Welcome back to the One Foot Down recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football. Today, we're finishing up our first go around for the calendar year on all of the positions for the 2016 prospects. Junior Day is this weekend!
We've had a pair of commits at corner in recent weeks. First, LSU picked up the nation's top corner in (FL) Saivion Smith .995 out of the IMG Academy. He picked the Tigers back in late February. In addition to being the No. 1 corner, Smith is currently ranked as the country's No. 7 overall prospect.
Surprise announcement from IMG Academy's 5-star athlete Saivion Smith. He's made it official! #IMGFam https://t.co/JexqrcSO7R— Albert Stampley (@jaystamp) February 25, 2015
Notre Dame offered (FL) Chauncey Gardner .944 back in November when he was committed to Florida. About a month and a half later to begin the New Year Gardner left the Gators' class. However, he recently visited Gainesville again for their Junior Day and gave his verbal back to Florida.
#Rivals100 4-star DB Chauncey Gardner is excited to be back on board with the #Gators http://t.co/ulBcPwh1qN pic.twitter.com/wEsZDA13Tj— Rivals.com (@Rivals) March 16, 2015
On the above Big Board list Campbell, Cuffee, Hamlin, Hardman, Murphy, Warner, and Williams are new offers.
Roderick Campbell comes out of Chaminade Prep in St. Louis and is in consideration for the top player in the state of Missouri. He was at the Irish Invasion last summer and likes Notre Dame a lot. He will be unable to make it to the Junior Day this weekend because Chaminade basketball is in the state final but Campbell plans on coming back to South Bend ASAP.
3-star CB Roderick Campbell is "so excited" over his #NotreDame offer. Irish will be tough to beat. Story: http://t.co/dIY4hInfcJ (VIP)— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) February 25, 2015
Chaminade head coach Anotine Torrey says '16 CB Roderick Campbell (@RC9___) can handle life at #NotreDame.(Free) http://t.co/jCaggKTpUh— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) March 14, 2015
A couple of weeks ago the Irish offered Eric Cuffee out of Waco, Texas. He recently attended Texas A&M's Junior Day and also earned an invite to The Opening. Cuffee has said he's not close to making a college decision.
S/O and Congrats to @TheOpening Finals Invitee, Waco DB Eric Cuffee (@JaeRican27). #GOTOPEN pic.twitter.com/QH8gO9IOCA— The Opening (@TheOpening) March 15, 2015
A key target for Notre Dame is Damar Hamlin out of Central Catholic in Pittsburgh. A nationally ranked corner from western Pennsylvania is right in Notre Dame's wheelhouse but they'll be fighting Penn State and Pitt for his services. Hamlin was offered back in early November and will be making his first to campus for Junior Day this weekend.
VIP: 4-star DB and top #NotreDame target Damar Hamlin talks with @TomLoy247 about his upcoming visit. http://t.co/s8hCDnbTfL @HamlinIsland— Notre Dame 247 (@NotreDame247) March 11, 2015
Mecole Hardman was offered by the Irish a couple weeks ago and comes out of Elberton in northeast Georgia near the South Carolina border. In a loaded year in the state of Georgia (Hardman is the No. 101 national player and No. 12 in Georgia) he's being pursued heavily by the Bulldogs in addition to Tennessee.
Byron Murphy is one of the top players in Arizona and is being recruited by most of the Pac-12. He's coming off a Junior Day visit to the Arizona Wildcats and will see a couple other schools soon too.
The top player in San Diego County is believed to be Troy Warner who has had an eventful past few weeks. Since late February he's picked up offers from Notre Dame, Utah, Cal, Oregon, and Stanford.
#NotreDame is latest offer for San Marcos (Calif) Mission Hills DB Troy Warner, long, athletic corner with big upside http://t.co/O9dfV0qpVy— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) February 25, 2015
Yet another late February offer by Notre Dame went out to Joejuan Williams from Nashville. He's coming off a recent visit to Auburn and will be a tough pull with additional offers from Alabama, LSU, and Ole Miss.
Jared Mayden was recently invited to The Opening and will be making his college decision there this summer. Oregon and Ohio State currently lead his Crystal Ball pick.
The only corner more highly ranked in Florida than Trayvon Mullen is Saivion Smith, so you can expect Mullen to stick down South. Levonta Taylor is from Virginia Beach which is almost certainly not going to work out for the Irish.
Chicago-area corner (IL) Julian Love .860 will be back on campus for the second time in a month for this weekend's Junior Day. It is expected that he could earn an offer and a commit could very well happen.
The only safety to commit from the Big Board was (LA) Cameron Lewis .901 who stayed in-state and gave a verbal to LSU last Thursday.
2016 #Rivals250 ATH Cameron Lewis announced his commitment to #LSU today on his birthday: http://t.co/RdHzLukEzW ($) pic.twitter.com/zhvD1NkBlZ— Rivals.com (@Rivals) March 13, 2015
The newest offers for Notre Dame at this position are Burton, Okeke, Perry, and Watts.
Brandon Burton comes out of Junipero Serra in LA County and by now you know the drill with that school.
A couple weeks ago Notre Dame reached out to Ikenna Okeke and he is planning on visiting South Bend during the summer. However, it's expected that Tennessee will lock down this in-state prospect.
IMG Academy continues to crank out the D-1 talent as Spencer Perry has transferred this off-season and is moving from Alabama. He's currently listening to what Notre Dame has to offer and mulling things over.
Bradenton (Fla.) @IMGAcademy safety Spencer Perry can relate to Irish assistant Autry Denson. The two talk daily. http://t.co/BRpA1EbLGY— Andrew Ivins (@BGI_aivins) March 12, 2015
Notre Dame, Miami, North Carolina, and Indiana are the top four for Craig Watts out of Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. With additional offers from Alabama, Michigan, Florida, and Ohio State we'll see how long that top four lasts. Like many Floridians he's mentioned visiting South Bend during the summer.
There are 4 schools sticking out to 4-star safety Craig Watts http://t.co/4kkIjRLSQK @RyanBartow @NoFlyZone_2016 @Boss_Martin247 @DavidLake3— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) February 19, 2015
Keep an eye on Devin Studstill who was offered last May while the Irish were scouting Te'von Coney at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Notre Dame is still trying to get him on campus.