Welcome to the OFD Big Board for the 2016 cycle focusing on athletes and wide receivers.
We mentioned in our previous Big Board update that Ervin Barrett is a quarterback prospect for the Irish. He's from the same high school as Dexter Williams and was offered by Notre Dame back in late November.
For quite some time Barret has mentioned that Auburn is his leader. He was just recently offered by Texas.
Another prospect offered by Notre Dame back in November was Marquez Callaway out of Warner Robins just south of Macon, Georgia. He's one of the top athletes in the country and is being recruited hard by the Irish.
Remember that Jordan Fuller was one of the earliest offers in this class. His brother is at UCLA and he holds offers from the Bruins, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami, and more.
While Fuller is from Bergen County in northern New Jersey, the Irish handed out an early offer to Ahmir Mitchell from southern New Jersey too. Notre Dame also made his early top 8 announced a week ago.
Watch out for (IL) Julian Love .860 from the western Chicago suburb of La Grange Park. He'll be visiting South Bend tomorrow and is very high on the Irish.
Notre Dame probably won't rush an offer here so we'll see how this situation plays out after he visits campus.
It's becoming a Brian Kelly tradition to offer a boat load of wide receiver prospects and 2016 is shaping up no differently. Before we get to those new offers one prospect came off the board in (FL) Tavares Chase .943 who gave a verbal to Clemson on January 31st.
Miami started out 2016 with a loaded crop of commits at receiver but they've already lost one of those recruits. Heritage High School's Dredrick Snelson is back on the market after just under 5 months with the Hurricanes.
Since our October update there have been offers to Dylan Crawford, Divine Deablo, Josh Hammond, Brad Hawkins, Javon McKinley, Tre Nixon, Darian Owens, Eli Stove, and Tyler Vaughns.
Crawford is from St. Francis H.S. in Los Angeles County and visited Notre Dame last summer.
Deablo is the early leader for Best Name for 2016 and is out of Mount Tabor H.S. in Winston-Salem.
Hammond is just a 3-star from north of Miami in Hallandale Beach but already has offers from LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Louisville, Ohio State, and more. He plans on visiting Notre Dame this spring.
Hawkins is from Camden just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and will be coming to Notre Dame for Junior Day next month.
McKinley is out of Centennial High School in Riverside County, California and has the entire Pac-12 after his services.
Nixon goes to Viera H.S. in Melbourne, Florida with a ridiculous list of offers already. He's already mentioned he won't be deciding until late in his senior season and will take his official visits.
Owens is from Fresno so moving on! He likes USC a lot.
Stove is from Niceville on the Panhandle of Florida just west of Panama City. He's coming off recent visit to Florida and UCF.
Vaughns is out of Bishop Amat H.S. just east of Los Angeles and is part of a loaded California receiver class. He's got Notre Dame in his top group with USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, and Washington. Vaughns is coming off a Junior Day visit to USC and is also a promising baseball player. He'll be focusing on the diamond during the spring before taking more summer visits.
We're not done yet with the offers. The Irish have also offered Michigan State commit (NJ) Cameron Chambers .942 and Oregon commit (TN) Dillon Mitchell .887 too.
Donnie Corley and Austin Mack remain the early top targets for the Irish. Corley was supposed to visit Notre Dame a few weeks ago but didn't make the trip instead opting to see Michigan State. Corley is coming off a visit to Michigan, was recently offered by Alabama, and is going to see Penn State soon.
Mack is from Jaylon Smith's high school and will automatically be considered a Notre Dame lock by many fans. However, Ohio State and Michigan are making a lot of strides so prepare yourself for the outrage should Mack go somewhere else.
Mack is coming off a Junior Day visit to North Carolina and will be see Michigan soon.