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

Some hints and allegations along the defensive line, but mostly just things left unsaid. And nothing much to say at all at inside linebacker, as the staff has the position locked down in this class already.

We need more of these guys.
We need more of these guys.
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports


Welcome back to the OFD Big Board for December 2, 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
.947 Adam McLean PA 6-2/290 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

Nothing much to report on this front, with no changes in status for any of the Cold guys and no updates on the Mild guys. Christian Wilkins has talked about visiting Notre Dame but hasn't set anything up yet, and plays things very close to the vest anyway. Penn State is widely considered the leader for his services, especially after his official visit last weekend. In addition to Happy Valley, Wilkins has taken official visits to Clemson and Stanford, with Ohio State and Notre Dame still hoping to get him on campus.

Joseph Wicker has talked even more strongly about visiting the Irish, but also hasn't scheduled anything yet. Word as of Monday was still that he planned to visit in January, though:

Interestingly, the Long Beach Poly standout says the person who gives him the most advice about Notre Dame is former teammate and current USC star Juju Smith. So far, Wicker has taken official visits to Texas Tech, Arizona State, and leader UCLA; he has said the Irish will be his fourth visit and hasn't decided on a fifth yet.

Since our last update, (MD) Adam McLean somewhat surprisingly decommitted from Penn State. What's even stranger is that his first official visit was to Washington State, and he seems legitimately interested in them. He'll also visit Ole Miss and possibly South Carolina, but beyond that is open. He has a Notre Dame offer but the Irish were never really in play here and don't seem to be now.

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
.999 Josh Sweat VA 6-4/240 Cold

The main news at defensive end is that Keisean Lucier-South has committed to UCLA. He announced his commitment with a pretty classy note:

Doesn't seem like he would fit with what Mora is building, but hey, to each his own.

All-World prospect Byron Cowart named Florida State his new leader after Florida fired Will Muschamp, but could take a longer look at Auburn if they hire Muschamp as their new defensive coordinator. Sounds crazy, I know, but there's some smoke out there. Kids.

CeCe Jefferson is another Florida lean who could be affected by the Muschamp dismissal. Not in any way that makes him consider the Irish, though.

Clowney clone Josh Sweat was the 247 Composite #1 overall but in their recent re-rankings dropped to #6. Must be hard on him... His presumed leaders are Florida State and Virginia Tech, while the Irish are not and never have been in the picture.

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

With Josh Barajas, Tevon Coney, and Asmar Bilal already in the fold and greater needs elsewhere, the Irish are OK with not being involved with any remaining prospects here.

John Houston, #38 overall in the 247 Composite, will probably choose USC. The Junipero Serra product was just named co-MVP of his league. Again, the Irish aren't remotely in the picture here.