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Cass Tech's Jayru Campbell remains the only quarterback on the board (Torrance Gibson continues to be listed as an athlete) and is in legal trouble yet again. The former Michigan State commit served 60 days in jail for assaulting a school security officer and then proceeded to be charged with assault of his girlfriend on the very first day he was released. Campbell was in court on Friday for a hearing on this second incident and needless to say his offer from Notre Dame means nothing anymore.
As of this past Friday morning things looked pretty much dead at quarterback for the 2015 class. The top 20 pro-style signal callers are all committed while the top 21 dual-threat quarterbacks are currently in the same boat. However, the Irish are looking at (NJ) Brandon Wimbush .963 who is currently committed to Penn State.
The Notre Dame coaching staff has been in contact with Wimbush for weeks and he notified Penn State that he was taking an official visit to South Bend this past weekend. Both 247 and Rivals are reporting that Wimbush now has a Notre Dame offer.
Penn State Football quarterback commit will be visiting Notre Dame Football http://t.co/joJKEgWmgr— Lions247 (@Lions247) October 3, 2014
We'll see if he ultimately flips to Notre Dame but things are looking very positive right now. Scout had a freebie from last night that says:
Brandon Wimbush, a four-star Penn State commit of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, took an official visit to Notre Dame over the weekend. Should Notre Dame offer, which more likely than not at this point, odds play heavily in the Irish's favor to flip his commitment.
It's believed that Wimbush wants to stay closer to the east coast, and Notre Dame sits in close enough vicinity to fit that bill for both Wimbush and his mother.The two parties hooked up rather late in the recruiting cycle, as the visit to Notre Dame came about as unexpected piece of news that broke on Friday afternoon. However, that should be a non-factor for both sides going forward.
He's not gung-hoe about attending Penn State, and he never was from the start. In August, Wimbush gave serious consideration to flipping his commitment to Stanford before ultimately deciding location was an issue.
He's a Notre Dame-type of kid in plenty of facets. Arm strength sets him a part from other dual-threat prospects with similar running ability, and he's learned the game from inside the setting of a big-time high school program. His offer list includes the likes of Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Stanford.
Also, (IN) Tommy Stevens .865 made an unofficial visit this weekend too. He's an Indiana commit from Indianapolis and is someone the Irish are evaluating. There may be a possibility of Notre Dame offering him later in the cycle.
The only new offer at running back was to Nebraska commit (LA) Kendall Bussey .882 on September 19th. With the play of Ameer Abdullah you have to think the Cornhuskers will remain a very attractive place to play.
Soso Jamabo remains Notre Dame's primary target at running back. The big news with him is that he's having a sensational senior season and now Texas A&M is starting to sniff around. The Irish still lead but Jamabo will likely take more official visits, including a big one to UCLA and others. Jamabo was held in check--and possibly banged up--this past week against Plano but is already over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns for the season.
LSU commit (LA) Nick Brossette .936 is following through with his plans to visit Notre Dame and will be on campus this weekend. He appears to be the backup plan if Jamabo falls through but either way it'll be tough to flip a Tiger commit from Baton Rouge. He is currently making his way up the National record book for rushing touchdowns.
Kentucky looks to be grabbing all the momentum for Damien Harris. He'll take an official visit to Lexington later in October which will be his 4th visit in a month to see the Wildcats.
Kirk Merritt is coming off an official visit to Auburn this past weekend and will travel to Oregon later this month.
Irish target Jacques Patrick visited campus during the summer but is no longer considering Notre Dame. He is supposed to decide on October 27th and is considered a heavy Florida State lean.
Former Miami commit Jordan Cronkite remains an option for Notre Dame after leaving the Hurricanes class in mid-September. He's looking to set up official visits to West Virginia, Louisville, North Carolina, and may visit South Bend at some point as well.
Torrance Gibson remains the American Heritage quarterback although it is uncertain whether he's being recruited as such by various programs. He was at Ohio State two weekends ago for the second time this season and no longer has his Composite 5th star.
Watch out for Cameron Scarlett this weekend as he officially visits Notre Dame. He's already taken officials to Washington and UCLA and will wrap up his tour with a couple more to Stanford and Oregon after seeing South Bend. He's looking to decide in December. Whether the Irish can stay in the race may depend on how other options at running back pan out. They'd probably like to take Jamabo and Scarlett due to the latter's ability to play slot receiver instead of Jamabo and Brossette who would be two running backs with less versatility.