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    Good Call Guys! I think she might kill me otherwise

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    I will actually be in church Saturday night myself. I'll be sneaking peaks at my phone, though :o)
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    Quote Originally Posted by a1ND View Post
    I believe Jaylon Smith (2013 LB) will be coming as well
    I believe you are correct..

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    IL RB Ty Isaac is coming

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    Questions about Will Redmond coming he is not
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    The Redmond story bores me. Not that he isn't good, but just doesn't seem to have legs, or the whole combo thing. (watch him sign with ND). :)
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    Lengthy but a good read none the less.................

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    Saturday is a big day for Notre Dame on and off the field. On the field, the Irish take on their biggest rival, USC, in a must-win game. Notre Dame needs this win to keep its BCS hopes alive. The Irish are also looking for their second consecutive win over the Trojans after suffering eight straight losses prior to last year’s 20-16 victory.

    Off the field, this weekend will be Notre Dame’s biggest recruiting weekend. As it stands now, the Irish will host 17 Class of 2012 players making their official visit to Notre Dame. Nine other players from the Class of 2012 will be making unofficial visits to Notre Dame, and 15 players from the Class of 2013 will be in attendance.

    Putting on a good show for the players in attendance will be significant for Notre Dame as it looks to put together an elite recruiting class. Some of the nation’s best players will be in attendance, and those players want to see just how far Notre Dame has come under Brian Kelly.

    The uncommitted players will be joined by a host of Notre Dame commitments. Commits Tee Shepard, Deontay Greenberry, and Justin Ferguson will be making their official visits to Notre Dame this weekend. Committed players Sheldon Day, Mark Harrell, Jarron Jones, Will Mahone, Romeo Okwara, David Perkins, John Turner, and Scott Daly will also be in attendance as unofficial visitors. Class of 2013 commit Steve Elmer will also be in attendance.

    Here is Part I of a brief capsule of the 17 players making their official visit to Notre Dame, as well as Jordan Diamond, the one uncommitted player who will be making the trip:

    RUNNING BACK

    BYRON MARSHALL, RB, 5-10, 195, SAN JOSE(VALLEY CHRISTIAN)CA

    OFFERS: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington

    One of the more exciting players in this entire class is Byron Marshall. There are few players in this class that possess his combination of speed and power. Marshall is a true breakaway threat. His speed allows him to outrun defenses to the perimeter. He also gets to full speed quickly, which allows him to turn even the smallest crease into a big play. Once he gets a step it is going to be a big play for the offense. Marshall has excellent agility and balance, which allows him to quickly attack holes and also makes him a dangerous player on the perimeter. Marshall is also a smooth runner and is able to quickly cutback if his read takes him there. Marshall reads blocks well, shows good patience, and does a good job taking what the defense gives him. He has the unique ability to get narrow between the tackles and when he sees small creases, which allows him to pick up tough yards and also gives him the ability to make big plays that other backs won’t be able to make. He runs with a good forward lean and has excellent leg drive. This allows Marshall to easily run through arm tackles as well as allowing him to bounce off tackles on the perimeter. His balance allows him to bounce off those tackle attempts as he continues to churn forward for extra yards. He runs like a big back between the tackles, which allows him to be an every down player. Marshall will have a bit of an adjustment from a schematic standpoint, as his high school offense often has him attacking from the wing. As a junior he rushed for 1632 yards and 23 TD’s. Marshall has endured a shoulder injury this season, but he returned last weekend and should be ready to go moving forward.

    MARSHALL AND ND: Marshall is an ideal fit for the Notre Dame offense. He is a tough runner with very good athleticism, which makes him perfect to attack the creases created by the spread offense. He can run with authority and make players miss in space. Marshall has the ability to be an every down back in the Irish offense, one that can run, block, and catch the ball out of the backfield. He has the natural build and frame to work himself onto the field very early on. He has narrowed his listed down to Note Dame, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington, USC, and California. Notre Dame is in very good shape with Marshall.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 3 RB; No. 14 overall)

