IrishEyes Stock Report: Linebacker

Four of Notre Dame's top linebackers will exhaust their eligibility over the next two seasons, so it is imperative the Irish bring in a solid group of prospects in the 2011 recruiting class. IrishEyes looks at the top remaining prospects.

There is an emphasis on getting taller and longer on the defensive side of the ball and no place is that more apparent than recruiting at the linebacker position. Notre Dame has already grabbed three of its top targets at linebacker; middle linebacker Jarrett Grace, as well as outside linebackers Clay Burton and Ben Councell. Although the Irish are pleased with the group they have, the staff would like to add one more guy from the group of prospects below:

Christian French :(6-foot-6, 216-pounds): has the athlete from John F. Kennedy High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) listed as a tight end, but the Irish are looking to bring him in as an outside backer. French visited Notre Dame in March and will be in town today for another look at the Irish program. He has been holding his cards close to the vest, so it's difficult to get a good feel for where he's leaning. French has made a number of visits, and if the Irish can impress him this weekend, they will have as good as a chance as anyone to sign him. Hold

Anthony Chickillo , (6-foot-3, 230-pounds): The product from Alonso High School (Tampa, Fla.) is's No. 27 rated defensive end. Despite his ranking, he is one of the most sought after defensive end prospects in the country. Chickillo has made an number of unofficial visits this summer, and he has talked about getting up to South Bend to see Notre Dame, but nothing has been scheduled… and it is unlikely to happen. Chickillo's dad played at Miami, and he recently named the Hurricanes as his leader. Sell

Anthony Rabasa , (6-foot-3, 215-pounds): The athlete from Christopher Columbus High School (Miami, Fla.)is ranked No. 51 by Rabasa recently narrowed his list of schools down to Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, LSU and UCLA. The Irish haven't offered him a scholarship, but Rabasa is going to make an unofficial visit on July 28, with the mindset that he'll leave with an official offer. If the Irish do offer Anthony has been on record saying that it would be very difficult to walk away from South Bend without committing. I'm not sure the Irish will offer so… Hold

Ishaq Williams , (6-foot-5, 225-pounds): Williams, from Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, NY) ranked as the No. 7 defensive end in the country by He is probably the best athlete with the highest upside in this group. Williams has scholarship offers from just about everywhere, and has said that he is still wide open at this point. He does intend to take some unofficial visits this month and he should make it to South Bend. There is a long way to go in this race, as Williams will likely decide later in the process. Hold Top Stories