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):
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.