    KEITH MARSHALL, RB, 5-11, 180, RALEIGH(MILLBROOK)NC

    OFFERS: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

    North Carolina running back Keith Marshall is the top player on the Notre Dame running back board, a board that has a number of outstanding prospects on it. When you watch Marshall play, the first thing you notice about his game is his electric speed. Every time he touches the football he is a threat to score. He is the kind of home run threat that could add a scary dimension to any offense. He gets to the perimeter very quickly and if he gets a step he is going to turn it into a big play. Marshall has tremendous agility that allows him to make defenders miss in space. He does a great job setting up defenders as well by attacking them to the perimeter and then immediately breaking hard inside. Despite his elusiveness, he does a great job staying north-south when he is not making cuts. He uses his quickness to burst through even the smallest of creases in the line. Marshall also has the ability to make consecutive moves on the second level without losing speed. Despite his ability to make defenders miss, Marshall does not spend a lot of time dancing, which is a plus. As he physically develops he will become a better between the tackles runner. He is solid in that regards now, but he must get a bit stronger to hold up down after down. Marshall is more than just a physically gifted player. He also does a great job combining good patience with excellent decisiveness. His vision is one of the things that makes him such a dynamic running back. Marshall will have to get stronger, be more consistent, and develop as a pass blocker. He really does not yet know how good he could be, as the game comes so easy to him. When he gets to the next level and is challenged, expect to see him respond by taking his game to a completely different level. As a junior he rushed for 1550 yards and ran for 17 TD’s.

    MARSHALL AND ND: Marshall is truly a five-star running back, and one that could be an immediate difference maker in the Irish offense. The spread offense is perfect for Marshall, as it would negate his lack of great size by opening up more run lanes and limiting the pounding he would take. As Irish fans have seen this fall, the Notre Dame backs do not take the same kind of pounding the backs at Georgia or North Carolina have to take in their more traditional offenses. His speed, vision, and agility would make him a nightmare to defend in the Notre Dame offense as well. He is still wide open, but he seems to really like Notre Dame. Despite this fact, the Irish are likely not in his top one or two, so this weekend’s visit is big for him. If the Irish can put on a good show, connect with him personally, and blow him away with a visit they could put themselves right in the mix to gain his commitment.

    COACH D’S RATING: 5 star (No. 1 RB; No. 5 overall)

    KEIVARAE RUSSELL, RB/ATH, 6-0, 175, EVERETT(MARINER)WA

    OFFERS: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Washington

    Keivarae Russell has the size, athleticism, and versatility to play running back, wide receiver, and safety at the next level. As a running back, Russell would have an adjustment to make from a fundamental standpoint and would have to add a little bit of mass. He will have to develop footwork from the shotgun as well as getting used to making reads from the gun. Once he makes that adjustment Russell will have a chance to be a very good change of pace back at the next level. Russell is a smooth and fluid athlete that is very light on his feet. He is able to weave in and out of traffic, but also has the quickness to suddenly plant and drive through open lanes. Russell also has the suddenness to make second level defenders miss. He has good speed and can make big plays with the ball in his hands. Despite his thin frame, he runs with good leg drive and is able to break tackles in space, which would also make him a good player in the slot player at the next level and would allow him to develop into a good tackler on defense. Russell is an aggressive runner and strong for his size, so he could eventually be able to develop into an every down running back once he develops more girth. He will have a harder time running through defenders at the next level until he puts on a bit more weight and strength, but it should come in time. Even if he doesn’t develop the ability to be an every down back, he should be able to make an impact with his big play ability and his versatility. Russell catches the ball very well and could easily move to the slot position. He has the quickness to be a good after-the-catch player as well as possessing the size and downfield ball skills to be a threat down field. His agility and speed would also help him to one day develop into a standout route runner. As a junior he rushed for 1870 yards, racked up 303 receiving yards, and scored 26 total touchdowns.

