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

The first big body of the cycle commits to the Irish, and more news.

Jeff Zelevansky


Welcome back to the OFD Big Board for June 10, 2014.

Defensive Tackle
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.905 Darrion Daniels TX 6-3/290 Cold
.911 Neville Gallimore ON 6-3/300 Cold
.991 Rasheem Green CA 6-5/275 Cold
.850 Chance Hall VA 6-4/288 Cold
.969 Albert Huggins SC 6-3/279 Cold
.889 Du'Vonta Lampkin TX 6-3/291 Cold
.984 Kahlil McKenzie CA 6-4/330 Cold
.987 Tim Settle VA 6-3/318 Cold
.927 Darvin Taylor VA 6-2/295 Cold
.889 Elijah Taylor OH 6-3/285 Hot
.986 Shy Tuttle NC 6-3/315 Cold
.971 Christian Wilkins CT 6-4/290 Cold
.920 Joseph Wicker CA 6-4/265 Cold


The big news from Sunday was (IN) DT Brandon Tiassum .866 committing to Notre Dame. The 6-5 285 pounder was listed as an offensive guard in last week's Big Board but has since been reclassified to defensive tackle.

It appears that Notre Dame is looking to take one more tackle prospect in the immediate future and sit on a few of the elite recruits who may decide later in the cycle. That player is rumored to be Elijah Taylor who may have privately committed to Notre Dame over the weekend.

A pair of new offers have gone out since our last update. The first is to Neville Gallimore from St. Catherines, Ontario just across the border from Niagara Falls and Western New York.

He's absolutely blown up over the past month picking up offers from Cincinnati, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida, Michigan State, Penn State, and Florida State. Gallimore impressed at the Columbus NFTC camp a couple weeks ago and plans on visiting more schools this summer and taking official visits.

Speaking of blowing up, it appears Khalil McKenzie has inserted his name for one of the top players in the country.

McKenzie has now moved up to 5-star status after taking home MVP D-Line honors at the Oakland NFTC camp. During our last update I thought Notre Dame was still hanging around for the De La Salle product but that no longer appears to be the case.

In late May the Irish offered Chance Hall from Roanoke, Virginia. The two-way lineman is carrying mostly eastern ACC offers and Virginia is heavily favored.

One of the latest commits is (LA) T.D. Moton .900 who picked Alabama. The one-time Mississippi State commit opened things back up months ago, was at one time looking at Notre Dame, but you can probably scratch him off the list now. Another player off the board is (CA) Jacob Daniel .971 who chose USC in mid-May.

I've downgraded Darrion Daniels to Cold. He's mentioned about visiting Notre Dame a bunch of times but still hasn't made any plans to get to South Bend.

No surprise but Notre Dame didn't make the Top 15 for Tim Settle. In the "don't get your hopes up" category both Rasheem Green and Shy Tuttle have mentioned they'll visit Notre Dame this summer.


Defensive End
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.901 Michael Barnett SC 6-4/248 Cold
.932 Austin Bryant GA 6-5/245 Cold
.982 Jashon Cornell MN 6-4/260 Mild
.991 Byron Cowart FL 6-4/250 Cold
.997 CeCe Jefferson FL 6-2/250 Cold
.893 Dre'Mont Jones OH 6-5/250 Mild
.950 James Lockhart TX 6-3/260 Cold
.990 Keisean Lucier-South CA 6-5/225 Cold
.941 Darian Roseboro NC 6-3/293 Cold
.997 Josh Sweat VA 6-5/237 Cold
.910 Darrell Taylor VA 6-4/220 Cold
.853 Micah Dew-Treadway IL 6-5/275 Mild


The most recent offer at end is to Micah Dew-Treadway who comes out of Bolingbrook, Illinois. He'll be visiting a bunch of East Coast schools in Syraucse, Virginia, Maryland and UConn before coming to South Bend tomorrow and Wisconsin afterward.

Treadway plans on committing by the end of June and with the recent verbal of Tiassum I'm not sure Notre Dame is going to be able to accept MDT if he wants in on this class. Although he's listed as a strong-side defensive end he's probably more of an interior prospect over the long term.

A couple of prospects have chosen schools since our last update. First, (GA) Natrez Patrick .963 chose the in-state Georgia Bulldogs, while (NC) Sterling Johnson .903 chose Clemson. Keep an eye on Patrick though as he is supposed to visit for Irish Invasion.

Notre Dame is still running third for Dre'Mont Jones (behind Ohio State and Michigan) but a visit to campus is in the works. I still think he'll be a legitimate choice for Notre Dame if the Buckeyes turn their attention to bigger fish.

Another "don't get your hopes up" moment as Byron Cowart is supposed to visit campus later this month.

Cowart is the No. 1 overall prospect according to Rivals (hence the tweet) and the 15th overall prospect according to the 247 Composite. At any rate, it's not likely that the Irish pull him out of Armwood High School.

We're still keeping tabs on Keisean Lucier-South who has said he'll take an official visit to Notre Dame for the Stanford game.

The Jashon Cornell recruitment continues to take twists and turns. Many Irish fans are ready to give up but he still has 3 more months until he commits before his first high school game. He visited Michigan State and temporarily named the Spartans his leader. However, Cornell's last two visits have been to Ohio State and the Buckeyes appear to have grabbed a lot of the momentum. A big piece to the puzzle will be whether or not he visits Penn State on June 21st or comes to the Irish Invasion.


Inside Linebacker
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.911 Asmar Bilal IN 6-3/205 Mild
.880 Tevon Coney FL 6-2/225 Cold
.985 John Houston CA 6-3/211 Cold


The big news for the Irish was the flip from Penn State of (IN) Josh Barajas .924 who committed to Notre Dame a couple weeks ago.

An item of note as Tevon Coney has been reclassified to inside linebacker. He'll also be visiting Notre Dame later this month for a couple days.

Some more good news on the visitor front as John Houston will be making several summer trips including to Notre Dame at the end of June.

Asmar Bilal still remains the most likely linebacker to join the program. He's coming off a recent visit to Missouri, and will visit Tennessee and Northwestern soon. He'll most certainly come back to South Bend (possibly for Irish Invasion) and hit up Michigan again, too. The Wolverines and Irish look like the favorites.