Welcome to the latest update to the Recruiting Big Board.
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A recent offer was extended to Virginia athlete Gary Jennings who has a top five of Boston College, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Since the offer he's included Notre Dame in his new top six and will likely take an official visit to South Bend in early December. Scout had some quotes from Jennings:
"I guess it was about two weeks ago that I first heard from Notre Dame," Jennings said. "Coach (Scott) Booker told me that he really liked my build. And, when Notre Dame offered, he said they were offering me as an athlete, but that I would probably end up on the defensive side of the ball at safety."
One of the receivers that Notre Dame has been scouting hard in recent weeks is Lawrence Cager and 247 is now showing him with an offer.
He will be visiting Notre Dame on the first weekend of December and right now looks like a back-up plan to Equanimeous St. Brown. I believe the Irish will wait on St. Brown whose decision may not come for several more months. That will make it tough on Cager and I think it's safe to project he'll ultimately pick another school before ESB makes a verbal commitment.
Speaking of St. Brown, he took his official visit to Notre Dame for the Stanford game and the recruiting guru's continue to give the Irish a solid lead for the tall Servite receiver.
However, St. Brown will be taking additional official visits to UCLA, USC, and Utah and since he didn't commit during his visit to Notre Dame it is believed he will likely wait until closer to National Signing Day to decide. My sense is that while the Irish are doing their due diligence on other receivers, this will turn into a St. Brown or bust finish to this position in 2015. The trio of Sanders-Boykin-Guyton is already a great haul. St. Brown would be a huge cherry on top but there's no major need for anyone else.
That due diligence is seen in Notre Dame recently picking up an official visit from Cordell Broadus who will be coming in for the first weekend of December.
Taking an official visit to ND in December and FSU in November #Blessed— Cordell Broadus (@C_Broadus21) October 1, 2014
While Broadus remains a viable candidate for Notre Dame and I don't want to throw his visit completely aside, I do think this has as much to do with snatching his Bishop Gorman teammate and tight end Alize Jones who will be coming back for another visit in December, as well.
The tea leaves suggest that things have cooled between Notre Dame and Ykili Ross, whom the Irish are looking at for their defensive backfield. However, he will be taking an official visit to Notre Dame for the Louisville game after pushing that date back.
It was mostly this Irish Sports Daily article (HERE) that is causing some concern as it sounds like Ross' dad isn't exactly sold on Notre Dame in a couple areas.
Our last update at receiver is to tell you that Christian Kirk, who recently accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-American Game, has picked up his Composite 5th star.
Not much of a surprise as (AR) Will Gragg .915 stayed in-state and committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was someone Notre Dame liked a lot early in the process but it was always going to be a tough pull out of the The Natural State.
Tight end Will Gragg is an excellent pickup for Arkansas. Physical, big, will be great off play action. http://t.co/3PIt6lf6q6— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) September 23, 2014
As noted above Notre Dame is pursuing UCLA commit (NV) Alize Jones .973 very hard and they like where things are trending as he is going to decide between the Irish and Bruins.
As noted above, Jones (pictured above with Broadus) will be at Notre Dame again for the 4th time in December. That'll also be his second visit in 3 months to South Bend.
Back in late September the Virginia Tech Hokies picked up a verbal from (FL) Mike Arnold .838 who becomes their second offensive line commit for this cycle.
Virginia Tech recruiting: Mike Arnold commits to VT http://t.co/YlfZRzCqtb— Virginia Tech Daily (@VirgiTechDaily) September 22, 2014
We missed this update several months ago but (FL) Kendrick Norton .906 left Florida State's class back in June. He's since camped at Florida and visited Gainesville an additional two times so you can guess where that is headed. Norton is being targeted to play defensive line for the Gators.
Per our updates for months now the Irish are set at offensive line with Tristen Hoge, Jerry Tillery, and Trevor Ruhland. However, it'll be interesting to see if Notre Dame can hold on to Tillery who once again made a visit to another school--this time to the Ole Miss vs. Alabama game two weekends ago. Should Tillery ultimately flip I'm sure the coaching staff would look at other offensive linemen but with the current depth at the position it wouldn't be a huge problem to use that scholarship elsewhere.