Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.
New This Week:
The staff likes do-everything athlete Korey Charles as a safety at the next level. He already has a few camp trips scheduled this summer; it looks like he'll either squeeze a visit in to ND too or come on an official in the fall.
Jalen Elliot, who the staff is also targeting as a safety, is a Virginia native and a Virginia Tech double legacy - both parents went there and his father played there - but the Hokies aren't a lock. His recruitment has heated up as he has recently added offers from Georgia, Auburn, North Carolina, and Maryland as well. Look for a summer visit to be scheduled at some point.
Off the Board:
No recent commitments to report.
No movement on Devin Asiasi, who most expect to stay out west.
Georgia receiver Marquez Callaway will make the trek to South Bend for Irish Invasion. Pulling this talent out of the South will be hard, but that's certainly a positive development.
Garden State native Jordan Fuller made waves at the Nike Opening regional in Oakland, CA (not Oakland, NJ) last week. While he can't make Irish Invasion because his school, like most in New Jersey, will still be in session, he has talked about a yet-to-be-scheduled summer visit.
Jack Jones just got bumped into the Rivals Top 100, checking in at #91. The staff is working hard on the Long Beach Poly Star, but - stop me if you've heard this one - isn't likely to get much traction.
Oregon is lurking for Chase Lucas and could make a big move with an offer. They want him in the secondary while most schools are looking at him as a running back.
It looked like the Irish were fading for Ahmir Mitchell, who could land at receiver, safety, or both at the next level. But after Scott Booker visited during the spring eval period, Mitchell said he'd visit Notre Dame over the summer. Nothing scheduled yet, though.
Borderline five-star Demetris Robertson, who decommitted from Alabama a little while back, recently named Alabama, Georgia, and Stanford co-leaders. He has talked about wanting to see Notre Dame and Ohio State, but nothing has gone beyond that yet.
New This Week:
Chase Claypool, a jumbo receiver and the top prospect in Canada, just received an Irish offer. Claypool's rankings are, charitably, pedestrian, but he has also picked up offers recently from Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Arizona, Michigan, and Tennessee. You choose which metric is more meaningful in this case, cohort or recruiting ranking... Oregon will probably be tough to beat but Notre Dame will get a look when Claypool visits for Irish Invasion.
Louisiana speed merchant Marquez Stevenson also picked up an Irish offer this week. Notre Dame is the latest in a string of Power 5 schools that have offered Stevenson this spring, joining Miami, Arizona State, Kansas, and Nebraska. Baylor and Mississippi State had offered already. No word on a visit, but Stevenson was very complimentary about the offer so the situation bears watching.
Want to say S/O to Notre Dame on giving my my #15 Offer #Irish— MarquezStevenson#⃣7⃣ (@Speedster_7) June 4, 2015
Off the Board:
High four-star Eli Stove gave his pledge to Auburn last week.
Joshua Hammond surprised basically nobody when he committed to his big brother Frankie's alma mater, Florida, last night.
Note: There are a lot of guys in this list, so to keep things manageable we're going to cover only the ones with recent news. If you don't see a kid's name in this list, there's nothing to report right now.
Donnie Corley will set an announcement date at some point with his Detroit-Martin Luther King teammates, 2016 RB Marvin Pettaway and 2017 DB Ambry Thomas. Whenever that happens, Michigan State could very well claim all three. Practice your wailing, gnashing of teeth, and garment-rending now.
Recent offer Tren'Davian Dickson just tweeted out a Top 6 and Notre Dame wasn't in it.
Texas speedster Devin Duvernay made a huge jump in the new Rivals rankings to #57 overall after logging a sub-10.3 100 meter time in track. He just visited Auburn with his little brother and immediately made plans to return
New Jerseyan Brad Hawkins joins Corley as Irish targets who have recently picked up an offer from Auburn. Some reports have the staff cooling on him given their standing with other prospects, but of course that's conjecture at this point.
Austin Mack will announce his commitment on Sunday; while he visited Notre Dame and Michigan last weekend, it would be a huge upset if he picks anyone but Ohio State.
Florida speedster Tre Nixon has mentioned Notre Dame as a potential summer visit but hasn't scheduled anything yet. He just picked up an offer from Oregon and gushed about how his whole family is Ducks fans, so... He plans on announcing his finalists in the next week or two.
Darnell Salomon just picked up a fifth star from Rivals and is now their #16 overall player for 2016. We haven't technically been eliminated, but he recently said that he's focusing most on Alabama, Florida State, Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma and LSU.
Trevon Sidney will be tough to pull away from USC, but said he'll be in Chicago to visit family this summer and wants to see Notre Dame while he's there.
Kevin Stepherson shares a hometown with everyone's favorite big guy, and could share more than that down the road. Stepherson is very interested in Notre Dame and will be at Irish Invasion.
Earlier in the spring Tyler Vaughns included Notre Dame in his top ten; more recently, though, he said he plans on committing in August, and he has no visit to South Bend scheduled before then. Things could change, of course, but it's pretty likely that Vaughns will end up with childhood favorite USC.
And there you have it.
It might seem like there isn't much positive news, but keep in mind that this list is pretty long - 27 athletes and receivers combined, plus other commitments who have dropped off - and based on historical conversion rates we can expect to close on about 3-4 of these guys. So actually we're doing fine for this point in the cycle.
Irish Invasion is just two weeks away. We should see a lot of developments there that will give us a good sense of the recruiting road map for the fall.