Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.
The Big Board is empty at two positions - quarterback and tight end, where the Irish are set with Ian Book and nobody, respectively. With a glut of talented neophyte tight ends currently on the roster and Brock Wright and Cole Kmet committed in the 2017 class, there's no need.
247's Ryan Bartow reports that Damian Alloway is one visit away from a commitment ($). He has an official to UCLA looming, so there you go. Oregon could still shake this recruitment up with an offer, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen.
Melquise Stovall (no relation) will narrow his list down to a top three soon; Notre Dame, Utah, Boise State, and Arizona have gotten official visits from him thus far, with a few other Pac 12 schools in the running for the last visit.
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Deon McIntosh is Irish! Cobbler for everyone!
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Hard to read what's going on with Stewart Reese, who has yet to take any official visits despite being recruited by a lot of top programs - his top interests, all schools he has offers from, are Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and Nebraska. He talked about a possible official to Nebraska a while ago but, to our knowledge, nothing has been scheduled yet. He also seemed like a Florida State lock who was just waiting on an offer, but when the Noles did make a bid he didn't jump in it. The services haven't had any update on him in weeks. Very interesting.
For those who like to complain the Notre Dame is slow with its offers, note that Texas just offered Donnie Corley. We'd say that qualifies as out of left field, given that it's two weeks before his announcement date and this is the first time I've seen Texas mentioned in any context with him. Good luck, guys.
Per Scout's Bob Redman, Nate Craig-Myers will be in Gainesville to see the Gators take on Florida State. Probably where Nate is likely to ply his trade next year, as well.
Javon McKinley will take his final official visit, to UCLA, within the next few weeks; he still plans to announce at the Army All-America game in early January. Washington and Oregon are also in the picture here, but ND and UCLA are the front runners.
Demetris Robertson cancelled a scheduled official visit to Ohio State, but could try to get back there at some point. He has said since taking an official to Notre Dame that he'll come back; the most obvious target is the football banquet. If he makes it back to campus for that, things will get very interesting with the five-star athlete.