Welcome back the OFD Recruiting Big Board.
Our last update at quarterback came 6 weeks ago and at that time Notre Dame had just started looking at (NJ) Brandon Wimbush .967 who was committed to Penn State while setting up a visit to Notre Dame. As I'm sure you're aware by now we got him to flip.
Wimbush is currently having a fantastic senior season which may propel him close to 5-star status. The Composite 5-stars begin at player No. 35 nationally and the St. Peter's product is currently 64th in the country.
He's also making waves for his accuracy and completion percentage this year. Wimbush's team defeated Seton Hall Prep 46-7 in the first round of the New Jersey State Playoffs this past weekend as the quarterback totaled 276 passing yards and 4 touchdowns.
So far this season Wimbush has 149 completions on 194 passing attempts for a 76.8% completion percentage. That is currently a national high school record, however, in order to break the record Wimbush would have to throw at least 275 passes so it's unlikely he will get to own the record when it's all said and done. Wimbush has thrown 30 touchdowns and just 1 interception this season.
The stock of Jayru Campbell continues to nose dive as he's currently wading in low 3-star territory and still dealing with legal problems. We last reported that he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend the day after he got out of jail for slamming a body guard at his high school. Campbell has already been sentenced to 7 months in jail for violating his probation and pleaded guilty to assault for which he awaits sentencing on December 12th.
The lone commit from the running back Big Board in recent weeks was (FL) Jacques Patrick .979 giving his verbal to Florida State back on October 27th.
In pursuit of at least one more running back the Notre Dame coaching staff has begun reaching out to more prospects and will receive several visits in the coming weeks.
The most exciting of those visits may be (TX) Ronald Jones II .958 who has been committed to Oklahoma State since April 6th of this calendar year but is currently looking around. In the early months of this recruiting cycle Jones was linked to Notre Dame and there seemed to be something there which was why it was a mild+ surprise to see him commit to the Cowboys.
He was supposed to visit this weekend for the Louisville game but a playoff game will prevent him from coming. Instead, Jones will be in South Bend for the December football awards banquet in addition to traveling to USC in a couple weeks to watch the Irish play the Trojans.
One running back who is coming to Notre Dame this weekend is (FL) Dexter Williams .946 a current commit to the Miami Hurricanes.
Brendan will have more on Williams' visit later this week with our Recruiting Visitor Post.
Despite these visits Soso Jamabo remains Notre Dame's top target at running back. The Irish have been neck and neck with UCLA (he visited the Bruins in October) however Jamabo is still mulling over taking 3 more of his official visits. Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Ole Miss, and Arizona State have all been mentioned as possible official visit destinations. Jamabo had a successful playoff game this past weekend and sat out the second half.
Irish commit Josh Adams had an incredibly successful season coming off a knee injury from his junior year. The Warrington, Pennsylvania tailback suffered an ankle injury late in the season, tried to play through it, but his team lost in the playoffs this past weekend.
For 2014, Adams rushed for 1,558 yards at 8.2 yards per carry with 25 touchdowns.
Ohio State picked up some momentum recently in the athlete department. On November 3rd (FL) Torrance Gibson .978 committed to the Buckeyes and gives Urban Meyer a raw passer but freakish athlete to mold at the quarterback position.
The Buckeyes also took advantage of Florida's poor season (before the firing of Muschamp) by flipping (OH) Jerome Baker .974 back on October 21st. This verbal now gives Meyer the top two players in the state of Ohio as well as 3 out of the top 4 players per the Composite rankings.
ICYMI: Ohio State landed the commitment of the No. 2 player in-state, now former Florida commit Jerome Baker: http://t.co/5oloGHjfel— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) October 22, 2014
There has been some talk that former Miami commit Jordan Cronkite will take an official visit at some point but that has yet to be scheduled. He visited West Virginia in late October and will be taking a couple more visits in the future.
Cameron Scarlett took an official visit to Notre Dame back in October and recently cancelled his 5th and final official visit to Oregon.
He's also visited UCLA, Washington, and Stanford while California (where his brother plays) may be the program to get his last official visit.