IrishEyes Stock Report: RB

Notre Dame has a wealth of talent in its backfield now, but the Irish coaches need to look to the future and make certain the depth chart is filled with talented ball carriers. IrishEyes takes a look at the group of running back prospects that are on the Notre Dame recruiting board for the class of 2011.

Although running back doesn't appear to be a position of need today, that will change in a hurry. Armando Allen and Robert Hughes will be playing their final season at Notre Dame in 2010. One year later Jonas Gray will be playing his final season for the Irish. If the Notre Dame fails to sign a running back with the 2011 recruiting class, that would leave Cierre Wood and Cameron Roberson as the only upperclassmen in the backfield for the 2012 season.

Notre Dame has a number of highly rated prospects still on their board. They might not be the leader for their top guys, but they are certainly in the mix.

Savon Huggins, (5-foot-11, 198-pounds) St. Peters Preparatory School (Jersey City, N.J.):'s No. 6 ranked running back, is the complete back that Brian Kelly seeks for his offense. He has game-breaking ability whenever he touches the ball. Huggins can run inside as well as outside. He's a strong runner that has very good balance, so he's difficult to bring down. Huggins can catch the ball out of the backfield and he doesn't mind blocking. His high school runs the spread offense, but he has indicated that he may prefer to run out of pro-set in college. In-state Rutgers appeared to hold a solid lead for Huggins, but his recent trip to Notre Dame may have loosened the Scarlet Knights grip a little. Savon's biggest question about Notre Dame was how he'd be used in Brian Kelly's offense. Those questions seemed to be answered on his visit. There is a long way to go in this race, and plenty of recruiting work for the Irish to do, but they made his top-10 and it is very likely they will make into his top-five. Expect Savon to make a return trip to South Bend in the fall. Buy

Brendon Bigelow, Central East High School (Fresno, Calif.): The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Bigelow is rated as the No. 11 ranked running back in the nation by He's the fastest running back on Notre Dame's board, and he has power to go with the speed. Bigelow likely would have been a top-five back if he hadn't suffered a knee injury last season. Because of the knee injury, colleges were slow to extend scholarship offers. Washington was the first school that made the commitment to Brendon, so he quickly committed to the Huskies. Since then, he has reeled 10 more invites including one from Notre Dame. Although Bigelow has talked about making a trip to Notre Dame, I doubt that will happen. He likely won't stick with Washington, but he it's unlikely he'll end up at Notre Dame. Sell

Jameel Poteat Bishop McDevitt High School (Harrisburg, Pa.): Poteat is's No. 14 ranked running back. At 5-foot-11, 200-pounds he has the body to be an outstanding college back. He plays at the high school that produced Irish legend Ricky Watters. The new staff would love to develop inroads to McDevitt and Poteat seems to be very excited about the opportunity of playing at Notre Dame. He's talked about making a visit to South Bend, but as time goes on nothing has been scheduled. Poteat recently narrowed his list of schools down to Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Iowa, Connecticut, Florida and USC. Despite being in his final eight schools, Notre Dame has not extended Poteat a written offer. If they decided to offer this will change, but as of now… Sell

Justice Hayes, (5-foot-10, 182-pounds) Grand Blanc High School (Mich.): Hayes is ranked as the No. 15 ranked running back in the nation by He has a lot of the same qualities as Huggins, although he probably doesn't have the big-play ability that you get with Huggins. Nonetheless, Hayes is still an outstanding back that would fit very well in Notre Dame's offense. Hayes recently narrowed his final list of schools down to Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Tennessee. Hayes grew up a Michigan State fan, and some that feel the Spartans are the team to beat. If that's the case, Notre Dame appears to be the team that will push Michigan State for Hayes' signature. Hayes hasn't been to Notre Dame since March, but plans to make an unofficial visit this month. Hold

Remound Wright, Bishop Dwenger High School (Ft. Wayne, Ind.): If there's a prospect you can't help but root for, it's Wright. He's a great kid from a top in-state program that has sent a number of kids to Notre Dame recently. Wright is an all-around back that plays bigger than his 5-foot-8, 195-pound frame. He has good speed, great vision and is difficult to get to the ground. Remound was just at Notre Dame for their 7-on-7 tournament and then back a couple days later for their one-day camp. At the one-day camp he was one of the more impressive athletes, and showed why he deserved his No. 20 national ranking by Currently Wright is committed to Stanford, but if the Irish extend an offer, it would certainly make him think. Hold

Daniel Lasco,(6-foot-1, 195-pounds), The Woodlands High School (Texas): Lasco is the No. 16 ranked running back in the country. The Irish extended him an offer back in May bringing his total to nearly 30 scholarships. It's tough to gauge his interest because he really hasn't made himself available to the media, but Lasco might be someone to keep an eye on. If the Irish could pull Lasco, he'd be the first Woodlands product the Irish have signed since defensive end Travis Leitko in 2002. Hold Top Stories