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    This year’s crop of talent at the Under Armour All-America Combine, held last Friday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., was one of the deepest groups in the history of the event. While it’s normally stacked with high-end FBS talent, this year’s group was particularly impressive.

    Class of 2015 wide receiver George Campbell had a special showing Friday at the Under Armour All-America Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Prospects were tested in a variety of ways, including 40-yard dash (straight line speed), vertical (explosiveness), pro agility shuttle (quickness, lateral quickness and change of direction), L-cone (change of direction, quickness), broad jump (explosiveness, athleticism), the bench press (strength) and the vertical leap (explosiveness, athleticism). They also participated in position drills and one-on-ones.


    While there wasn’t an official combine MVP, we are going with class of 2015 wide receiver George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake). The teammate of Top247 wide receiver Artavis Scott checked in at 6-foot-2 ¾ and 177-pounds and ripped off impressive times of 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.2 in the pro-agility shuttle and 6.9 in the L-cone drill. Throw in a 32-inch vertical and the sophomore turned in a jaw dropping performance. In limited reps, Campbell also showed the quickness off the line of scrimmage, change of direction and ability to track and high-point the ball that he showed at Florida’s Friday Night Lights last summer, where he also was the top overall prospect. Campbell currently holds verbal offers from Michigan, South Florida, Vanderbilt, UCF and N.C. State.

    State of Alabama represents

    Two of the top prospects in attendance Friday were Alabama commitment Bo Scarbrough (Tucaloosa, Ala./Northridge) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala.). The two five-star rated prospects by 247Sports delivered with their performance.

    Scarbrough measured 6-foot-1 ½ and 215-pounds and ran a best 40-yard of 4.59. The versatile athlete that worked out at wide receiver also ripped off a uber impressive 4.09 pro-agility shuttle and 6.78 L-cone drill. Throw in a 31-inch vertical, a 10’3” broad jump and 16 reps of 185-pounds on the bench, and only Campbell could say he had a more impressive performance. At wide receiver during on-on-ones, Scarborugh fought the ball and didn’t have the look of a natural receiver. We like the Crimson Tide commitment at outside linebacker long term in a 3-4 alignment.

    Humphrey was nearly as impressive in testing clocking a 4.48 40 at 5-foot-11 ¾ and 179-pounds. He added a 4.27 pro-agility shuttle, 6.76 L-cone and 32-inch vertical and was solid in one-on-one’s showing the ability to stay attached and react as well as any defensive back in attendance.

    Coming out party for Holmes

    Class of 2014 wide receiver Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) came on late in the season for state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, but he took his recruitment to another level late last week. Holmes checked in at 6-foot-1 ¾ and 166-pounds and ripped off impressive times of 4.48 in the forty yard dash, 4.15 in the pro-agility shuttle and a blazing 6.72 in the L-cone. Throw in a 35.5-inch vertical and Holmes and Campbell were easily the two most impressive wide receivers prospects in the testing portion of the combine. Holmes claims verbal offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and Wisconsin among others.

    While slot wide receiver prospect Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) didn’t have his own coming out party on Friday, the 5-foot-8 ¼, 172-pounder proved that he belongs in the four-star conversation. While his 40 time of 4.67 isn’t an attention grabber, his change of direction ability is on a very elite level. The diminutive pass catcher with very natural ball skills and terrific hands and timing smoked the pro-agility shuttle to the tune of 3.98, and added a 6.89 L-cone and 33-inch vertical. North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Duke are among Berrios’ early offers with more expected in the coming week and months.

    Another 2014 wide receiver that turned in a quality testing day was Chris Godwin (Middletown, Del.), Godwin checked in at 6-foot-1 3/4 and 197-pounds and clocked an impressive 4.48 40. He added a 4.31 pro-agility shuttle, 6.9 L-cone and 9-inch vertical. Among Godwin’s early offers are Boston College and Connecticut and he is getting interest from South Carolina and others.

    2014 OLs stand out

    The offensive line prospect everyone in attendance was waiting to see was Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./South). Well Smith checked just as expected at 6-foot-6 ¼ and 285-pounds. The uber-flexible Smith tested pretty well too clocking a 5.12 40, 4.65 pro-agility shuttle and 35 1/2 –inch vertical. Smith, who has shorter arms than ideally are desired at tackle, threw up a combine best 39 reps of 185-pounds on the bench press. In one-on-one’s, Smith struggled a bit in space on the edge. Whether he plays guard, which is where we project him, or tackle, he will be flat back road-grater in the run game with the ability to pull. Smith has verbal offers from nearly every top program in the country.

    Another guard prospect that turned in a solid testing day was Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab). Brumfield, who has early offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU and Texas A&M among others, checked in at 6-foot-2 ¾ and 268-pounds. He recorded a 5.07 40, an impressive 4.6 pro-agility shuttle, a 32.5-inch vertical and threw up 23 reps of 185-pounds on the bench.