    RUSSELL AND ND: Russell is a bit of a “do-everything” player for Notre Dame. He could play running back, he could play wide receiver, and he could play defense. With his dynamic ability with the football, offense is where he is best suited. He could be a bit of a combination of Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick for the Irish. While he could play running back, he is the type of player who could really make a living in the slot (like Riddick). But he is also a player that Notre Dame could and should get into the backfield for direct handoffs (like Wood). He is also a good return man, which Notre Dame needs more of. Russell brings versatility to a class as well. If the Irish landed Russell it would give them insurance at running back and wide receiver. He is still open, but appears to favor Notre Dame, California, Washington, and USC. Russell would be a big-time pickup for the Irish.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 2 ATH; No. 18 overall)

    WIDE RECEIVER

    JUSTIN FERGUSON, WR, 6-2, 205, PEMBROKE PINES(FLANAGAN)FL – NOTRE DAME COMMIT

    OFFERS: Alabama, Central Florida, Florida, Florida International, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Wisconsin

    Justin Ferguson was Notre Dame’s first wide receiver commitment in this class. As a junior, the 6-foot-2 Ferguson hauled in 44 passes for 953 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named First Team All-Broward County, which is no small feat. Ferguson has a unique blend of power and solid speed, something that makes him very difficult to cover at the high school level. Once he develops the necessary techniques, his strength and length (6-2 with long arms) will allow him to out-physical and out-play opponents for the football in college as well. It will also be his primary weapon after the catch, something he is already adept at. Ferguson is more than just power, as he has a smooth running style and fluid athleticism. He gets off the line quickly and is able to get to full speed relatively quickly. His fluid hips allow him to change direction well, although he always seems to be focused on getting vertical (where the end zones are). He has impressive balance that allows him to bounce off would-be tacklers as he continues to work for extra yards. Ferguson’s solid agility and foot quickness should allow him to become a physical and effective route runner at the next level. That ability is something that could help him play inside if Notre Dame felt that was their biggest need. He could play the slot, but outside is ideal for Ferguson, where he can use his strength and speed to make plays. One area of concern is his ability to consistently catch the football. He will need to work on being cleaner attacking the ball and using proper hand position. Those are skills that can be taught and learned relatively quickly. When his technique is good he can snatch the ball out of the air with ease, showing very strong hands, but he must be more consistent. Right now Ferguson is down a bit on this list because he is so raw, but he has the potential to be a standout if he can put it all together.

    FERGUSON AND ND: Landing Ferguson was a bit early pickup for the Irish. With him being in the fold for so long many forget about him when talking about the future receiving corps for Notre Dame. Ferguson will likely be an outside player for the Irish, where his game best suits. He is a strong player that should at the very least be a chain mover and possession type player at the next level. His strength allows him to pick up yards after the catch and should help him develop into a strong red zone threat. Ferguson is still very raw and unrefined as a natural wide receiver. He will likely need time to develop the necessary skills to excel, but he has all the raw tools. If he can put it all together he could be one of the better players in this class.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 5 outside WR; No. 45 overall)

    DEONTAY GREENBERRY, WR, 6-3, 185, FRESNO(WASHINGTON UNION)CA – NOTRE DAME COMMIT

    OFFERS: Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Washington, Washington State

    After dominating the summer and spring circuits, Notre Dame wide receiver commit Deontay Greenberry has taken his game to a new level on the football field as a senior. Greenberry was impressive as a junior, hauling in 66 receptions for 1208 yards and eight touchdowns. Through only six games of his senior year, Greenberry has already had a season’s worth of production. His numbers are mind boggling, as the 6-foot-3 wideout has already hauled in 48 receptions for 1039 yards and 14 touchdowns. His greatest asset at this point is his tremendous hands and ball skills. Greenberry has arguably the best hands in the country, and if the ball is thrown anywhere near him he has the ability to quickly adjust his body and snatch the ball out of the air. He picks the ball cleanly and away from his body. His hands are quick, smooth, and extremely strong; he is truly a quarterback‘s dream as a pass catcher. Greenberry also does a great job timing his movements, which allows him to sell his route until the ball is on him and he is ready to make the grab. Greenberry’s height, leaping ability, body control, and hands should allow him to dominate in the red zone at the next level. Greenberry is also just now starting to fill out, so he will get a lot stronger, which will make him far more dangerous as a pass catcher in college. The Washington Union star is also a smooth and fluid athlete with good agility which should allow him to emerge as a dangerous route runner at the next level. Greenberry is a hard worker that has a ton of confidence in his abilities. He wants the ball and when it comes his way he will not get outplayed. His speed is often knocked, and Greenberry certainly is not a blazing runner. He is a short strider and needs a few steps to get going, but his speed will not keep him from making plays at the next level. As he improves his technique off the line and gets stronger his speed will improve.

