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Notre Dame Recruiting Big Board- 1.20.14

Joystick schedules an official visit and the Irish target more defensive tackles.

McKenzie at the Under Armour Bowl Game.
McKenzie at the Under Armour Bowl Game.
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Welcome to the newest update to the recruiting Big Board. Notre Dame continues to target recruits and is especially looking for more defensive tackles. Only 16 more days until National Signing Day, ya'll.

Nothing new at quarterback where Notre Dame only sent out 6 offers for the 2014 class. Incoming freshman DeShone Kizer won't be in South Bend until the summer sessions begin but here's a great article on the Toledo product from a couple weeks ago.

Running Back
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.942 Derrell Scott NC 5-11/180 Cold
.908 Donte Thomas-Williams NC 6-0/220 Cold

Scott has been a South Carolina lean for some time but was offered by Florida recently and is taking an official visit to Gainesville. The consensus is that DTW is going to West Virginia.

Notre Dame is not focused on running backs.

Wide Receiver
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.991 Malachi Dupre LA 6-2/187 Cold
.886 Isaiah McKenzie FL 5-9/172 Mild
.855 Kameron Uter GA 6-4/205 Cold

Clemson got a big pick up on Sunday in (NC) Trevion Thompson .937 who becomes the Tigers third highest rated recruit.

Dupre is being courted by a number of schools. He just visited LSU, will be at Alabama today, and heads to Florida State and UCLA later in the month.

Not much of an update with Uter after he left Vanderbilt's class and was offered by the Irish. He visits Wake Forest and the Commodores in the next two weeks.

There's been some positive news with McKenzie since our last update. Notre Dame will get his last official visit on the 31st of this month. He'll apparently have a crucial meeting with the Admissions folks and if things go well there Notre Dame will have a great shot. He visited Florida this past weekend and will host Brian Kelly for an in-home visit tomorrow.

Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.972 Budda Baker WA 5-9/174 Cold
.870 Charles Nelson FL 5-8/170 Mild
.969 Michiah Quick CA 6-0/170 Mild
.990 Ju Ju Smith CA 6-1/200 Mild

As noted during the last update (IL) Tommy Mister .856 left Iowa State's class and was looking hard at Indiana. He joined the Hoosiers class on Saturday.

The Irish offered (IN) Austin Roberts .928 but he has no intention of leaving UCLA's class for South Bend.

Baker recently left Oregon's class and is coming off a visit to Washington this past weekend. He'll likely choose between the Huskies or UCLA where he visits this weekend.

Nelson recently eliminated all Florida schools from contention and he's now down to Notre Dame, USC, West Virginia, and Oregon. He's coming off a visit from USC this past weekend.

Quick's high school assistant coach recently stated Michiah is down to Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and UCLA. Tony Alford, Scott Booker, and his primary recruiter Mike Denbrock will visit him today.

Notre Dame is hoping to still be in it with Ju Ju Smith but he'll be tough to pry away from USC where he visits this weekend.


With (UT) Dalton Schultz .951 giving his verbal to Stanford there are no more uncommitted tight ends on the Big Board. He's been one of the more classy prospects from this cycle and left a video on his dropping the Irish.

Offensive Line
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.980 Damien Mama CA 6-4/370 Cold
.986 Damian Prince MD 6-5/295 Cold
.967 Braden Smith KS 6-6/290 Cold
.961 Casey Tucker AZ 6-6/270 Cold

Notre Dame is all done at offensive line with the lone target in Braden Smith cancelling his visit to South Bend.

Defensive Line
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.892 Daniel Cage OH 6-3/295 Mild
.989 Lorenzo Carter GA 6-5/232 Cold
.927 Matt Elam KY 6-6/350 Cold
.852 Jaylen Johnson CA 6-3/232 Cold
.873 Trey Lelaimatafao TX 6-0/301 Cold
.983 Malik McDowell MI 6-7/290 Not as Cold
.955 Derrick Nnadi VA 6-1/305 Cold
.882 Michael Sawyers TN 6-2/300 Mild
.988 Solomon Thomas TX 6-3/256 Cold
.952 Travonte Valentine FL 6-3/338 Cold
.907 Andrew Williams GA 6-4/247 Cold

No surprise as (NY) Thomas Holley .962 flipped from Penn State to Florida following the coaching change in Happy Valley.