    Two of the biggest prospects (size-wise) on hand were Orlando Brown Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) and Denzel Ward (Chicago, Il./Hales Franciscan). Brown came it at 6-foot-7 ½ and 345-pounds and had the look of an improving prospect in one-on-one’s. His tenacity and attitude are certainly evident, and now it’s just a matter of physical and technical development. Brown, who is a high-ceiling prospect, claims verbal offers from many of the nations top programs. Ward also came in at 6-foot-7 ½, but weighed 295-pounds with a frame that has scary long-term potential. The Michigan commitment, who recently visit Florida and was offered, is very quick for his size in his initial movement and has the baseline skill set to develop into an elite tackle prospect.


    -Class of 2014 tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Christian) came in at 6-foot-4 ½ and 223-pounds. He clocked a 5.01 40, and impressive 4.56 pro agility shuttle, 7.32 L-cone and 33 ½- inch vertical.

    -Florida 2014 wide receiver commitment Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) came in 6-foot-2 1/2, 178. He ran a 4.72 40, 4.55 pro-agility shuttle, 7.27 L-cone and 26 ½ inch verticaa.

    -Class of 2014 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee) measured 6-foot-1 ¾ and 230-pounds. The athletic and active edge prospect recorded a 40 time of 4.78 to go with a pro-agility shuttle of 4.59 and 7.0 L-cone. He also posted an impressive 33-vertical.

    -Class of 2014 running back Adam Choice (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) checked in at 5-foot-8 3/4 and 196-pounds. He clocked a 4.56 forty, 4.35 pro-agility shuttle 6.99 L-cone, 33-inch vertical and an impressive 25 reps of 185-pounds on the bench press. Georgia and Georgia Tech are among Choice’s early offers.

    -Five-star inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) measured 6-foot-1 3/4 and 243-pounds. He recorded a 4.46 shuttle time, 7.35 L-cone and 27-inch vertical.

    -Class of 2014 four-star quarterback Andrew Ford (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) check in at 6-foot-2, 181-pounds and ripped off an impressive 4.55 40 to go with a 4.71 shuttle, 7.3 L-cone and 27-inch vertical. He spun the ball as well as any signal caller on hand Friday.

    -Defensive tackle Josh Frazier (Springdale, Ar./Har-Ber) was one of the more physical imposing prospects on hand. He came in at 6-foot-2.75 and 336-pounds and ran a 4.9 shuttle and threw up 23 reps of 185-pounds on the bench press.

    -Class of 2014 offensive tackle prospect Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic) checked in a 6-foot-4 and 274-pounds. He ran an uber-impressive 4.64 40, 5.08 shuttle and recorded 20 reps of 185-pounds on the bench press.

    -Wide receiver Adonis Jennings (Haddonfield, NJ/Timber Creek) measured 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds. He clocked a 4.73 40, 4.28 shuttle, 7.11 L-cone and 28-inch vertical.

    -Outside linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) checked in at 6-foot-3 ¾ and 203-pounds. He clocked a 4.76 40, a very impressive 4.19 shuttle, 6.94 L-cone and 33 ½ inch vertical.

    -Class of 2015 quarterback Michael O’Connor (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor School) measured 6-foot-4 ¼ and 213-pounds.

    -Class of 2014 quarterback Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) came in at 6-foot-3, 197-pounds and ran a 4.98 40, 4.47 shuttle, 7.1 L-cone and jumped 25-inches. North Carolina and N.C. State are among Park’s early offers.

    -Miami class of 2014 wide receiver commitment Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) checked in a 6-foot-0, 177-pounds and ran a 4.6 forty, 4.2 shuttle, an impressive 6.85 L-cone and leaped 31-inches.

    -Class of 2014 outside linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga.) measured 6-foot-0 ¾ and 207-pounds and clocked a 4.83 forty. He also recorded a 4.51 pro-agility shuttle, 7.05 L-cone and 28 ½ inch vertical.

    -Wide receiver Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside) checked in at 6-foot-2 ¼ and 181-pounds and clocked a 4.54 shuttle and 7.11 L-cone. Among Thompson’s early offers are Clemson, Florida and Ohio State.

    -Class of 2014 tight end Jacory Washington (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) measured 6-foot-4 ¼ and 211-pounds. He ran a 4.8 forty, 4.51 shuttle, 7.0 L-cone and leaped 27-inches.

    -Class of 2014 wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Oh.) measured 6-foot-0 ¼ and 175-pounds and ran an impressive 4.55 40. He also added a 4.31 shuttle, 7.0 L-cone and 29 ½ inch verticAla. Ohio State is the leader over Notre Dame.

