12) and Oregon State (9/19). Notre Dame will get their chance to impress Bernard when he visits South Bend the weekend Irish take on USC (10/17). Bernard has cooled on Oklahoma, and two in-state schools, Florida and Miami in recent weeks, which leaves Florida State, Alabama, Nebraska and Oklahoma State on his list of suitors. Initially I thought Notre Dame would have to dominate its early opponents to have a chance with Bernard, but with the Irish running the ball effectively, and the way Weis has used Armando Allen, that should be enough to grab his attention. Hold

Marquis Flowers (6-foot-2, 195-pounds): Flowers wanted to have his list of schools narrowed down to five at this time, but that hasn't been easy for the Arizona athlete. Notre Dame has scored Flowers lone official visit, as he announced that he'll visit Notre Dame the weekend they play USC (10/17) Oregon will likely also receive a visit, but he Marquis has not made any plans as of yet. 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


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