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2014 Notre Dame Football Recruiting – Visitor List for December 13 (Awards Banquet)

Head Coach Brian Kelly and his staff (well, those who haven't left for a head coaching gig somewhere else) are hosting the 2013 Awards Banquet on Friday night.

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Notre Dame will host several football commitment and a final few targets this weekend before the recruiting dead period begins on Monday. The awards banquet has historically been a successful recruiting tool for Notre Dame and continues to be for Brian Kelly and his staff.


Unofficial Visitors (4):

Committed Players

LB/DE Jonathan Bonner - Chesterfield, MO (Parkway Central)

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

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

S Drue Tranquill - Fort Wayne, IN (Carroll)


Official Visitors (7):

Committed Players (4)

DE Grant Blankenship - The Colony, TX (The Colony)

WR Justin Brent - Speedway, IN (Speedway)

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

OG Sam Mustipher - Olney, MD (Good Councel)

Uncommitted Players (3)

LB Kolin Hill - Schertz, TX (Samuel Clemens)

LB Nile Sykes - Oak Park, IL (Montini Catholic)

ATH Charles Nelson - Daytona Beach, FL (Seabreeze)


  • Hill received an offer from the Irish late last month, which came as a surprise to many. He had a phenomenal senior season, but is still flying a bit under the radar nationally. Many expect Texas to offer before NSD, in which case he would end up in Austin. Otherwise, the Irish may lead.
  • Notre Dame is thought to be the leader for Sykes, who flourished in his senior year after changing schools and positions (DE to LB).
  • Nelson is a similar athlete to Isaiah McKenzie and has visits scheduled to USC and West Virigina in January. Some experts think he might be a back-up plan to McKenzie, as it is unlikely that the Irish would take both.