    -Class of 2014 linebacker Kenny Young (New Orleans, La./John Curtis) came in at 6-foot-0 ¼ and 205-pounds. He ran a 4.79 forty, 4.53 shuttle, an impressive 6.98 L-cone and a 27 ½ inch verticAla.

    -Running back Johnathan Thomas (Peabody, Mass./St. John’s Prep) came in at 5-foot-10 ½, 196-pounds and ripped off an impressive 4.47 40. He added a 4.36 shuttle, 7.12 L-cone and 31-inch vertical for one of the days best in the testing portion. Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered with Penn State likely the next to follow suit.

    -Athlete Evan Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) measured 5-foot-11, 194-pounds and clocked a 4.56 forty, 7.33 L-cone and 34 ½ inch vertical. He is the younger brother of NFL safety Eric Berry.

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    Recruiting never stops. Recruiting never slows down. In fact, recruiting is just speeding up as time goes by.

    So just a day removed from National Signing Day for the 2013 class, plans are already being made for signing day for the Class of 2014. Four prospects have already made their plans to sign with the Irish a year from now as linebacker Greer Martini, receiver Justin Brent, offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne and defensive lineman Jay Hayes have all made verbal commitments to Notre Dame.

    The Irish are already in great position with several other 2014 prospects. This is a look at some of those prospects. Remember, it’s still very early for most of these players. These aren’t predictions that these guys will end up committing to Notre Dame, but just a snapshot of some of the prospects the Irish have made strong early impressions on.

    DE Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, N.J./Northern Valley): The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder grew up a Notre Dame fan and traveled to South Bend for last summer’s camp with the clear intention of securing an offer from the Irish. He accomplished that mission, but stayed true to his promise of taking this slow. Trumbetti (pictured) also has offers from Michigan State, Purdue, Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers and Boston College and is receiving interest from schools like Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Penn State and USC. Still, the Irish remain as his clear leader. He’s hoping to make a few more trips in the coming months and already has one scheduled to South Bend for the Irish's Junior Day on March 23rd. He's excited to show his mother the campus, something he wants to do before he makes a decision. He could make a decision relatively soon, but Trumbetti still wants to make sure he isn’t rushing things.

    OT Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic): Few prospects in the Class of 2014 are craving an offer from the Irish as much as this 6-foot-6, 270-pounder. Gibbons has never been shy when speaking of his affection for Notre Dame and has already made multiple trips to South Bend on his own dime. He’s also put together a very impressive offer sheet with close to 30 offers from schools like Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Miami, Clemson, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Virginia. An offer from the Irish would definitely change Gibbons’ recruitment and could possibly end it.

    LB Greg Miclisse (Palm, Fla./Bayside): Another Florida prospect relishing an offer from Notre Dame. Unlike Gibbons, the 6-foot-1, 235-pounder has never been to South Bend, but he’s just as much a fan of the Irish and is already planning a trip this summer. Miclisse has seen his recruitment take a steady rise over the last few months as sincere interest from schools like South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Cincinnati among others has turned into offers while interest from top programs like Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and others has picked up. Like Gibbons, an offer from Notre Dame would have a huge impact on Miclisse’s process and possibly bring it to an end.

    WR Corey Holmes (Pembroke Pines, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas): South Bend was added to the summer itinerary at the request of his father and the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Holmes is extremely excited it was. Holmes was impressed enough to return to Notre Dame for the Irish’s game against Michigan in September, when he landed an offer from the Irish. He’s continued to add offers to list that includes Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Wisconsin among others, but the Irish remain right near the top. Tony Alford is in contact with Holmes virtually on a daily basis. Holmes doesn’t plan to decide until he takes all of his official visits, but says Notre Dame will definitely get one.

    OL Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Good Counsel): The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder took his first visit to Notre Dame last month and was blown away. He was hoping to land an offer from the Irish and did. Mustipher also has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Clemson, Pittsburgh and West Virginia among several others. He was especially intrigued by Notre Dame’s tradition and is planning on returning this spring to show his mother and brother. Before the visit, he said he was planning to wait until he took all of his officials to decide, but afterward said he’d definitely take an official to Notre Dame if he hadn’t decided by then already.

    ATH Tommy Mister (Oak Lawn, Ill./St. Rita): The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder had Notre Dame as his top school early in the process and was even close to pulling the trigger last fall. He didn’t and he’s taking the process slower now as he looks to add offers to his current list of Notre Dame, Illinois, Indiana and Ball State. The Irish offered Mister as an athlete and he actually moved from quarterback to running back during his junior season.

    DE Enoch Smith (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel): The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder has eight offers from schools like Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Purdue, and Illinois. He’s had Notre Dame at the top of his list since landing the offer at the Irish’s camp last summer because of the blend of athletics and academics. Smith has paid attention to the development of Notre Dame’s young defensive linemen. He’s not in a rush, but hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

    TE Nic Weishar (Midlothian, Ill./Marist): The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has more than 15 offers from programs like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ohio State, Arkansas and Northwestern. He’s not looking to rush into his decision and Notre Dame is one of the schools he’s seriously considering. He’s been to South Bend a handful of times already, but he does have some family ties to Northwestern.

