IrishEyes Stock Report: Cornerback

While it's great to have a lot of experience at cornerback, it also means that you won't have those players around much longer. That is the situation Notre Dame faces, so it is vital that they restock the depth chart with the 2011 recruiting class. IrishEyes takes a look at the top cornerback prospects that remain on the recruiting board.

At the start of the 2011 season, the Irish will have only four experienced cornerbacks on the roster; Gary Gray, Robert Blanton, Lo Wood and E.J. Banks. Gray and Blanton will be in their final season of eligibility. Cornerback has been a difficult position for Notre Dame to recruit over the years, but the new Irish coaching staff has done a solid job of identifying the prospects that will work in their system and then getting a commitment from those prospects. Notre Dame has commitments from Matthias Farley and Eilar Hardy at this point, but ideally the Irish would like to bring in one more cornerback in 2011.

Josh Atkinson , (6-foot-0, 180-pounds): The cornerback from Granada High School (Livermore, Calif.) is ranked No. 35 at his position by Notre Dame fans should probably root for Josh to be the third cornerback in the class. If Josh were to commit to Notre Dame, it is very likely that his twin brother, George, would also join Notre Dame's 2011 class. Both have indicated that Oregon could be the team to beat, with Cal a close second. The brothers have been to Oregon a couple times, so that is a big reason they hold a lead at this time. The Atkinson's are making stops at Alabama and Florida over the next week, and are still trying to arrange a trip to Notre Dame before they start practice at the beginning of August. If they don't make it to South Bend for an unofficial visit, both will take an official visits to Notre Dame in the fall. Hold

Jalen Brown, (6-foot-0, 170-pounds): The athlete from MacArthur High School (Irving, Texas) is's No. 75 ranked cornerback. Nebraska, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Oklahoma (no offer) and LSU (no offer) appear to be the frontrunners for Brown. Texas A&M might be the team to beat at this time. Brown has several friends already in College Station and a couple more already committed to the Aggies. If LSU or Oklahoma extends an offer, either could jump to the top. As far as Notre Dame, Brown has spoken highly of the Irish. He has been consistent about his desire to make a visit to South Bend, but if that happens, it will likely have to be in the fall. Hold

Dominique Noble, (6-foot-1, 185-pounds): The cornerback from West Rowan High School (Mount Ulla, N.C.) is ranked as the No. 60 cornerback by Noble has his list of schools narrowed down to Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Penn State. The good news is that Notre Dame is in Noble's top-3. The bad news is that he's listed Georgia Tech as his leader and has recently said that he make a decision before the start of his season. If Noble pushes his announcement back, he has said that he will visit both Notre Dame and Penn State. If the Irish can get him on campus, they'll have a shot, but I'm not sure he'll ever make it to South Bend. Sell

Valdez Showers, (6-foot-0, 185-pounds):'s No. 9 ranked safety hails from Madison High School (Madison Heights, Mich.) Showers made an appearance at the Notre Dame football camp in late June. He had a solid performance, but the Irish coaching staff did not extend a scholarship offer. If the Irish do offer, Showers said that they would jump right into the mix. At this time his top schools are Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Auburn, and Florida, all have offered. Showers isn't going to make a decision anytime soon, but if the Irish are going to have a chance, they may need to get in the game soon. Hold Top Stories