Welcome back to another edition of the One Foot Down Recruiting Big Board for Irish Football.
The Irish appear to be fading from Manny Bowen's radar. He's looking to cut down his list of favorites with Penn State considered the team to beat moving forward. He'll visit Happy Valley this weekend.
As previously reported, Porter Gustin will take an official to Notre Dame for the Michigan game and is scheduled for this weekend's Irish Invasion. He's a Mormon who might go on a Mission straight from high school so keep that in mind as his recruitment progresses.
Justin Hilliard visited South Bend two weekends ago. That makes it 3 visits to Notre Dame over the past 4 months. He also made it to Ohio State and Iowa recently. He will be coming back for the Irish Invasion this Friday and go back to Ohio State before making a decision later in the summer. Earlier this month Hilliard was invited to The Opening.
ND visits never disappoint http://t.co/YpsAoYkhKb— Justin Hilliard (@JHilliard47) June 7, 2014
Congrats to Justin Hilliard (@JHilliard47) of St. Xavier HS on earning his invite to @TheOpening2014. #OSUN... https://t.co/uYYkNiU02N— The Opening (@TheOpening2014) June 1, 2014
Ohio State also got a recent visit from Jeffery Holland but he's also been to Auburn 3 times over the past 12 weeks and is still considered a heavy lean to the Tigers.
Five-star prospect John Houston has been reclassified to outside linebacker and is set to make a bunch of summer visits. As of a couple weeks ago he was set to visit Notre Dame next weekend.
Malik Jefferson is the consensus top outside linebacker and has been very quiet for someone with his status. He did recently camp at Oklahoma and does not appear to be considering Notre Dame. Other teams in the mix are Texas, Baylor, and Alabama.
We're still waiting to see if Osa Masina makes any plans with Notre Dame but it hasn't happened yet. It appears UCLA is grabbing some momentum and he's close to being downgraded to Cold on our board.
Arthur McGinnis was originally scheduled to visit for this week's camp but has pushed back that date to next month. He's called Notre Dame one of his favorites and wants to learn more about the school's academics. We'll see if things heat up in a few weeks.
Cassius Peat is in the same boat as Masina. Both are players who have lined up visits but haven't actually made the trip yet.
The experts continue to say Dominic Sheppard is going to stay in town and go to Miami.
It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Notre Dame has on Adonis Thomas who visits this weekend. He has mentioned that Florida, Alabama, and the Irish are recruiting him the hardest. He's never been to South Bend and is coming off another trip to Florida and will get back to Alabama in July. He's deciding on August 1st so Notre Dame is going to need a major impact in a few days.
Welcome to Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/1dLx2nmrFT— Marshall Bo Wallace (@_BoWallace) June 4, 2014
Notre Dame made a big impression on Bo Wallace who visited during the first week of June. He's scheduled to come back for an official visit for the Michigan game. Could the Irish finally pick up a player from John Curtis H.S.?
We had a flurry of activity at corner since our last update. First, (OH) Shaun Crawford .951 left Michigan's class and recently committed to Notre Dame. Just a couple days earlier the Irish added a verbal from (OH) Nick Coleman .845 who comes out of Malik Zaire's high school. Coleman was offered at the end of May and committed after his visit during the middle of last week.
Another corner who was on Notre Dame's radar was (TX) P.J. Mbanasor .936 but he committed to Oklahoma.
Of note, Tavarus McFadden is now reclassified as a corner. He is not considering Notre Dame.
With the recent commits of Crawford and Coleman there may only be room for 1 more defensive back. The Irish did make the Top 10 for Cameron Ordway recently. I'm not sure if things will progress further for ND.
#NotreDame in for '15 CB target Cameron Ordway RT @COrdway7 Top 10 No Order! pic.twitter.com/PvMFPnNAO9— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) June 10, 2014
Philadelphia's John Reid recently visited Michigan and is being persued heavily by the Wolverines now. For now he's looking like the likely last piece to the puzzle for Notre Dame at corner if they can fight off Penn State and Michigan over the next few months.
Notre Dame has offered a pair of recruits since our last update. First is North Carolina commit (FL) Ronnie Harrison .884 who heard from the Irish staff a couple Thursday's ago. He's been part of the Tar Heels class for nearly a year.
The second offer is to (SC) Denzel Johnson .833 who has good speed for his size. He's only carrying offers from Clemson and Louisville so he's flying under the radar out of A C Flora High School.
The Irish did make the Top 10 for P.J. Locke, as well.
To ALL coaches pic.twitter.com/YX6LpK5fdV— James PJ Locke III#4 (@PjLocke4) June 16, 2014
As mentioned above, Notre Dame will be very picky in the secondary for the remainder of this cycle. With McKinney, Fertitta, Coleman, and Crawford they can afford to wait on an elite player or someone deciding later in the process.