    QB Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian): Notre Dame has had the attention of the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder since extending a scholarship last spring. It was Dawkins’ first offer and still the only one Notre Dame has given out this cycle. Dawkins also has an offer from Utah now and is hearing from programs like Alabama, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Cal and Washington among others. He took a trip to South Bend last fall and left saying the Irish couldn’t be higher on his list. He still feels the same way and has already penciled in Notre Dame as his only definite official visit.

    RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic): The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has been on Notre Dame’s radar since the Irish were recruiting his former teammate, Mark Harrell, in the 2012 cycle. Hood landed an offer from Notre Dame in December and the Irish were immediately in his top five along with Ohio State, North Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech. Having Harrell on campus will definitely increase the comfort factor for Hood, who is hoping to catch a practice this spring in South Bend.

    LB Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra): Another Florida prospect Tony Alford has taken a huge interest in. Alford has expressed a desire to get Bates to campus for a spring visit that would allow for extended individual time and the junior linebacker is looking forward to making that happen. He already has offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Virginia among others. Bates is the son of former Tennessee and Dallas Cowboy standout Bill Bates. The Volunteers figure to be in the race for a while along with the Buckeyes.

    OL Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake): The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder is one of the most sought-after linemen this cycle. He already has offers from schools like Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford and USC. He’s already visited Notre Dame twice and is looking into getting back again. We’ve been told that Notre Dame and Michigan are two schools near the top of Cole’s list at this point, so location probably won’t be a huge factor.

    WR Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain): The Irish have clearly made the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder a priority, having made more stops at Desert Mountain than any other program. Brian Kelly even made an appearance at the school last month. Andrews may have the size of a tight end, but he has the skills of a receiver and that’s what he wants to play college. That’s fine with Notre Dame. He already has offers from the Irish, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Virginia and Washington State among others. He’s planning to make a trip to South Bend this spring, but Andrews is in no rush to make a decision.

    TE Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian): The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder isn’t looking to let the recruiting process play out very long and has already narrowed things down. He’s down to six schools, Notre Dame, Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Alabama and he’s planning to make a decision before the start of his senior season. Blazevich has a brother at Clemson and the draw to play in the SEC will also be strong, but Notre Dame will have a chance. He goes to the same high school as Matthias Farley and has been told great things about Notre Dame. Blazevich is going to be at Notre Dame’s Junior Day next month and will likely find that he’d fit in great with the current players in the program.

    DE Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagle’s Landing Christian): Notre Dame successfully snagged a defensive lineman from Eagle’s Landing Christian in 2013 in Isaac Rochell and now the Irish will try to parlay that into another score. Rochell’s commitment has already helped as Williams has joined his former teammate in South Bend twice. Williams is already over 30 offers that include the Irish, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington, and Wisconsin just to name a few. Williams has already said Notre Dame is one of his top schools.
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    The second annual 247Sports All-American team for the Class of 2014 features many of the top college prospects and high school football players in the country from the 2012 season.

    The state of Virginia leads the way with three first-team selections, followed by California, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan and Texas with two each. Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee also are represented on the first team.

    The 247Sports All-American teams are distinctly different from the 247Sports prospect rankings. The teams are based on two main criteria- production on the high school football field and college projections. The rankings are long-term projections for prospects based on highest possible ceiling and upside.

    “The All-American team is a combination of highly thought of prospects and players who turned in terrific seasons on the field,” 247Sports Director of Scouting Gerry Hamilton said. “It’s a nice blend of the cream of the crop prospects that were productive and a few prospect not as heavily recruited that turned in sensational campaigns. The difference with the All-American team, and the 247Sports prospect rankings is the rankings are a long term projection of prospects with player development and continued ascension being the key.”

    There are 10 repeat first-team selections from the 2012 Class of 2014 All-American team, including Leonard Fournette, Da’Shawn Hand, Damian Prince, Cameron Robinson, Andrew Brown, Raekwon McMillian, Jabrill Peppers, Marlon Humphrey and Quin Blanding.

    Class of 2014 All-Americans

    QB- Will Grier, Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day

    The strong-armed 6-foot-3, 180-pound Grier, who recently committed to the Florida Gators, had a memorable junior season to say the least. When it was over, he not only had led his program to a state title in North Carolina, but completed 324-of-414 pass attempts for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns -- with only six interceptions. Grier added another 813 yards on the ground. On Nov. 9, Grier set a national single-game mark with 837 passing yards on a Friday night he isn't likely to forget anytime soon. In a state filled with talented prospects, Grier was named Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina. Grier spins the ball extremely well and can make all the throws. Additionally, he's an athletic quarterback that can pass on the run, use his feet to escape the rush or contribute in the game. Grier is the No. 77 prospect in the 247Composite.

