This weekend, the staff will host their Junior Day. The scope of Junior Day has changed quite a bit during Brian Kelly's tenure in South Bend-it was once a larger event with players from across the country, and now is more of a smaller, regional event. Future prospects tend to visit throughout spring practice at their convenience while practices are occurring. This allows for the staff to spend a little more time with each individual and all get a taste of the Irish program first-hand.
2015 Unofficial Visitors with Offers (2):
LB Justin Hilliard - Cincinnati, OH (St. Xavier)
DT Elijah Taylor - Cincinnati, OH (Archbishop Moeller)
- Hilliard is a 5 star prospect and is assumed to be at or near the top of Notre Dame's board for 2015. He holds offers from power programs across the country and canceled a visit to Alabama to head to South Bend for Junior Day. His top priority is touching base with new DC (and LB coach) Brian VanGorder. Things are looking good early for the Irish.
- Taylor is the most likely from the Junior Day group to commit to the Irish. He is considered a heavy ND lean right now and could end his recruitment very soon.
2015 Unofficial Visitors Looking for Offers (11):
LB Josh Barajas - Merriville, IN (Andrean)
DE Joey Belden - Avon, IN (Avon)
WR/TE Miles Boykin - New Lenox, IL (Providence Catholic)
OT Matt McCann - Indianapolis, IN (Bishop Chatard)
LB Quentin Moon - Indianapolis, IN (Pike)
OG Trevor Ruhland - Cary, IL (Cary-Grove)
OT Adam Solomon - Indianapolis, IN (Bishop Chatard)
RB/CB Kellen Overstreet - Hamilton, MO (Penney)
DT/OG Brandon Tiassum - Indianapolis, IN (Park Tudor)
S/ATH Justin Tranquill - Fort Wayne, IN (Carroll)
S Mykelti Williams - Indianapolis, IN (Warren Central)
- Barajas is likely to walk away from this weekend with an offer from Notre Dame. Assuming they do offer, he is likely to end up playing for the Irish. He has added several offers over the past few weeks from Big Ten and SEC programs.
- Belden holds a few in-state offers currently and may be a watch-and-see recruit. I would expect the staff to ask him to come back for camp over the summer to evaluate further.
- Boykin is another player likely to earn an offer from the Irish in person. If offered, Notre Dame will immediately move to one of the favorites.
- McCann and Solomon are teammates and attend the same high school that sent the Martin brothers to South Bend. Both are talented prospects, but there is only room for one more offensive linemen this cycle and they might have to wait for an offer from the Irish until this summer.
- Moon is a prospect who is a bit under the radar right now. His only "major" offer is from Illinois currently. Another likely watch-and-see guy for the staff.
- Ruhland is a true offensive guard, so he may not fit what Harry Hiestand is looking for in his final OL in 2015. He holds offers from several Big Ten programs.
- Overstreet has yet to earn (or perhaps report) any scholarship offers. The staff will likely want to evaluate him in person (at camp) before giving him an offer.
- Tiassum plays both ways in high school but may end up on the offensive line in college. I think the Irish will continue to pursue if they think he can play on defense.
- Tranquill is the younger brother of 2014 signee Drue Tranquill. He holds a couple of in-state offers from Indiana and Purdue to go along with some MAC offers. He doesn't have the size of his brother, so he is another who will likely have to wait for an offer from ND.
- Williams attends the same high school that sent Sheldon Day to South Bend. He is getting more attention nationally and is another prospect that the staff will likely want to see in person before earning an offer.
- DE Shareef Miller (Philadelphia, PA) was a scratch late in the week, presumably due to weather. He is planning on attending the Spring Game in April.