With Matt Hegarty, Conor Hanratty and Jordan Prestwood committed, Notre Dame already has a solid group of offensive lineman for the 2011 recruiting class. Nonetheless since the 2010 class only yielded two offensive linemen (Tate Nichols, Christian Lombard) the Irish staff would like to add one more quality lineman in order to build depth for the future. IrishEyes takes a look at the top offensive line targets that remain on the board.
Antonio Richardson, (6-foot-6, 285-pounds): The lineman from Ensworth High School (Nashville, Tenn.) is Scout.com's No. 12 ranked offensive tackle and the prospect that they Irish staff would like to have in this class. Richardson hasn't really narrowed his mammoth list of schools down at this point, but that should happen fairly soon. Richardson has said that he'd like to play in the SEC, so it shouldn't be a surprise to see seven SEC schools in his main group of Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, USC, and Vanderbilt. The good news for Irish fans is that Richardson will be making an unofficial visit to South Bend on July 24. The downside concerning Richardson is that he intends to make his college very late into the process and the Irish may have filled their needs by that time. Hold
Zach DeBell, (6-foot-7, 265-pounds): DeBell from Tarpon Springs High School (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) is Scout.com's No. 25 rated offensive tackle. The Irish recently offered DeBell,and he didn't hide his excited about it. None of the top Florida schools have offered at this time which is a surprise considering the number of quality out of state offers that he has landed. DeBell recently listed his top group of schools as Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, South Carolina and UCLA. DeBell plans on taking all of his official visits and then make his decision after his season. He is in the process of arranging travel plans to make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame. If he makes that trip, the Irish could be the team to beat. Buy
Jay Whitmire, (6-foot-6, 290-pounds): Scout.com's No. 21 raked offensive tackle hails from T. C. Williams High School (Alexandria, Va.) Whitmire has been fairly quiet through the recruiting process, so it's hard to gauge his interest at this time. He hasn't begun to narrow his list of schools down at this point, but his top group of schools under consideration appears to be Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Boston College, Maryland, Cincinnati, UConn, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Rutgers, Virginia and West Virginia. There was talk about an unofficial visit to Notre Dame before his season started, but the window of opportunity is closing and no plans have been made as of yet. Hold
Patrick Flavin, (6-foot-7, 260-pounds): Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) is home to Scout.com's No. 49 ranked offensive tackle. It's no secret that Flavin would love the Irish to offer him a scholarship, but he is moving forward with his recruitment and it doesn't appear that an Irish offer is on the horizon. Sell
Cyrus Kouandjio, (6-foot-6, 291-pounds): The offensive lineman from DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) is the No. 1 ranked offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com. Cyrus' older brother Arie made his way to Alabama last year, and there is a good chance Cyrus could end up there as well. While Cyrus has said the right things about Notre Dame and said that he'd like to visit at some point, nothing has been scheduled. Sell
Xzavier Ward, (6-foot-7, 255-pounds): The product from Colquitt County High School (Moultrie, Ga.) is Scout.com's No. 29 ranked offensive tackle. The Irish recently extended Ward an offer, but it doesn't appear that he was impressed. A short time later Ward narrowed his list of schools to ten and the Irish didn't make the cut. Sell
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