    RB- Leonard Fournette, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine

    The legend of Leonard has been building since he dominated the varsity level as a true freshmen. Even at 15, he looked college ready but Fournette has proven over the following two years that he’s no flash in the pan. As a junior, Fournette rushed for 2,136 yards and 31 touchdowns. He had three more touchdowns and 313 yards receiving. With LSU, Alabama and the rest of the country giving chase on the recruiting trail, Fournette could end his high school career as one of the best high school backs Louisiana has ever seen.

    RB- Jalen Hurd, Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech

    As a sophomore, Hurd was a big versatile athlete that had the look of a safety, wide receiver, linebacker and maybe a running back. As a junior, Hurd took on the burden of proof and removed any doubt that he’s a running back all the way. In 2012, the 6-2, 205-pounder led his team to a 15-0 record and a state championship. Along the way he rushed for a state record of 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns. Hurd’s closing act as a junior was a 394-yard, seven-touchdown performance in the state championship game. Florida, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee are currently listed among Hurd’s favorites.

    WR- KD Cannon, Mount Pleasant (Texas) High

    Despite his team only playing 11 games after being upset in the first round of the playoffs, the 6-foot, 158-pound junior recorded an astounding 102 receptions for 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. Cannon is not necessarily the biggest or fastest wide receiver but he runs great routes and finds ways to get open on the field. He was consistently able to get behind the secondary all year. Already invited to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s No. 45 overall prospect was named a first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press. Cannon, who holds offers from coast to coast, has yet to name a top group of schools but consistently mentions Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

    WR- Drake Harris, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian

    The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian standout became the first receiver in state history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark, finishing the season with 91 receptions for 2,015 yards and 25 touchdowns. In the state championship, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Harris caught eight passes for a finals record 243 yards and a touchdown in winning all the marbles. Harris committed to Michigan State to play both football and basketball back in June, however, he recently decided to focus on just the gridiron when he gets to the next level. With that, Harris has reopened his recruitment, and besides the Spartans, he is also considering offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Harris is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 6 receiver and No. 56 prospect overall by the 247Composite.

    TE- Tyler Luatua, Lamirada (Calif.) High

    Though he’s listed as a tight end for our purposes, Luatua can make plays all over the football field and is an early favorite as one of the top players in California for 2014. During his junior season, Luatua caught 43 passes for 594 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively he added 46 tackles and five sacks, all while leading his team to an impressive 9-2 campaign. Luatua is the younger brother of 2011 Alabama signee Isaac Luatua and has USC and Alabama near the top of his list.

    OL- Kc McDermott, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central

    McDermott already has double-digit offers, and they've come from many of college football's most storied programs [at this point, some believe Miami is the one to beat]. The 6-feet-6, 285-pounder has the prototypical offensive tackle body, and the skills to go with it. He's currently the No. 24 overall prospect in the Composite rankings. Additionally, he is No. 2 among offensive tackles and No. 2 among Floridians in his class. After a solid 2012 season, McDermott was named Class 8A all-state. He already has accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. McDermott is a well-rounded blocker that utilizes excellent technique and a terrific punch to neutralize many of his opponents.

    OL- Cameron Robinson, West Monroe (La.) High

    The five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 6 overall player in the class of 2014 made a huge splash at West Monroe after transferring from nearby Ouachita Parish just prior to the start of the season. Robinson helped the Rebels to a 12-3 record and the Class 5A state semifinals. Robinson was named a first-team all-state pick by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association as he anchored a talented West Monroe line. A known name in recruiting circles for quite some time, the 6-foot-6, 330-pound tackle has compiled offers from nearly every school in the country. As has been the case with many of the top prospects in the state of Louisiana as of late, Alabama and LSU are the two primary teams battling for his services.

    OL- Damian Prince, District Heights (Md.) Bishop McNamara

    The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Prince is dominant as both a pass blocker and run blocker and had close to 50 pancake blocks this season for his high school team. He was an All-Met selection by the Washington Post and his scholarship offer count reached double digits long ago.

    OL- Braden Smith, Olathe (Kan.) South

    One of the more physically impressive offensive linemen in the nation on the hoof, Smith is the state of Kansas' highest-ranked prospect in several cycles. The 6-foot-6, 282-pounder helped Olathe South to a state championship as a sophomore and followed that up with a solid junior campaign. Smith rarely comes off the field for the Falcons, being the basis for the run game in their wing-t offense in addition to playing defensive tackle, where he tallied 26 tackles, and 3 sacks in 2012. The 247Composite five-star holds over 15 offers and has yet to name top schools, but Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M are among the programs thought to be in the best position heading into offseason visits.

