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2016 Notre Dame Recruiting Big Board: Offensive Backfield

Nothing much going on here, other than a couple of notable developments in running back recruiting.

Who all seen the LepreQB say YEAAAH!
Who all seen the LepreQB say YEAAAH!
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Welcome back to the OFD recruiting Big Board for Fighting Irish football.

Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.899 Xavier Gaines FL 6-2/200 Mild

Entering The Field

No new offers have gone out since the last Big Board update.

In Play

Xavier Gaines made it clear to Rivals that he'll be a Gator roughly one nanosecond after they give him a committable offer. He also said that Florida and Notre Dame are in his top two, which is interesting considering there has been very little buzz about the staff actually pursuing him at this point.

Off the Board

Jawon Pass, who the Irish staff thinks is destined for big things but never really considered the Irish, pulled a bit of a surprise in committing to Louisville - he was widely expected to land in the SEC.

The saga plays on for elite 2017 prospect Hunter Johnson, #9 overall in the 2017 247 Composite. He's seriously considering the Irish along with Tennessee, North Carolina State, and Northwestern, but at this point it's hard to handicap the race. Whether Notre Dame tries to take a quarterback in the 2016 class will likely hinge on Johnson's decision. While he may mull things over still, he has planned for quite some time now to announce before his junior season starts. And the clock is ticking on that.

Running Back
Score Player State Ht/Wt. Temperature 1* 2* 3* 4* 5*
.933 Damian Alloway CA 5-8/170 Warm
.923 Elijah Holyfield GA 5-11/205 Lukewarm
.848 Deon McIntosh FL 5-11/175 Cold
.939 Devwah Whaley TX 6-0/205 Cold

Entering the Field

No new offers to report.

In Play

Cal legacy Damian Alloway made it to South Bend with his uncle last week, his first time on campus. By all accounts the visit was a smashing success; although Alloway didn't commit before he left (as far as we know), the Irish are in an extremely strong position here. He said through his 7-on-7 team that he'll officially announce his commitment to whoever (wink wink) in the second week of September.

Elijah Holyfield, despite the rumored wishes of Evander that he sign with Notre Dame, announced a top five of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee recently and also his intentions to commit in September. Elijah enjoyed his Junior Day visit but never seemed to be anywhere near as interested in the Irish as his hard-hitting father

Florida back Deon McIntosh is thus far resisting his brother Richard's overtures to join with him at Da U. Earlier in the summer he named several schools that will likely receive an official visit from him; among those schools was Notre Dame. Not among those schools was Miami. Hmm.

Devwah Whaley talked to Scout ($) and it sounds like Oklahoma is his leader. He eliminated Notre Dame several weeks ago.

Off the Board

No commits elsewhere by Irish targets.