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Defense Recruiting Big Board: 9.10.13

Notre Dame is still looking to add a lot of prospects on the defensive side of the ball for the 2014 cycle.

Jonathan Daniel


In case you missed the new revamped Big Board on the offense you can CLICK HERE. This week we'll take a look at what's going on with the prospects on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.997 Lorenzo Carter GA 6-5/232 Mild
.935 Matt Elam KY 6-6/350 Mild
.946 Lorenzo Featherston NC 6-7/220 Cold
.940 Josh Frazier AR 6-3/324 Cold
.989 Myles Garrett TX 6-4/240 Cold
.998 Da'Shawn Hand VA 6-4/254 Cold
.968 Thomas Holley NY 6-4/285 Mild
.835 Jaylen Johnson CA 6-3/232 Cold
.874 Melvin Keihn MD 6-3/225 Cold
.980 Malik McDowell MI 6-7/290 Cold
.923 Anthony Moten FL 6-4/279 Cold
.946 Derrick Nnadi VA 6-1/305 Cold
.967 Kentavius Street NC 6-2/262 Cold
.988 Solomon Thomas TX 6-3/256 Cold
.908 Andrew Williams GA 6-4/247 Mild

A bunch of highly touted kids remain on the board and this is usually the position group that will wait until later in the process to decide. Featherston, Frazier, Garrett, Hand, Johnson, Keihn, McDowell, Nnadi, and Street are all ice cold for the Irish right now. Both Hand and McDowell were in Ann Arbor this past weekend, so I guess we should be glad neither have committed to Michigan yet. It seems only a matter of time for McDowell.

Carter, Elam, and Williams are all supposed to take official visits to Notre Dame this season. Something tells me we'll only see 2 out of 3 of that group visit. A couple months ago Holley might have been the best to verbal from the defensive line but he's trending in the other direction with Alabama, Ohio State, and even Syracuse ahead of Notre Dame. Thomas also looks like a player who is doing the same.

Anthony Moten might be someone to watch out for as the football season progresses.

Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.964 Rashaan Evans AL 6-3/220 Cold
.939 Edwin Freeman TX 6-0/212 Cold
.983 Clifton Garrett IL 6-2/228 Cold
.857 Vincent Jackson FL 6-2/235 Cold
.991 Raekwon McMillan GA 6-2/242 Cold
.973 Nyles Morgan IL 6-2/228 Cold
.904 Kenny Young LA 6-2/220 Cold


With really nothing of note going on with the linebackers left on the Big Board I would expect Purdue commit Drue Tranquill to think long and hard about his offer from Notre Dame.

Defensive Back
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.987 Jamal Adams TX 6-0/199 Cold
.995 Tony Brown TX 6-0/188 Cold
.862 Payton Hendrix TX 6-3/190 Mild
.996 Adoree Jackson CA 5-9/182 Cold
.883 Mattrell McGraw LA 6-0/183 Cold
.989 Jalen Tabor DC 6-1/182 Cold
.946 Nick Watkins TX 6-1/185 Mild
.947 Parrker Westphal IL 6-0/186 Cold

Quincy Wilson giving his pledge to Ohio State was the only verbal for a defensive prospect on the Big Board last month.

The Irish are shooting for the sky with a few elite prospects but haven't had much luck attracting attention. Adams, Brown, McGraw, Tabor, and Westphal all appear out of the picture.

Watkins and teammate Hendrix will visit South Bend for the USC game and also see the Irish play in Dallas against Arizona State. Adoree Jackson is someone else the staff continues to pursue hard but they need to get him on campus.

Irish Commits
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Position 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.865 Grant Blakenship TX 6-5/235 Defensive End
.932 Andrew Trumbetti NJ 6-5/250 Defensive End
.892 Matt Dickerson CA 6-5/275 Defensive Tackle
.906 Jay Hayes NY 6-5/269 Defensive Tackle
.850 Jonathan Bonner MO 6-4/250 Linebacker
.883 Greer Martini VA 6-3/232 Linebacker
.903 Richard Yeargin FL 6-4/225 Linebacker
.833 Tyler Newsome GA 6-3/190 Punter

Jay Hayes and Brooklyn Prep won their first game of the season 42-0.

Grant Blankenship's The Colony team moved to 2-0 with a win over Greenville.

Matt Dickerson's Junipero Serra squad lost a hear-breaker to De La Salle by a touchdown.

Andrew Trumbetti's team has yet to open their season.

Richard Yeargin's University program moved to 3-0 on the season with a win over Norland.

Jonathan Bonner's Parkway Central won their second game of the season and are now 2-0.

Greer Martini had an elite performance in Woodberry Forest's 21-7 season-opening victory over Benedictine.