    OL- Roderick Taylor, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway

    Taylor has several key traits desirable in an offensive guard- he's athletic, strong, has outstanding feet, and possesses a surly disposition. The 6-foot-3.5, 305-pounder plays tackle for Callaway excelling in both pass protection and getting to the second level as a run blocker. Taylor will move inside at the next level and has three offers from SEC west programs - Alabama, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State- with the tenders coming after performing each team's respective camp. Despite keeping a low profile, it is thought that Alabama is the early leader for Taylor's services.

    DE- Lorenzo Carter, Norcross (Ga.) High

    A five-star prospect, the No. 1 overall weak-side defensive end in the country, and the No. 1 player in Georgia for 2014, Carter is No. 113 in the 247Composite. He is blessed with an NFL-type of frame with which to work. Carter, who also is a standout basketball player, is every bit of 6-feet-6, 232 pounds and he might not be done growing. His greatest football assets are his first step, he surprising strength, his reach [which he uses extremely well to his advantage] and his relentlessness. Carter, who is known for going hard every snap, recorded136 tackles, 45 tackles for loss and 17 sacks in 2012 while leading his team to an unbeaten season. Not surprisingly, he was a first-team all-state pick. At this point, he is wide open in his recruitment.

    DE- Da’Shawn Hand, Woodbridge (Va.) High

    Hand, the consensus top prospect in the 2014 class, had a huge season on the field, piling up 78 tackles and 16 sacks while constantly facing double and triple teams. He was named All-Met by the Washington Post and is a fixture on most All-American teams. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder also wrestles and is a state contender in his weight class. His most recent top five out of more than 60 offers consisted of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

    DT- Andrew Brown, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith

    Brown is an extremely impressive defensive tackle that is ranked as the No. 9 prospect for 2014 in the 247Composite and No. 1 player at his position. The 6-feet-4, 282-pounder was simply dominant at times in 2012, and ultimately was a USA Today first-team All-American. Brown finished with 82 tackles, including 12 for loss, and forced four fumbles despite facing constant double and triple teams each and every week. There are college staffs that have him No. 1 on their defensive board. Brown isn't just big, he's extremely athletic and cerebral. He utilizes an excellent first step, gets great leverage, knows how to get skinny in space and is masterful at using his hands to keep offensive linemen from getting a body on him. Brown is approaching three dozen offers.

    DT- Malik McDowell, Detroit (Mich.) Loyola

    Helped lead Detroit (Mich.) Loyola to an appearance in the state championship game this past fall, registering 63 tackles and 15 sacks while also playing offensive tackle. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound McDowell can play across the defensive front, and it’s easy to see why he holds early offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin. McDowell is ranked by the 247Composite as the country’s No. 2 strong-side defensive end and No. 15 prospect overall.

    LB- Raekwon McMillan, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County

    Simply put, McMillan is a playmaking machine. In 2012, he recorded 155 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five forced fumbles. A year earlier, he had 16 tackles for loss. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound McMillan is one of the biggest and most physical linebackers in the country. He's currently the No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 22 overall prospect in the 247Composite rankings. McMillan not only was named first-team All-State in Georgia, but was the Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year. McMillan, who currently has Ohio State in front with Clemson next, has excellent speed and quickness for his size. He's a true sideline-to-sideline player. Additionally, he possesses a stout power base, which gives him great strength to apply massive and forceful hits.

    LB- Christian Miller, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley

    The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Miller had an All-State season at Spring Valley High, pilling up 121 tackles, including 21 for loss and 14 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and had three fumble recoveries. On the recruiting trail, both Alabama and Florida recently the offered the son of former New York Giants linebacker Corey Miller. Both believe he’s an outstanding fit in their defensive scheme. Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and a host of other programs also have offered.

    LB- Nyles Morgan, Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee

    Registered 118 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in Crete (Ill.) Monee’s run to an undefeated season and state championship. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Morgan made all the defensive calls as well. Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 53 prospect overall, Morgan has racked up early scholarships from places such as Arizona State, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

    S- Quin Blanding, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside

    A dominating player a la Washington freshman safety Shaq Thompson. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Blanding racked up 111 tackles and five interceptions from his safety spot, while adding another 55 receptions for 1,035 yards and six touchdowns on offense. No surprise Blanding had such a great year after dominating during the summer at several camps and 7-on-7s including The Opening among many of the country’s top 2013 prospects. Blanding is a complete safety that can come up and tackle just as well as he can cover. Virginia is the early team to beat over offers from North Carolina and Clemson. Blanding has offers from just about every major program in the country. He is billed by the 247Composite as the country’s top safety and No. 15 prospect overall.

