2015 Notre Dame Football Recruiting Blue-Gold Game Visitors – April 12th

Jeff Zelevansky

Notre Dame holds its annual Blue and Gold Game on Saturday, and with it several recruits and recent signees.

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Coach Brian Kelly and his staff will host several visitors this weekend for the Blue-Gold game-a traditional big recruiting weekend. While the 2015 class got off to a bit of a slow start compared to other national powers, things appear to be picking up steam. It wouldn't be surprising to see a few commitments over the upcoming weeks.

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2014 Signees (12):

LB Jonathan Bonner - Chesterfield, MO (Parkway Central)

LB Greer Martini - Woodberry Forest, VA (Woodberry Forest)

LB Nyles Morgan - Crete, IL (Crete-Monee)

LB Nile Sykes - Lombard, IL (Montini)

P Tyler Newsome - Carrollton, GA (Carrollton)

DE Jhonny Williams - Berrien Springs, MI (Berrien Springs)

OT Quenton Nelson - Red Bank, NJ (Red Bank Catholic)

OG Jimmy Byrne-Cleveland, OH (St. Ignatius)

TE Nic Weishar - Midlothian, IL (Marist)

DT Daniel Cage - Cincinnati, OH (Winton Woods)

DB Drue Tranquill - Fort Wayne, IN (Carroll)

CB Cody Riggs - Tranfer (University of Florida/St. Thomas Aquinas)

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2015 Committed Visitors (3):

OL Tristen Hoge - Pocatello, ID (Highland)

DB Prentice McKinney - Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff)

WR Jalen Guyton - Allen, TX (Allen)

  • Hoge makes his first visit to South Bend since committing in December. He previously visited last fall for the USC game.
  • McKinney is also making his first visit since his commitment.
  • Guyton returns for his second visit to Notre Dame of the spring. He previously visited in late March and selected the Irish shortly after his visit.

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2015 Unofficial Visitors with Offers (4):

LB Justin Hilliard - Cincinnati, OH (St. Xavier)

DT Elijah Taylor - Cincinnati, OH (Archbishop Moeller)

WR Alex Ofodile - Columbia, MO (Rock Bridge)

LB Cassius Peat - Tempe, AZ (Corona Del Sol)

Notes:

  • Hilliard returns for another visit after being on campus for Junior Day. As a consensus Top 50 player, he holds offers from nearly every elite program and has visited several this spring. He doesn't appear ready to make a decision yet, which may not come until late summer or fall.
  • Taylor was considered a heavy ND lean until he picked up an offer from Ohio State a few weeks ago. It is unclear what impact this will have on his decision, but this is also a return visit for him this spring. The Irish are likely still in a good spot, but his decision timetable may be pushed out.
  • Ofodile has also been on the road this spring and holds nearly 30 offers from schools around the country. This will be his first visit to the Notre Dame campus.
  • Peat will also be making his first visit after picking up an offer in January. He has an older brother who plays at Nebraska and another who plays at Stanford.

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2015 Unofficial Visitors Looking for Offers (4):

LB Nick Conner - Dublin, OH (Dublin Scioto)

S/ATH Justin Tranquill - Fort Wayne, IN (Carroll)

OT Adam Solomon - Indianapolis, IN (Bishop Chatard)

OT Michal Menet (2016) - Reading, PA (Exeter)

Notes:

  • Conner is considered to be a heavy Ohio State lean at this point, but does not yet hold an offer from the Buckeyes. He has picked up a few Big Ten offers recently, and will likely earn several more over the coming months.
  • Tranquill is visiting again with his brother, a member of the 2014 class. With the recent commitment of Nicco Fertitta, it may be more difficult for him to earn an offer.
  • Solomon returns for a second visit after attending Junior Day. He has earned several offers over the past few months, but ND only has one spot at OL left for this class-meaning he may have to continue to wait for an offer.
  • Menet visits the Irish this weekend along with Ohio State and Michigan State.
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