Welcome back to the One Foot Down recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.
Notre Dame has skipped tight end in only two classes (2012, 2004) during the Rivals era that stretches back to the 2002 cycle. The '04 class was only 16 players and the '12 class only featured 17 players. Right now the 2016 class is projected to be a similar small class so not grabbing a tight end could be a reality this year. With the depth and youth at the position it's also something that the staff could afford to wait until 2017.
Cary Angeline was back at Notre Dame for the spring game--his second visit in 3 months.
He does carry an Alabama offer (he was extended the offer while on his first visit to Notre Dame, surprise surpise!) but this is shaping up to be a Penn State-Notre Dame battle with maybe someone like Ohio State still in the mix. You get the sense the Irish are going to wait and see how things play out with Angeline before making a move on someone like (OH) Luke Farrell .927 from Perry, Ohio just east of Cleveland.
Farrell has been to Notre Dame last summer and October but has not received an offer yet. Since February, he's visited Ohio State twice in addition to trips to Boston College and Penn State.
Also something else to keep in mind is that a backup to Tyler Luatua at the blocking H-back role would be a bigger need more so than another traditional tall pass catching tight end. That H-back position might be a spot where down the road if a scholarship opens up you could fill it with a tough kid who might not be a nationally ranked tight end.
A pair of prospects came off the Big Board since our last update including (OH) Liam Eichenberg .955 committing to Notre Dame last week. We wrote about it and Jamie broke down what kind of player the Irish are getting from St. Ignatius High School.
At the end of March and into April (CA) Nathan Smith .902 went on a flurry of visits which included a brief stop at Notre Dame. A week later, he was offered by USC and visited Los Angeles on April 10th. A couple weeks ago Smith gave his verbal to the Trojans.
The Irish would be awfully pleased to grab one more lineman out of the trio of Boudreaux, Bredeson, or Jordan.
Parker Boudreaux has been to literally a dozen schools this spring and will be in South Bend ($$) the weekend before the Irish Invasion for a nice 2-day visit.
Ben Bredeson was back at Notre Dame for the 4th time on April 10th. He was also back at Wisconsin this past weekend, as well. He'll take a couple more visits soon ($$) before making a decision sometime in the near future. It's expected the Badgers are in the driver's seat.
Michael Jordan has taken a tour of the Midwest this spring. Before coming to Notre Dame for Junior Day he was at Michigan--then visited Ann Arbor twice more in consecutive weeks. Michigan State and Ohio State trips were up next and he was back in East Lansing this past weekend.
Watch out for new offers over the next couple months if any decisions don't fall Notre Dame's way.