    S- Jabrill Peppers, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic

    The Paramus (N.J.) Catholic standout has dominated New Jersey High School football upon his arrival three years ago and this past fall was no different. In leading his team to a state championship, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers moved from cornerback to safety and posted 80 tackles and four interceptions. On offense he added 1,552 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on just 172 carries. Peppers also caught five touchdown passes. Stanford and Ohio State are the early leaders for Peppers, with Michigan and Notre Dame rounding out the top four. He is ranked by the 247Composite as the country’s top athlete and No. 7 prospect overall.

    CB- Marlon Humphrey, Birmingham (Ala.) Hoover

    The son of a former Alabama all-American running back and playing at one of the nation's top high school programs, Humphrey's pedigree is undeniable. As a junior, Humphrey helped Hoover to a 15-0 record and class 6A state title. Despite being rarely tested through the air, he finished the year with over 30 tackles, 4 interceptions, 15 pass breakups, 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns (averaging 40 yards per return), and 2 blocked punts. Doubling as one of the nation's top hurdlers, Humphrey's high-end athleticism, 6-foot-1 size, and cover skills make him one of the very best cornerback prospects in high school football, regardless of class. Ranked no. 4 overall by the 247Composite, Humphrey holds an early top three of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina.

    CB- Edward Paris, Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview

    The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior is huge for a high school cornerback but he plays the position exceptionally well. A five-star prospect, Paris recorded seven interceptions on the season, returning two of them for touchdowns. He has 17 interceptions for his career heading into his senior year. He also tallied 37 tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was named a first-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Associated Press and has already accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A Louisiana native, the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect is expected to make his commitment on Mar. 29 and will choose between the likes of Florida, LSU, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M.

    ATH- John Smith, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

    His name is common and there’s nothing abnormal about his high school pumping out college prospects, Smith is unique. The five-star safety out of the class of 2014 has become a dominant figure in southern California on both the offensive and the defensive side of the ball. He contributed to a strong late-season run for Long Beach Poly but compiling 49 catches for 752 yards and nine touchdowns while chipping in 51 tackles and six interceptions on defense. Smith has a slew of west coast offers early on but he should be able to pick his college nationally.

    ATH- Nathan Starks, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

    Already with offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona, Starks was the best player on one of the best teams in the country in 2012. Offensively the 5-11, 200-pounder contributed over 1,800 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns but he impacted games in the pass game, the return game and even on defense with an interception in one of his team’s biggest wins of the years. Starks is just a football player who knows how to win.

    Second Team

    QB- Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)
    QB- Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe)
    QB- Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner)
    QB- David Cornwell (Norman Okla./North)

    RB- Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.)
    RB- Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Catholic)
    RB- Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala.)
    RB- Sony Michel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage)
    RB- Justin Jackson (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North)

    WR- Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe)
    WR- Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La./John Curtis)
    WR- Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla.)
    WR- Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./ Desert Mountain)
    WR- Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek)

    TE- Jacory Washington (Westlake, La.)
    TE- Nic Weishar (Chicago, Ill./Marist)

    OL- Jamarco Jones (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle)
    OL- Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)
    OL- Mason Cole (Tarpn Springs, Fla./East Lake)
    OL- Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab)
    OL- Andy Bauer (Saint Louis, Mo./DeSmet)

    DE- Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas)
    DE- Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor)
    DE- Justin Thornton (Mobile, Ala./Vigor)

    DT- Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside)
    DT- Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes)
    DT- Gerald Willis (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr)

    LB- Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
    LB- Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill.)
    LB- Michael Ferns (Saint Clairsville, Ohio)
    LB- Zach Whitley (Houston, Texas/Northshore)
    LB- Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calf./Junipero Serra)

    CB- Nick Harvey (Lancaster, Texas)
    CB- Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech)
    CB- Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy)
    CB- Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)

    S- Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)
    S- Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville)
    S- Jamal Adams (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron)

    ATH- Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C.)
    ATH- Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla./Central)
    ATH- Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr)
    ATH- Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer)

    Many ND verbal offers..........
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    Each year the Irish fight uphill to land the best defensive linemen. Few of the top defensive linemen come from cold weather states, and when they do it’s often Ohio defensive line prospects, where the Buckeyes rule the roost. This year presents a rare opportunity for Notre Dame.

    With Jay Hayes, a highly touted defensive end prospect from Brooklyn already in the fold, Notre Dame started well. Now Notre Dame needs to land at least three more hand in the dirt front seven defenders with as much, if not more, talent. Not an easy task, but the stars appear to be aligning for Notre Dame. Here’s why.

