Final Push

Heading into the last recruiting weekend prior to signing day, Notre Dame will host one of the largest groups of recruits the campus has seen all year. The Irish currently have 17 commitments for the 2010 recruiting class, but the Notre Dame coaching staff would certainly like to build on that number. IrishEyes takes a look at the prospects that Notre Dame will be hosting.

Notre Dame needs offensive linemen and Matt James from St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) looks to be the lone lineman the Irish have a chance to land. Notre Dame already has two linemen committed in Christian Lombard and Tate Nichols, but it is imperative that the Irish sign the 6-foot-7, 260-pound James. Matt will likely decide between Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Quarterback Luke Massa (6-foot-4, 175-pounds) is James' teammate at St. Xavier, and he had committed to Brian Kelly while he was at Cincinnati. Massa's high school coach recently contacted Kelly to see if he had any interest in Luke, which led to this weekend's official visit. If Massa were to flip to Notre Dame, he would be the third quarterback in this recruiting class.

Notre Dame just recently contacted Kona Schwenke of Kahuku High School (Hawaii) and it wasn't until Wednesday of this week that Schwenke received an offer from the Irish. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end had been committed to BYU, but when word reached the BYU staff that Kona was taking a visit to ND, they pulled his scholarship offer. It's likely that BYU would still take Kona is he called them, but there might be a little bad blood as a line was drawn. Schwenke is Mormon, and he is friends with Roby Toma and Manti Te'o.

Schwenke is also friends with Jeremy Ioane, who is a former teammate of Toma and Te'o at the Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii). At 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, Ioane doesn't have ideal size to play safety, but he can cover ground and unload on the ball carrier when he gets there. He has one of the more impressive highlight films we've seen all year. Ioane will consider the Washington, Boise State, and the Irish.

Danny Spond is a fantastic athlete from Columbine High School (Littleton, Colo.) The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect played quarterback and linebacker for Columbine, but it is likely the Irish would like to use Spond on defense. He's considering the Irish and TCU.

Derek Roback from Waverly High School (Ohio) is another interesting prospect that could play a lot of positions. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Roback player wide receiver and safety early in his high school career, before taking over at quarterback. Brian Kelly will likely give him a look at a number of positions, but Derek looks like a very good safety prospect. Kelly did offer Roback a scholarship when he was at Cincinnati. Roback is currently committed to Toledo.

Bruce Heggie from Mount Dora High School (Fla.) is the mystery recruit. Heggie's name surfaced late this week. Heggie doesn't have a Division I scholarship offer, but at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds Heggie looks to have the physical tools to develop into a player. It's up in the air whether the Irish would offer Heggie, but supposedly a few Irish assistants are intrigued by his potential.

Also in town this weekend are six players that have already committed to Notre Dame. When added to the five players (Lo Wood, Spencer Boyd, Tommy Rees, Chris Badger and Tai-ler Jones) that enrolled in January, the Irish will have 11 recruits from the 2010 recruiting class on campus this weekend. The six commitments that will be visiting this weekend are:

Quarterback Andrew Hendrix (Moeller High School, Cincinnati, Ohio)

Offensive lineman Christian Lombard (Fremd High school, Palatine, Ill.)

Offensive lineman Tate Nichols (Ryle High School, Union, Ky.)

Tight end Alex Welch (Elder High SChool, Cincinnati, Ohio)

Wide receiver Austin Collinsworth (Highlands High School, Fort Thomas, Ky.)

Wide receiver Daniel Smith (Clay High School, South Bend, Ind.)

Stanford commitment, running back Brandon Bourbon from Potosi High School, Mo.) was also supposed to take an official visit this weekend, but was not able to make it due to a snow storm that hit his area. Top Stories