The North Carolina weekend has recently developed into a Mild+ one for our staff's recruiting efforts, as the list of official visitors has tripled roughly over the last week (from one to three, but still). In addition, dominoes could fall with a couple of other recruits after their visits to other schools this weekend.
Players who have already committed to ND are in italics; rankings are 247 Composite overall/position.
Nick Brossette, RB, #138/#15 (LSU commit)
Cameron Scarlett, ATH, #336/#28
Bo Wallace, OLB, #442/#31
Bayou State running back Nick Brosette was rumored to have some interest in the Irish before committing to LSU over a year ago. It seems unlikely that we'd be able to flip a Baton Rouge kid away from LSU, but he did reach out to the staff recently and he's bringing his brother on the trip with him. The staff most likely has Jamabo higher on their board, but Brosette is hardly a consolation prize. Interestingly, he's the smallest of our tailback recruits in both height and weight at 6'0" and 207 pounds and is bigger than both Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston - is it just a statistical bunch in the 2015 class, or is Brian Kelly heading in a new direction with running backs?
Notre Dame is also recruiting Cameron Scarlett at running back. Scarlett hails from Oregon and aside from Notre Dame is considering exclusively West Coast schools - Stanford, Oregon, Washington, and UCLA. Cameron has already taken official visits to Washington and UCLA, and after Notre Dame will take his other two officials to Stanford and Oregon. He seems to be leaning towards Stanford as of right now. He has kind of been in the background of Notre Dame's running back recruiting and is probably the Plan B if we miss out on Jamabo and Brosette.
Another Louisianan will be in town in the person of Bo Wallace, an athletic pass rushing project from John Curtis. Wallace tried to take an official visit to the Michigan game but couldn't make it work with his team's schedule. The general feeling seems to be that Notre Dame is in the driver's seat here, and if he makes it to campus this weekend his recruitment wouldn't go on much longer. Although listed at OLB on the 247 Composite, he'll probably be a weakside defensive end in college, and obivously would be a huge get for the Irish.
Miles Boykin, WR, #192/#23
Brandon Tiassum, DT, #446/#28
These guys might as well have an office in the Gug with how often they visit. Love it!
Top running back target Soso Jamabo will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend and decide shortly after. Notre Dame and UCLA are his clear #1 and #2, despite a recent push from Texas A&M. Notre Dame likely has a commanding lead; it would be an upset if we get through October without receiving Soso's pledge. Soso would be the highest-rated player in the class by 247 Composite (#38 overall), an honor currently held by Brandon Wimbush (#70 overall).
Florida linebacker Tevon Coney will take also take an official visit, to Florida, and potentially decide next week. Coney has been wrestling with both his decision on his future home and his decision to go early-entry lately, but the Notre Dame staff feels good about where they stand with him. If he does commit to the Irish soon, linebacker recruiting will probably be shut down. If not, the Irish may intensify their efforts with Michigan commit Darren Kirkland.