    New Jersey occasionally sends great players to Notre Dame. Notre Dame does not battle against weather concerns, there’s not a dominant in-state program, and many of the young men actually grow up rooting for Notre Dame. Enter Andrew Trumbetti. The 6-5, 250-pound defensive end appears to be leaning heavily to Notre Dame. Assuming his next unofficial visit to Notre Dame goes well, Irish fans should expect a commitment from Trumbetti to Notre Dame during or shortly after his South Bend. While many recruiting fans do not know much about Trumbetti, after his junior highlight video makes the rounds they soon will. He’s a tremendous prospect that rushes the passer as well as he plays the run. Even better news, Trumbetti is not the only northern defensive line prospect still on the board that Notre Dame holds a good chance to sign.

    When Notre Dame recruits the state of Michigan one prime question needs to be asked before anything else. Did the recruit(s) in question grow up a Michigan fan? If the answer ends up being yes, well, the chances for Notre Dame signing that player tend to be quite low. With Malik McDowell, however, it appears that Notre Dame will battle Michigan State more than Michigan for his services. At least that’s the initial feeling about McDowell. He’s a 290-pound athlete in a big-man’s body. From a frame perspective, McDowell resembles Stephon Tuitt, although he’s probably not as physically mature at this stage of his life. Notre Dame will battle the two in-state programs for McDowell, and then there’s an old nemesis as well. Ohio State continues to ardently recruit McDowell, and the Buckeyes should not be counted out. Moving to Chicago, there will be defensive line options for the Irish as well.

    The top target for the Irish will be Enoch Smith. With a rare amount of natural strength, Smith could be a future nose guard for the Irish. At 6-3, 265-pounds, Smith possesses plenty of room to grow. Notre Dame became the first major program to offer Smith, but will not be the last. Hopefully Smith makes his pledge to Notre Dame before making unofficial visits to other programs. He does appear to be a prime candidate to commit to Notre Dame before the end of spring practice. Another Illinois prospect recently began to emerge for Notre Dame.

    Dylan Thompson provides the size at 6-5, 270-pounds to play in Notre Dame’s 3-4 defense, and he’s visiting Notre Dame in April according to ISD’s Christian McCollum. Ohio State recently offered and should be considered a major player for his services. Illinois also offered. Will Notre Dame extend an offer to stay in the race? This recruitment should be quite interesting for Notre Dame, and it leads to the overall prevailing thought.

    Notre Dame needs four (if not five) really good to great defensive linemen within this class, and that does not count the CAT position (Prince Shembo’s position). If the Irish hope to defeat Alabama, that’s the type of recruiting necessary to win national championships. Signing three, perhaps even four defensive linemen from cold weather states would be a blessing. It’s just difficult to continually land Dixie’s best defensive linemen without any help from up North. This year appears to be the year Notre Dame finds itself in excellent position to cherry pick a top defensive lineman from states such as Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina instead of needing to sign multiple studs from those same states. With that said, Notre Dame will still need to land one or two from down South, but that’s better than four or more from down South. Finally, a few names to remember from Dixie that Notre Dame will likely pursue or already began to pursue:

    Khairi Clark, DT, 6-3, 310, Hollywood, FL (Chaminade Madonna)

    Gerald Willis III, DE, 6-3, 260, New Orleans, LA (Edna Karr)

    Dontavius Russell, DT, 6-3, 300, Carrollton, GA

    Dexter Wideman, DT, 6-3, 275, Saluda, SC
    All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract themfrom achieving their aims.

    - Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach

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    These guys on the DL for 2014 would make a ridiculously awesome class:

    Malik McDowell- Detroit, Michigan (Loyola)

    6'7" 290 pounds
    4-star, No. 2 SDE, No. 1 Michigan, No. 25 USA
    Composite: No. 2 SDE

    Visited Notre Dame during the summer of '12 and saw the Irish beat MSU in East Lansing. The team to beat is Michigan with Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ohio State, and a couple others in the mix. His parents really like what ND has to offer and are making a strong move.

    Enoch Smith, Jr.- Chicago, Illinois (Mount Carmel)

    6'3" 270 pounds
    4-star, No. 19 DT, No. 9 IL
    Composite: No. 27 DT

    Offered by Notre Dame after camping back in June. Also saw the Irish play in Chicago against Miami. Not a great offer list right now, but the Irish are way out ahead as his leader.

    Andrew Trumbetti- Demarest, New Jersey (N Valley Reg H Demarest)

    6'5" 250 pounds
    4-star, No. 6 SDE, No. 7 NJ, No. 101 USA
    Composite: No. 6 SDE

    Has called Notre Dame his dream school and the Irish are way out front as his early leader. He hasn't picked up many offers yet.

    Andrew Williams- McDonough, Georgia (Eagle's Landing Christian)

    6'4" 231 pounds
    4-star, No. 11 WDE, No. 19 GA, No. 191 USA
    Composite: No. 12 WDE

    Same school as Isaac Rochell and visited Notre Dame in September. Has a great offer list and is a top target on the defensive line for Irish coaches. No leaders at this point.

    Go get coaching staff!

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