Welcome to the latest installment of the OFD Big Board. Today we're back with another look at the defensive side of the ball and we are tracking any progress the Irish have made since our last update.
Since our last update we had (AR) DT Josh Frazier .940 commit to Alabama, (VA) DE Da'Shawn Hand .998 commit to Alabama, and (FL) DT Anthony Moten .924 commit to Miami.
Lorenzo Carter looks to be coming down to Georgia or Alabama with 3 out of his last 5 visits being at Athens. The Gators would like to be involved more but are likely a distant third.
Matt Elam took an official to Notre Dame back in October and will visit Kentucky for an official early in December. The Frazier verbal to the Crimson Tide may help the Irish but most still expect a Kentucky-Alabama battle.
Kolin Hill was offered nearly two weeks ago and projects as an inside linebacker for Notre Dame, or possibly an outside linebacker in the mold of Prince Shembo. The Irish are his top offer by far and he plans on visiting for the team award banquet. A verbal from Hill at that point should not be a surprise.
Notre Dame appeared to have fallen behind with Thomas Holley but the latest update has an official visit to South Bend in the works and the Irish still very much in it.
For all the players who are COLD: Clemson is trending hard for Featherston but he did take an official to Florida State a couple weekends ago. Keihn's last four visits have been to his top schools in Virginia, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Penn State. McDowell is still expected to pick Michigan but has visited Michigan State and Ohio State this fall. Virginia Tech is trending hard for Derrick Nnadi. Notre Dame has tried to get Smallwood on campus but it hasn't happened yet and he's trending toward Oklahoma. Kentavius Street is a NC State lean but recently scheduled a January official visit to Miami. Notre Dame made Thomas' top 8 but are still looking for an official visit from the Texas defensive lineman. The last two visits for Andrew Williams have been Clemson and Auburn with both of those teams in the driver seat for his services.
Notre Dame is out of it for all of these players except Nyles and Nile.
Nile Sykes was offered a couple weeks ago and Notre Dame shot to the top of his list so much so that he was rumored to nearly pulled the trigger on a commitment. That verbal may be just a matter of time.
Nyles Morgan has apparently decided Notre Dame might be the place for him as he made his second visit to South Bend in just over a month. Some believe the Irish have now passed Vanderbilt and are neck and neck with Ole Miss. Morgan does have visits to Florida and Vanderbilt scheduled following this season.
Same update as last month: Adams, Brown, McGraw, Tabor, and Westphal are not on Notre Dame's radar.
Adoree Jackson has reached long-shot status as the Irish will not be receiving one of his official visits.
This should be a small class in the secondary for Notre Dame and Payton Hendrix appears like the last real target as things stand right now. The Irish are in good position for the Bishop Dunne product but he's planning on taking some official visits and will be in Fayetteville in a couple weeks.
|.898||Grant Blakenship||TX||6-5/235||Defensive End|
|.931||Andrew Trumbetti||NJ||6-5/250||Defensive End|
|.891||Matt Dickerson||CA||6-5/275||Defensive Tackle|
|.906||Jay Hayes||NY||6-5/269||Defensive Tackle|
Watkins and Tranquill are the latest verbals to join the 2014 class adding some much needed bodies to the secondary.
Grant Blakenship has moved up enough in the Composite rankings to earn his fourth star.
There was some concern this past weekend as Richard Yeargin visited Clemson. However, he has mentioned that he is still 100% committed to Notre Dame and plans on signing with Irish in February.