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2015 Notre Dame Recruiting Big Board: DT, DE, ILB

Don't expect a whole lot of talk at this positions leading up to NSD.

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports


Welcome back to the OFD Big Board for November 4, 2014.

Defensive Tackle
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.905 Darrion Daniels TX 6-3/290 Cold
.950 Neville Gallimore ON 6-3/300 Cold
.993 Rasheem Green CA 6-5/275 Cold
.961 Albert Huggins SC 6-3/279 Cold
.961 Tim Settle VA 6-2/362 Cold
.970 Christian Wilkins CT 6-4/290 Mild
.921 Joseph Wicker CA 6-2/265 Mild

It's been a while since we had an update in the front seven and only one player has committed since that time. That athlete was (NC) Shy Tuttle .979 who became another gem in Tennessee's recruiting class.

The Irish were in early on Darrion Daniels from Bishop Dunne but he's recently narrowed his top 6 to Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Iowa, and Missouri.

We reported in the past that Neville Gallimore made an official visit to Oklahoma and his most recent trip was to Florida State for the game against Notre Dame. There are several others school in the mix for the quiet Canadian prospect. Until something pops up, he's likely off Notre Dame's radar for now.

Oregon keeps chipping away at the Los Angeles talent base as Rasheem Green made an official visit to Eugene back in October. He's scheduled to visit Miami later this month but is still considered a heavy USC lean.

There's been talk for a while that Christian Wilkins will take an official visit to Notre Dame but I wouldn't hold your breath on that one. It's doubtful the Irish are actively recruiting him with the numbers and scholarship situation anyway.

Long Beach Poly's Joseph Wicker has named Notre Dame among his Top 5 with Texas Tech, Washington, UCLA, and Arizona State.

Wicker will be taking official visits to all of those schools and is coming off a recent trip to Lubbock. He's expected to visit Notre Dame after the season and is deciding on National Signing Day. Like Wilkins I'm not sure we're looking too hard for another tackle but simply doing our due diligence in case room opens up.

Defensive End
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.997 Byron Cowart FL 6-4/250 Cold
.997 CeCe Jefferson FL 6-2/250 Cold
.988 Keisean Lucier-South CA 6-5/225 Cold
.999 Josh Sweat VA 6-4/240 Cold

There's been more activity at defensive end since our last update. Over the weekend (HI) Canton Kaumatule .972 committed to Oregon as the Ducks were housing Stanford. As Hawaii's top prospect and from the same school as Manti Te'o he had some nice things to say about the Irish but never looked deeper than that.

Back in late September (VA) Darrell Taylor .902 committed to Tennessee. In case you were wondering, the Vols have 26 verbals right now and the nation's 4th best recruiting class.

Michigan's season got a little more worse when (NC) Darian Roseboro .948 flipped to NC State a few weeks ago.

We had another flip in late September as (SC) Michael Barnett .900 decided to leave Florida State's class and joined Georgia instead.

One of the nation's top players in Byron Cowart is finishing up his official visits this month. He's already been to Maryland and Alabama with upcoming trips to Florida, Oregon, and Florida State.

For now, Keisean Lucier-South looks like the last remaining hope for a defensive end and it's a long shot. He's already made official visits to Oklahoma, Michigan, and Oregon. Later this month he'll be visiting UCLA.

The Irish didn't make his Top 5 several months ago and would need something major to happen to get his last official visit.

Inside Linebacker
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.982 John Houston CA 6-3/211 Cold

Lots of good things happened for Notre Dame recently as (IN) Asmar Bilal .921 and (FL) Tevon Coney .880 joined the Irish recruiting class to wrap up the linebacker position.

Another player committed recently in (MS) Leo Lewis .964 who joined Mississippi's class.

Our last note is that John Houston has now fallen just under the threshold and lost his Composite 5th star.