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Notre Dame Recruiting Big Board- 1.27.14

Things are heating up with 10 days left until National Signing Day.

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


Welcome to the newest update to the recruiting Big Board. Notre Dame lost a commit recently but also added a defensive tackle. We're down to our last full week before NSD so hold on tight.

There's actually some news to report at quarterback where the Irish have added a preferred walk-on named Grant Hammann from Dyersville, Iowa. At 6'1" 180 pounds he's got decent size but looks to be very athletic. You can check out his highlight tape HERE and see he's clearly got some speed to his game. This is a great pickup to add an emergency fourth or fifth option to the depth chart next season.

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

With the early entry of George Atkinson the Irish could use another running back for next year but it's far too late in the process to get after a new prospect. The future of Folston and Bryant is officially here.

Scott is expected to stay somewhere in the South within the SEC. Thomas-Williams has been a lock for West Virginia for quite some time.

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

McKenzie has made an enormous jump in the rankings in recent months now officially becoming a Composite 4-star prospect. He's made it through his visit to Florida, just got back from an official to Ole Miss, and will be in South Bend this weekend.

The contact with Uter has gone nowhere in recent weeks while Dupre is off Notre Dame's radar.

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
.970 Michiah Quick CA 6-0/170 Mild
.990 Ju Ju Smith CA 6-1/200 Mild

Baker left Oregon's class a couple weeks ago as reported in our last update. He's coming off a visit to UCLA this past weekend. Look for the Washington or the Bruins to fight for him over the next week.

The experts feel unanimous that Smith is a lock for USC. Getting Ju Ju away from the Trojans is looking like less of a reality.

Morever, it looks like Nelson may be trending away from Notre Dame too. He'll visit West Virginia this weekend and it's my opinion that is where he'll end up signing.

Notre Dame may not lead for Quick but he looks to be coming down to Oklahoma or the Irish. He'll announce on signing day.

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

A few days ago (AZ) Casey Tucker .961 gave a verbal to Stanford. He was once a commit to USC but will stay in the Pac-12 and play a little more north in California.

Mama went with JuJu Smith to USC recently and they are expected to both sign with the Trojans.

Smith can't quite lift as much as me but he's getting close.

Defensive Line
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.892 Daniel Cage OH 6-3/295 Mild
.991 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
.984 Malik McDowell MI 6-7/290 Not as Cold
.951 Derrick Nnadi VA 6-1/305 Cold
.883 Michael Sawyers TN 6-2/300 Mild
.988 Solomon Thomas TX 6-3/256 Cold
.967 Travonte Valentine FL 6-3/338 Cold
.907 Andrew Williams GA 6-4/247 Cold

The big news for Notre Dame was the commitment of (NY) Pete Mokwuah .837 who adds a big body on the interior for the Irish. The bad news on the defensive line was Marcus Griffin cancelling his visit to Notre Dame and dropping the Irish altogether. Elston & Co. were looking to hand out an offer to Griffin but it never worked out.

A couple of visits this week could be huge for Notre Dame. Coming on Wednesday through Friday is Daniel Cage while Michael Sawyers is coming to South Bend this Friday. Cage is coming off a visit at Michigan State and the Spartans are believed to lead. Sawyers is coming off a visit to Ole Miss and cancelled his visit to Tennessee for this weekend in order to see Notre Dame.

This appears to be Kelly's last minute effort to add somewhere along the line.

Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.991 Rashaan Evans AL 6-3/220 Cold
.857 Vincent Jackson FL 6-2/235 Cold
.885 Kevin Mouhon GA 6-1/223 Cold
.925 Kenny Young LA 6-2/220 Cold

Mouhon recently left Tennessee's class following a visit to Cincinnati two weekends ago. The belief is that he'll sign with the Bearcats where his brother plays.

Evans has now moved up and is the 15th best player in the country. UCLA and LSU are in a dog fight for Young. He visits the Bayou today and Los Angeles this weekend.

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

Notre Dame's lone target for corner is Alexander who is coming off a great visit to South Bend from the weekend of the 17th and just got back from a visit to Ole Miss this past weekend. It was looking like a Notre Dame-Ole Miss battle but Alexander was approved for admission to Stanford so the Cardinal are still very much in the race.

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
.923 Corey Holmes FL 6-2/175 Wideout
.903 Nic Weishar IL 6-5/223 Tight End
.894 Tyler Luatua CA 6-4/230 Tight End
.892 Jimmy Byrne OH 6-4/290 Offensive Line
.912 Sam Mustipher MD 6-3/285 Offensive Line
.967 Quenton Nelson NJ 6-5/295 Offensive Line
.947 Alex Bars TN 6-6/309 Offensive Line

The offense still holds steady with 9 players at 4-star level. Hopefully we'll see a 10th skilled position player added to this group over the next 10 days.

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
.837 Pete Mokwuah NY 6-5/305 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
.926 Nick Watkins TX 6-1/185 Cornerback
.896 Drue Tranquill IN 6-2/210 Safety
.805 Tyler Newsome GA 6-3/190 Punter

Notre Dame loses Richard Yeargin to Clemson but picks up Pete Mokwuah to stay at 22 verbals for the 2014 cycle.

All eyes are on Kolin Hill as he's scheduled to officially visit Texas after receiving an offer from the Longhorns over the weekend. Brian Kelly will visit him at his home today to try and save Hill from leaving the class or even making the trip to Austin. If Hill does visit Texas it's unlikely he'll stick to Notre Dame.

Numbers don't look to be a problem as Notre Dame heads down the home stretch to National Signing Day. With 4 seniors coming back for a fifth-year there are 82 scholarships accounted for. The Irish will likely have to have a surprising NSD in order to grab 3 more prospects.