    GREENBERRY AND ND: Greenberry was a huge pickup for the Irish. When he committed to Notre Dame he was considered a bit of an afterthought, maybe even a throw-in player to help keep his talented cousin (Tee Shepard) in the fold. During the spring and summer Greenberry showed his offer came because he was one of the top players in the country. Notre Dame will have a big void at wide receiver when Michael Floyd graduates, and Greenberry brings many of the same traits to the table. He lacks Floyd’s size, but his ball skills and passion for the game are similar. Greenberry wants to be great, and he plays the game with an intensity matched by few players. He has the size and tools to make an immediate impact at Notre Dame on the outside. With his ball skills and attitude, Greenberry will show up to Notre Dame expecting to make that immediate impact, just as Floyd did back in 2008. It is going to be very hard to keep him off the field next season.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 3 outside WR; No. 13 overall)

    JORDAN PAYTON, WR, 6-2, 200, WESTLAKE VILLAGE(OAKS CHRISTIAN)CA

    OFFERS: Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn State, SMU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington

    California is loaded with talented pass catchers, and Jordan Payton is one of the best. Despite playing with an injury that limited him for much of his junior season, Payton hauled in 61 passes for 840 yards and nine scores. As a sophomore Payton racked up an impressive 45 catches for 1008 yards and 18 touchdowns. This young man knows how to make plays and get into the end zone. Payton might lack top notch speed, but he makes up for it with his fluid and smooth style of play. He has solid agility, which will allow him to eventually develop into a strong route runner. Any good receiver coach knows that if you have a player with good size, good agility, and strong hands he will be able to get open at the collegiate level even without great speed. Payton has all three of those traits, plus he has a very high football I.Q. and understands how to get open. He can also make plays with the ball in his hands thanks to his ability to quickly cut away from defenders, his strength, and his ability to see openings in the defense. Those traits will also make Payton a dangerous red zone weapon at the next level. Payton has caught 33 touchdowns during his high school career, so getting to the end zone is something he already excels at. Payton has very good ball skills, especially on the deep ball. Although he lets the ball get into his body a bit too much on the short passes, when the ball is thrown downfield he attacks it and does a great job putting his body in position to shield the defender from the football. Payton uses his strength relatively well at this point, but as he gets bigger and stronger he should be able to use it to an even greater degree. His upside is very high, and as he develops physically and learns to run better routes he could develop into one of the top wideouts in this class.

    PAYTON AND ND: Payton would be a good fit at Notre Dame, as he would give the Irish a bigger body it will largely lack once Floyd graduates. He will not make his living stretching the field, but Payton has strong ball skills and would be a strong possession type receiver for the Irish. His potential as a route runner would give him the opportunity to eventually develop into a player capable of being the go-to-wideout for the Irish offense. Notre Dame appears to be on the outside looking in with Payton, but the fact he is making an official shows they are in the mix. I would be surprised if he ended up at Notre Dame, but a strong official this weekend could certainly change that.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 4 outside WR; No. 37 overall)