Four offers went out per our last update and Notre Dame's chances with Lelaimatafao and Valentine appear very slim. However, things are heating up with Cage and Sawyers the latter officially decommitting from Vanderbilt recently.

Cage will visit Notre Dame in a couple days and while Sawyers has visits filled up each of the next two weekends he will likely come to South Bend during the week at some point just like Cage.

There have been some interesting developments with McDowell as his father spoke glowingly about Notre Dame. The coaching staff is trying to re-establish a bond there but it may be far too late in the process.

Notre Dame was looking to extend an offer to Isaiah McKenzie's teammate Edgar Cerenord but that may not happen as he gave a verbal to Duke yesterday.

Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.986 Rashaan Evans AL 6-3/220 Cold
.857 Vincent Jackson FL 6-2/235 Cold
.920 Kenny Young LA 6-2/220 Cold

One linebacker gave a verbal since our last update and that was (TX) Edwin Freeman .925 who joins Charlie Strong at Texas. Notre Dame is not targeting any of the above players anymore.

Defensive Back
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.866 Terrence Alexander LA 5-10/180 Mild
.853 Nick Glass GA 6-2/205 Cold
.995 Adoree Jackson CA 5-9/182 Cold
.883 Mattrell McGraw LA 6-0/183 Cold

Alexander is coming off a visit to Notre Dame from this past weekend. He's the last remaining hope for a player in the secondary. Alexander visited Stanford two weekends ago and heads to Ole Miss this weekend. Alexander really enjoyed his visit and the Irish are trending upward.

Irish Offense Commits
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Position 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.907 DeShone Kizer OH 6-5/207 Quarterback
.953 Justin Brent IN 6-3/190 Wideout
.920 Corey Holmes FL 6-2/175 Wideout
.905 Nic Weishar IL 6-5/223 Tight End
.900 Tyler Luatua CA 6-4/230 Tight End
.892 Jimmy Byrne OH 6-4/290 Offensive Line
.907 Sam Mustipher MD 6-3/285 Offensive Line
.968 Quenton Nelson NJ 6-5/295 Offensive Line
.953 Alex Bars TN 6-6/309 Offensive Line

Justin Brent is the sole offensive player from the class to early enroll. He's already on campus starting classes and working out. He's been a favorite of many OFD staff writers.

As expected, Weishar officially passes Luatua in the rankings. I don't know if many people would have believed that this would happen a year ago when Luatua was considered the top tight end in the country.

Irish Defense Commits
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Position 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.898 Grant Blakenship TX 6-6/252 Defensive End
.860 Jonathan Bonner MO 6-4/250 Defensive End
.853 Kolin Hill TX 6-2/220 Defensive End
.934 Andrew Trumbetti NJ 6-5/250 Defensive End
.840 Jhonathon Williams MI 6-6/237 Defensive End
.906 Jay Hayes NY 6-5/260 Defensive Tackle
.972 Nyles Morgan IL 6-1/225 Linebacker
.883 Greer Martini VA 6-3/232 Linebacker
.872 Nile Sykes IL 6-2/223 Linebacker
.904 Richard Yeargin FL 6-4/225 Linebacker
.926 Nick Watkins TX 6-1/185 Cornerback
.896 Drue Tranquill IN 6-2/210 Safety
.805 Tyler Newsome GA 6-3/190 Punter

Trumbetti is the lone defender to enroll early.

There are 78 scholarships taken right now including verbals for this 2014 class. According to Irish Illustrated there will be 4 players extended a fifth-year to play at Notre Dame: Christian Lombard, Austin Collinsworth, Kendall Moore, and Justin Utupo.

That brings us to 82 scholarships and room for 3 more recruits.

Brian Kelly has said they are going to take up to 26 recruits this cycle--which would be 4 more recruits--and that means they are either planning on further attrition or possibly not renewing Joe Schmidt's one year scholarship from 2013.