Irish Eyes Stock Report: Wide Receiver

Brian Kelly's offense has a reputation for being wide receiver friendly, so the Irish should be able to grab a top pass catcher in the 2011 recruiting class. IrishEyes reviews Notre Dame's current standing regarding its top WR prospects.

Notre Dame will likely have seven wide receivers on its roster at the start of the 2011 season. That's a nice sized group, so the Irish will likely take one receiver, maybe two with the 2011 class. Below are the top prospects that are still on the Irish recruiting board.

Kasen Williams , (6-foot-2, 195-pounds): The nation's top wide receiver prospect from Skyline High School (Issaquah, Wash.) is somewhat similar to Michael Floyd, in that he doesn't have top-end speed, but he's got very good size, outstanding hands and attacks the ball when it's in the air. Williams recently narrowed his list of schools down to ten and the Irish made the cut. In fact, Williams is expected to make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame later this month. His parents went to Washington, so the Huskies will certainly be in the fight, along with Alabama, Florida, Cal, LSU, Washington State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma. ND assistants Mike Denbrock and Tony Alford are working hard to keep the Irish in the hunt.: Hold

George Atkinson , (6-foot-2, 195-pounds): The Granada High School (Livermore, Calif.) product is being recruited by most schools as either running back or wide receiver. He certainly could fit either position at Notre Dame, and it appears the Irish are selling him on the possibility of playing both spots in Kelly's offense. George, along with his twin brother Josh (offered as a cornerback), have talked about taking a visit to South Bend this summer. That is still possible, but if that doesn't materialize, expect the pair to make an official visit this fall. Oregon and Cal could be the main competition for the Irish: Hold

Miles Shuler, (5-foot-11, 175-pounds): At Long Branch High School (Long Branch, N.J.) Shuler plays quarterback, but once he lands on a college campus he'll likely end up playing wide receiver or possibly cornerback. He recently named his top-10 as; Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Northwestern, California, Stanford and Cincinnati. Florida and Alabama are the only schools recruiting Shuler as a defensive back. Shuler won the 100M state title with a 10.37. He went on to finish fourth in the nation in the 100M. As most know, he is good friends with Notre Dame freshman wide receiver Bennett Jackson, and they have been staying in close contact. Shuler is also close friends with fellow Irish recruit, Savon Huggins. Shuler was suppose to take an unofficial visit when Huggins traveled to South Bend in late June, but those plans fell through. He is still considering and visit this summer, but time is running out. Nonetheless the Irish should be solidly in Shuler's top-5 and be in position to land one of his official visits. Hold

Hakeem Flowers, (6-foot-3, 180-pounds): The wide receiver from Wade Hampton High School (Greenville, S.C.) is rated No . 82 by, but don't let that fool you in terms of his popularity with college coaches. Flowers has over 40 scholarship offers from around the country. Flowers had plans to have his list narrowed down at this time, but he's pushed that back to some point to later in July. Flowers is another prospect that talked about visiting South Bend this summer, but that isn't likely to happen. If Flowers is to make it to Notre Dame, it will need to be at some point this fall. Flowers appears to be completely open, so… Hold

DaVaris Daniels , (6-foot-2, 180-pounds): Daniels from Vernon Hills High School (Vernon Hills, Ill.) has named Notre Dame as one of his leaders along with Miami. Daniels has been a favorite of Irish fans, and many had's No. 12 rated wide receiver pegged for Notre Dame's 2011 recruiting class, but he might need to do some work in the classroom before that can happen. Everything is on hold with Notre Dame and Daniels for now. Sell

Richard Rodgers, (6-foot-4, 230-pounds-pounds): The product from St. John's High School (Shrewsbury, Mass.) is an interesting prospect for Notre Dame. Rodgers could play a hybrid wide receiver-tight end position in Brian Kelly's offense. He recently made a trip to Notre Dame and the Irish appear in his top-5 along with Cal, Oregon, Maryland, Boston College. His dad played at Cal, so the Golden Bears may have an edge in this race. Rodgers would like to have his decision made before he begins his senior season. Hold Top Stories