    BRYCE TREGGS, WR, 5-10, 175, BELLFLOWER(ST. JOHN BOSCO)CA – CALIFORNIA COMMIT

    OFFERS: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington

    If you are looking for a “prototype” wide receiver than Bryce Treggs is not your man. If you are looking for a wide receiver with great hands, athleticism, and the ability to make a lot of big plays than you will love watching this young man on film. Treggs is an undersized player at 5-foot-10 and only 175 pounds, but he has more than enough talent to overcome his lack of size. His height is decent, but he is thin and will have to add quite a bit of strength and some weight to his thin frame. Treggs is the most fundamentally sound football player on this board. He has been very well schooled when it comes to the ins and outs of wide receiver play. His combination of sound technique and impressive physical talent is why he was able to rack up 56 catches for 1010 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He is an excellent route runner for a high school receiver. Treggs knows how to attack opponents, is very quick getting in and out of breaks, and does a very good job when it comes to using head and shoulder fakes to get defenders to go where he wants. He has the ability to create indecision in the mind of defensive backs, which makes him very dangerous thanks to his speed, which allows him to easily run by defenders if there is any hesitation. At times he over does it a bit as a route runner, which is something that will continue to be refined as he develops at the next level. As is expected of a player as well schooled as Treggs, the St. John Bosco standout also possesses excellent hands and ball skills. He snatches the ball out of the air with impressive quickness and strength. Treggs has very good concentration and can go over the middle to make grabs, although he is not as strong as other players on this list. He has good quickness, which he uses to quickly explode in and out of his breaks. Treggs can make defenders miss in space, but he isn’t as natural after the catch as other players. He does his best work before the catch. If he catches the ball on the run or has a seam he can certainly make big plays by attacking with his speed.

    TREGGS AND ND: Treggs might not blow away recruiting junkies because of his lack of measurables, but the fact is this young man is dynamic. His ability to run routes is ideal for a Notre Dame offense that relies so much on spacing, timing, and winning individual battles. He could play inside or out for Notre Dame, and that versatility makes him a valuable commodity. He has the body of a slot player but the game of an outside player. He will have to get stronger of course, but his athleticism, hands, and advanced understanding of the game would allow him to fight for immediate playing time at Notre Dame. He committed to California during the summer, but his trip to Notre Dame appears to be more than just enjoying the atmosphere of a college football game. It appears Notre Dame is one school that could possibly get Treggs to de-commit from the Bears, but that still seems a bit unlikely at this time.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 6 slot receiver; No. 25 overall)

    OFFENSIVE LINE

    ZACH BANNER, OL, 6-9, 305, LAKEWOOD(LAKES)WA

    OFFERS: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, California, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin

    Zach Banner, at 6-foot-9, is also one of the nation’s top basketball centers and hopes to play both sports in college. Notre Dame is recruiting him to play both, but Banner’s first love is football, where he has the potential to be a special player. It is scary to think how good Banner could be down the road. There are a lot of little things that Banner must work on, and his overall technique needs a lot of work. Banner has shown a desire to change that about his game, and with college coaching his game will take off. At that point Banner could emerge as one of, if not the top tackle in this class. It is the raw tools and personality that makes Banner such a highly coveted prospect. He possesses tremendous length, size, and natural power. On top of that, Banner has surprising athleticism and agility for a player with such great size. Banner will benefit greatly from getting to college, where he will go up against much bigger players. He struggles at times to play with good leverage, often times bending at the waist way too much in an attempt to get down to the significantly smaller players. As he learns to bend at his knees and use his size to his advantage his game will take off. Banner’s natural strength is impressive, and when he comes off well he has the ability to overpower and destroy opponents. When he gets his hands on a defender they are going to get beat. He moves very well in space and when he gets rolling he is a punishing blocker. Banner will need a lot of work on his pass sets, but once he develops he’ll excel. He has very long arms and good feet for a right tackle. He is hard to run around and possesses a strong punch that allows him to stone defenders. Once his technique matches his tools Banner could be truly dominant and special.

    BANNER AND ND: Banner would be a great fit for the Notre Dame offensive system. With his athleticism he could be excellent on the edge in space as a pass blocker. His great height and length would also make him an asset on the edge of the offense. He has the raw power on the edge to develop into an impact run blocker. Banner also has the athleticism to move in space and pull on the counter run. He is still a very raw player and will need time to develop wherever he goes, but he has as many tools as any offensive linemen in this entire class. Banner would be a huge pickup for Notre Dame, but it appears the Irish are fading a bit with him since he saw them lose to Michigan back in September. If Notre Dame can look good on the field and put together a strong visit for Banner the Irish could themselves back into the mix.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 4 OT; No. 20 overall)

