While the high school seniors Notre Dame continues to pursue won't provide immediate depth, they will be will relied upon in the upcoming seasons. Ideally Notre Dame would like to add two safeties in the 2011 class, but one might suffice.
Wayne Lyons, (6-foot-1, 190-pounds): The product from Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is the No. 6 ranked safety by Scout.com. Lyons recently narrowed his list of schools to Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Stanford, Vanderbilt, UCLA and USF.
He'll likely trim that list down again before the start of his senior season. While a lot of athletes say that they are interested in academics, Lyons is serious, which is why schools like Notre Dame, Stanford, and Vanderbilt have made it past his first cut.
Many believe that Florida is the clear leader for Lyons. His sister is already in Gainesville, and his mom will likely move when Wayne graduates from high school. He did camp at Notre Dame last summer, and he has said that he is very comfortable with the campus. Florida has a wealth of players at safety, while the Irish are thin. Notre Dame may not lead at this point, but they will likely received one of his official visits. Get him on campus and go from there. Buy
Quincy Aldridge, (6-foot-2, 185-pounds): The safety from Whitehouse High School (Whitehouse, Texas) is ranked No. 26 by Scout.com. Aldridge suffered an knee injury in his junior season, and that injury has concerned colleges coaches. He holds one scholarship offer and that is a verbal offer from Notre Dame. Aldridge would like an offer from Texas A&M. He went to the Aggie summer camp, but left without the offer. Hold
T.J. Thorpe, (6-foot-0, 180-pounds): The athlete from C. E. Jordan High School (Durham, N.C.) is the No. 63 rated safety by Scout.com. Thorpe is committed to Notre Carolina, but wants to stay in touch with a handful of schools in case there is a shake-up at UNC. Notre Dame, UCLA, Stanford, Clemson and Virginia are the other schools still under consideration, and Thorpe has said that he intends on taking all of his official visits. As Notre Dame fans know, if a prospect is taking visits, the player is on the market. Hold
Lyndell Johnson, (6-foot-3, 190-pounds): The Plano East High School (Plano, Texas) product is the No. 22 ranked safety by Scout.com. Notre Dame was very high on Johnson, but he needed to do a little work in the classroom. He didn't want to do it, so he committed to Oklahoma State last week. Sell