Defense Recruiting Big Board- 10.1.13

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All the latest news and notes for Notre Dame recruiting on defense.

NOTRE DAME CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON DEFENSE TO FINISH THE 2014 CYCLE

Welcome to the latest installment of the OFD Big Board. Today we focus on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.996 Lorenzo Carter GA 6-5/232 Mild
.935 Matt Elam KY 6-6/350 Mild
.946 Lorenzo Featherston NC 6-7/220 Cold
.940 Josh Frazier AR 6-3/324 Cold
.989 Myles Garrett TX 6-4/240 Cold
.998 Da'Shawn Hand VA 6-4/254 Cold
.968 Thomas Holley NY 6-4/285 Mild
.874 Melvin Keihn MD 6-3/225 Cold
.980 Malik McDowell MI 6-7/290 Cold
.923 Anthony Moten FL 6-4/279 Cold
.946 Derrick Nnadi VA 6-1/305 Cold
.967 Kentavius Street NC 6-2/262 Cold
.989 Solomon Thomas TX 6-3/256 Cold
.908 Andrew Williams GA 6-4/247 Mild

The lone defensive commit since we last checked in was California defensive end prospect Jaylen Johnson giving his verbal to Boise State.

Notre Dame continues to try and lock Lorenzo Carter up for an official visit. He's visited Georgia and Auburn in recent weeks and took an official to Florida two weekends ago.

Matt Elam has scheduled official visits to Notre Dame, Kentucky, and Alabama for later in the season but he continues to visit Kentucky on a regular basis with unofficial visits.

Garrett visited A&M a couple weeks ago, Hand took an official to Michigan earlier in the season and will visit Alabama in a month, Keihn visited Maryland two weeks ago, McDowell's latest visit was to Michigan for the Notre Dame game, Nnadi visited Virginia a few weeks ago, Thomas visited Texas a couple weeks ago, and Williams was at Georgia back in week two.

The Irish are still in contact with Holley and will visit him next month. He's yet to schedule official visits and we're hoping to get one of those in the future.

Featherston, Frazier, Moten, and Street have all been quiet over the past month.

Linebacker
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.964 Rashaan Evans AL 6-3/220 Cold
.939 Edwin Freeman TX 6-0/212 Cold
.984 Clifton Garrett IL 6-2/228 Cold
.857 Vincent Jackson FL 6-2/235 Cold
.991 Raekwon McMillan GA 6-2/242 Cold
.973 Nyles Morgan IL 6-2/228 Cold
.904 Kenny Young LA 6-2/220 Cold

Rashaan Evans visited Auburn back in week one and is just coming off a visit to UCLA. Vincent Jackson's lone visit this season was to Oregon a couple weeks ago. Raekwon McMillan visited Georgia this past weekend and will go to Clemson in a few weeks.

Notre Dame didn't make Edwin Freeman's top four recently. He has Texas, TCU, and Oklahoma in the mix with Texas A&M leading.

Clifton Garrett still seems intent on playing in the SEC. He's visited Florida recently and will take an official to Tennessee early next month.

The staff hasn't given up on Nyles Morgan but he still hasn't scheduled a visit to South Bend.

Defensive Back
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.987 Jamal Adams TX 6-0/199 Cold
.995 Tony Brown TX 6-0/188 Cold
.862 Payton Hendrix TX 6-3/190 Mild
.996 Adoree Jackson CA 5-9/182 Cold
.883 Mattrell McGraw LA 6-0/183 Cold
.989 Jalen Tabor DC 6-1/182 Cold
.946 Nick Watkins TX 6-1/185 Mild
.947 Parrker Westphal IL 6-0/186 Cold

Purdue commit Drue Tranquill visited West Lafayette for the Irish game and was in South Bend for the Michigan State game two weekends ago. Insiders still expect him flip to Notre Dame, bulk up, and play linebacker for the Irish.

In recent weeks Jamal Adams has visited Texas A&M and Florida. Tony Brown is also coming off an unofficial visit to Texas A&M. Jalen Tabor has been to Maryland nearly every weekend this season. Parrker Westphal is coming off an official visit to Vanderbilt this past weekend.

The coaching staff is still working Adoree Jackson to get him to come to South Bend. He was at USC's loss to Washington State back in week two.

Nothing has changed for Watkins and Hendrix as they'll both be in South Bend for the USC game, while also coming to this weekend's Shamrock Series game.

Irish Commits
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Position 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.865 Grant Blakenship TX 6-5/235 Defensive End
.932 Andrew Trumbetti NJ 6-5/250 Defensive End
.892 Matt Dickerson CA 6-5/275 Defensive Tackle
.906 Jay Hayes NY 6-5/269 Defensive Tackle
.850 Jonathan Bonner MO 6-4/250 Linebacker
.883 Greer Martini VA 6-3/232 Linebacker
.903 Richard Yeargin FL 6-4/225 Linebacker
.833 Tyler Newsome GA 6-3/190 Punter

Matt Dickerson is still out with a back injury but his team won over the weekend to move to 2-1.

Blankenship's Colony school moved to 4-0 with a 62-14 win over Liberty down in Texas.

Unfortunately Trumbetti's team is now under .500 sitting at 1-2 with a 13-12 loss on Friday.

Poly Prep and Jay Hayes are still perfect at 4-0 after a 35-12 win over Hun School.

Bonner and Parkway Central are now 4-1 with a 28-7 win.

Woodberry Forest and Greer Martini are now 3-1 after a 45-14 over Flint Hill.

University still looks quite strong as Yeargin's team shutout Boyd 50-0 while moving to 4-0 for 2013.

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