Welcome back to the OFD Big Board for September 23, 2014.
The only tackle off the board since our last update has been (VA) Darvin Taylor .925 who gave a verbal to Florida State at the end of August.
Pic of new #FSU commitment Darvin Taylor @DT2_28 via @ByRyanLazo pic.twitter.com/r340hw0wPM http://t.co/yXcrLZrgCP— Noles247.com (@Noles247) August 28, 2014
Notre Dame has tried to stay in the race with Neville Gallimore but has never been able to secure a visit from the Canadian product. Now, coming off a visit to Oklahoma he's named a top 5 and it does not include the Irish.
#OhioState offers a JUCO OL, Neville Gallimore names top 5, and much more recruiting news from Thursday: http://t.co/eZMqN3x7gd— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 19, 2014
The Sooners are in the mix with Ohio State, Oregon, Florida, and Florida State.
Notre Dame remains in the mix with Christian Wilkins who is tentatively setting up official visits to Ohio State, Stanford, Penn State, Clemson, in addition to a trip to South Bend.
#Rivals100 DT Christian Wilkins has a group of leaders and wants to see #NotreDame. Full story: http://t.co/1NF2P3vuRk ($)— Rivals.com (@Rivals) August 4, 2014
Ohio State and Penn State have long been considered the favorites for Wilkins so we'll see if the Irish can make a play if he indeed visits campus.
No new updates on Joseph Wicker who has said he'll take an official visit to Notre Dame but has not set that trip up yet.
The lone commit at defensive end was (NC) Darian Roseboro .948 who gave a verbal to Michigan just under a month ago.
2015 4-star defensive lineman Darian Roseboro commits to Michigan http://t.co/DH08bKrur9— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) August 29, 2014
One of item of note is that Josh Sweat, now the Composite top recruit in the country, suffered a dislocated knee cap in his high school game this past weekend.
DE Josh Sweat, top-rated overall HS prospect in 2015 ESPN 300, diagnosed with a dislocated left kneecap http://t.co/UmdF3zWKNc— SportsCenter Alerts (@ESPNSCalerts) September 20, 2014
Nation's No. 1 overall recruit carted off with apparent leg injury: http://t.co/lEnOqfcTAQ (Photo: @JamiVP) pic.twitter.com/NIBONcZvAR— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 20, 2014
The Irish hoped to be a player with mega-recruit Byron Cowart but he is down to five teams without Notre Dame among his favorites. Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Oregon, and Alabama are his finalists while he's pushed back his commit date (September 28th) to the Under Armour Game in January.
Big-time DL (and presumed #Gators lean) Byron Cowart is pushing back his decision date. Because duh. http://t.co/LlC3awhYwp— Alligator Army (@AlligatorArmy) September 16, 2014
More bad news as Notre Dame hoped to make headway with Keisean Lucier-South but he's named a top five that includes UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Florida. He's coming off a recent official visit to Norman and has scheduled visits to Ann Arbor and Eugene.
Weird news out of Tuscaloosa as Leo Lewis left Alabama's class a while back. He's still considering the Tide but Ole Miss and Mississippi State are now in the mix.
Top-ranked MLB Leo Lewis (@TheLeoLewis_40), a former Alabama commit, is back on campus today for Crimson Tide vs UF. pic.twitter.com/CMucGSPAKI— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) September 20, 2014
Every indication is that Tevon Coney is down to Florida and Notre Dame but he appears to be pushing back his commit date from sometime in the middle of his senior season to a later date.
2015 FL LB @TevonConey does say he plans on visiting #Florida again at some point before deciding.— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) September 10, 2014
Coney took an official visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan game and will be heading back to Florida for sure before making a decision. He also might be making trips to Miami and/or Ohio State, as well.
In-state star Asmar Bilal remains on the verge of committing to either Notre Dame or Michigan although his timeline for making such a decision is clouded in mystery.
#NotreDame LB target @AsmarBilal still torn on his recruitment. @ND_Insider Premium ($): http://t.co/0PSzDYpIyB pic.twitter.com/c3OkyF6VLe— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) September 13, 2014
Quick-hitter: LB Asmar Bilal will visit both Michigan & Notre Dame one more time before making decision ($) http://t.co/4pHisOFago— Anna Hickey (@AnnaHScout) September 20, 2014
Bilal was thought to have decided by now but will be visiting his two finalists yet again. However, he's been very quick to avoid the spotlight so this might take a while. If he shows up to Notre Dame for the Stanford game that'll be some good news.