    JORDAN DIAMOND, OL, 6-6, 290, CHICAGO(SIMEON)IL – UNOFFICIAL

    OFFERS: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Wisconsin

    Like Banner, Jordan Diamond’s best days are certainly ahead of him. The talented Diamond is one of the best athletes at the position in the country. Diamond is very raw and needs a lot of coaching, but his raw tools are outstanding. The 6-foot-6 Diamond is an impressive athlete with good agility and open field speed. He moves well in space and is quite effective as a trapper and puller. Diamond gets to the second level very well and brings a lot of punch once he gets there. Thanks to the high school offense he plays in, Diamond will have significant experience blocking on the move, something that Notre Dame does often with their tackles. He fires off the ball with good explosiveness when his timing is proper, but he needs improvement with consistency in this regards. Diamond shows good initial pop and decent natural strength, but he will need work in the weight room at the next level. His strength potential is high, and if he is willing to work he should someday emerge as a very strong offensive lineman. Diamond’s athleticism and natural strength make him an effective run blocker, but it is his drive that really puts him over the top. When he engages defenders Diamond really turns up the heat and drives his legs with authority. He seems to love putting defensive players on the ground and pounding on them. His quickness, athleticism, and long arms should allow him to develop as a strong pass blocker, but he will need a lot of work from a technical standpoint to get to that level. All the tools are there for Diamond, who could easily move up this list as he improves as a fundamental player.

    DIAMOND AND ND: Diamond is really an excellent fit for Kelly’s offense, which puts a premium on physical players that can move. Diamond certainly fits that bill, although he is still quite raw as a player. He has good natural strength and athleticism, which should allow him to develop over his first couple of seasons, and once he does develop he could be a star. Diamond has the athleticism to play tackle for the Irish, but also the physical disposition to play inside. The key is just getting him, as the position can work itself out later. Notre Dame appears to be on the outside looking in, but getting him on campus is a positive. Michigan was said to be the leader for quite some time, although Diamond is still wide open.

    COACH D’S RATING: (No. 6 offensive tackle; No. 32 overall player)

    JOHN THEUS, OL, 6-6, 290, JACKSONVILLE(BOLLES)FL

    OFFERS: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Carolina, Texas, USC, Virginia

    Theus is getting a lot of national attention and is considered one of the nation’s best offensive tackle prospects. When you see him get after it in the run game it is easy to see why he is so highly thought of. Theus is a bit of a throwback offensive lineman. He is not as athletic as most of the players on this board, but he is big, strong, physical, nasty, and dominates in the run game like no other. Theus comes off the line with a lot of force and power. He keeps a good base and does a good job driving his feet upon contact. As he engages opponents he shows the tendency to kick his legs into second gear as he pushes defenders off the ball and opens up gaping holes in the line. Theus likes to get dirty and seems to thrive on contact and being able to mix it up with opponents. Few players in the country play with as much raw power as Theus does when he is on his game. In protection, Theus shows very good technique and is coached well, which should come as no surprise considering he plays at The Bolles School. He gets into his pass set well, he keeps a good base, he does a nice job using his length, and he stays big. The concern with Theus is with his agility and quickness, which is not a strong suit in his game. I am concerned that he lacks the ideal quickness to handle the better speed rushers and athletic pass rushers at the next level. His lack of agility and quickness makes him ideally suited for right tackle and quite possibly guard at the next level, where he would not have to block on the edge as much.

    THEUS AND ND: The 290-pound senior tackle is a pure power player, and would likely suit best inside for the Irish. What I like about him first of all is his versatility, as Theus could play guard or tight tackle. He is one of the best run blockers in the entire country. He reminds me a lot of Sam Young as a high school run blocker, where Theus uses his raw power and effort to dominate opponents. He committed to Georgia months ago, and the Bulldogs were always said to be the leader. His visit to Notre Dame is a bit of a surprise, but a welcome surprise. I would consider Theus a long shot, but any chance to get a kid of his ability on campus is a good thing.

    COACH D’S RATING: 4 star (No. 8 OT)

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    Jarron Jones and family will be there

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    I cant wait for Arik, Jarron, Banner to meet each other. These guys are huge and to look at each other eye to eye and think we could be on the same team playing together in a few years. That gives me chills. I hope that some connections are made between these players. The closer it gets the more hyped I get. Expect more posts like this!
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