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    Quote Originally Posted by JDriveSthND View Post
    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!

    Technically, Notre Dame is recruiting Williams for the Cat OLB position (yes, the Cat sometimes plays with a hand on the ground). ND might be considered the leader for the bottom 3 at the moment, and in the mix for McDowell. Along with Hayes, this would be a great DL/Cat class.
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    Andrew has recently stated ND likes him at OLB. A hybrid like Shembo.

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    http://notredame.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1473537 (free with video highlights).......

    It wasn't long ago that running back was the glamour position across all levels on the football field.

    In the last decade, the NFL has become a passing league and college football has grown increasingly enamored of the spread and zone-read offenses. The transitions have left high school football as one of the last frontiers in which carrying the football is a place for alpha dogs.

    The last two classes in particular have shown that running the ball still holds prime value, and there is a thought that it may usher in the reinvention of big running backs.

    The recently signed class of 2013 had six running backs ranked inside the top 36 of the Rivals100. The first iteration of the industry standard for rankings of the class of 2014 features seven players inside the top 30 who run the ball on a regular basis.

    Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said he is seeing two trends on a collision course.

    "These last few classes in particular have been really strong at the running back position, and even as college football and the NFL go to tandems and specialists in the backfield there are more and more kids who can run, block, and catch passes," he said. "Honestly, I think there is something to the idea that the devaluing of the position has become a motivational factor for these kids. They don't want to come off the field and are working hard to be more complete players."

    Derrick Green finished the class of 2013 evaluation period at No. 8 in the national rankings and signed with Michigan. Hailing from Richmond (Va.) Bayside, he was measured at 6-foot and 220 pounds, making him the nearest elite-level back to prototypical size for today's game.

    In the last 20 years of professional football, the average height and weight of the top 10 rushing-yardage gainers each season were 5-foot-11 and 217 pounds.

    Behind Green in the 2013 rankings were more tall running backs.

    Thomas Tyner of Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha was listed at 6-foot and ranked No. 17. Ty Isaac from Joliet (Ill.) Catholic towered at 6-foot-3 and was ranked No. 27. Derrick Henry left high school as the nation's all-time leading rusher out of Yulee (Fla.) High and was measured at 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds. He was ranked No. 36 overall.

    The class of 2014 is no different.

    Top-ranked back Leonard Fournette of New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine is listed at 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds. Jalen Hurd of Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech was measured at 6-foot-3 and ranked No. 15. Just behind Hurd at No. 17 is Bo Scarbrough, who hails from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge and will enter his senior year at 6-foot-2.

    Farrell said this move to bigger backs is somewhat surprising.

    "Traditionally, these are guys who would have been looked at as too tall and too long," he said. "They would be guys who people would say can't get low enough or running too upright makes them an injury risk, but each has shown to be better than conventional football wisdom says he should be.

    "Guys like Hurd, Isaac and Henry are just very good running backs, and even though they are tall they are running backs.

    "I don't think Isaac could move to another position," Farrell said. "And I don't think Henry has the mentality to slide to defense. Hurd is an athletic player, but I don't see a need for him to consider a move, either, even if he is capable of doing so."

    One of the most successful big running backs on the professional level was Brandon Jacobs.

    A free agent after playing in a limited capacity with San Francisco in 2012, Jacobs had multiple 1,000-yard seasons as a 6-foot-4 back for the New York Giants.

    Farrell said Jacobs' height was an NFL anomaly but he may have helped with the current status of backs.

    "Brandon was the tallest kid I have dealt with in high school who I thought could be a running back at the next level," he said. "It is rare -- and still is because we are really talking about guys who are the exception -- but these are players who can get it done at the next level even if being 6-foot and under is still ideal."

    Fournette said he doesn't worry about what the measurements say; his goals are unchanged.

    "I want to be the best player ever to come from Louisiana," he told Rivals.com. "My coaches and parents insist that I don't have anything to prove, but I won't be satisfied until I am the best."

    Fournette enters his senior year with 5,828 yards and 72 touchdowns, and he is coming off a season in which he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state. Reaching the all-time marks for the state is certainly within his reach.

    The No. 3 player in the Rivals100 figures to be one of the most heavily recruited players in the country, and he said he has been given a wink and a nod by LSU coach Les Miles.

    After LSU did not sign a back in the class of 2013, Fournette said he believed Miles was talking directly to him when he said that this upcoming class was in need of a great back who has speed, power and ball skills.

    "They're waiting on me," Fournette told Rivals.com.

    "I take that as a compliment."

    Farrell said the ultimate compliment is that, despite the change in philosophy at the next level, these players are staying true to themselves.

    "High school football is about keeping the ball in your best player's hands," he said. "We saw a time when that was guys like Percy Harvin and Derrick Williams and sometimes it is a dual-threat quarterback like Vince Young or Terrelle Pryor, but right now it is these guys.

    "Players like (No. 2-ranked) Jabrill Peppers, Hurd, Scarbrough, and Fournette are so talented that you want the ball in their hands 40 times a game if they can handle it. Their size makes them physically able to take it, and the physical gifts make them stand out for rankings purposes."

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    Notre Dame football recruiting: Looking ahead to 2014 class



    By BOB WIENEKE - Follow me @bobwienekeNDI
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    7:10 p.m. EST, February 20, 2013

    The buzz of signing day is long gone. Overzealous anticipation for spring football isn't here -- yet.

    So what is there to do during a fan's version of a dead period? Play fantasy football of sorts, crunching the numbers to figure out the possible composition of Notre Dame's recruiting class of 2014.

    First, though, some simple mathematics must be performed to arrive at a target number, and that involves a calculator and some hypothesizing.

    Sixty-two scholarships for the 2014 roster are currently allocated. That includes the 24 players who signed earlier this month, 16 players who will be juniors in 2014 and 22 seniors. That leaves Irish coach Brian Kelly with 23 scholarships remaining toward the 85-player limit.

    It's not quite that simple, though. Not factored in are the players who will be eligible for a fifth year in 2014. As of now, 11 players who signed in 2010 retain that option.

    One of those, offensive tackle Tate Nichols, could go on a medical hardship scholarship. The other 10 are quarterback Andrew Hendrix, offensive linemen Bruce Heggie and Christian Lombard, wide receiver Luke Massa, tight end Alex Welch, linebackers Justin Utupo and Kendall Moore, nose guard Louis Nix, safety Austin Collinsworth and cornerback Lo Wood.

    For arguments sake, let's say five of those players are granted a fifth year, which would bring the number of allocated scholarships to 67. That certainly could change with a transfer or one or more of the juniors-to-be leaving early for the NFL Draft.

    And it brings us to a hypothetical number of scholarships available for the 2014 recruiting class -- 18.

    So just how are those 18 divvied up by position? This year, according to 247Sports.com national recruiting writer Steve Wiltfong, is a bit different in that there isn't a glaring need at any position like there has been in previous years under coach Brian Kelly.

    "If you look at what they've done over the last three years, they've really balanced the roster, and I think they've got it where they want it from a personnel standpoint at this point," Wiltfong said. "I think they're really pleased with where they're at at all the positions on the depth chart right now.

    "With (having) a balanced roster and having depth at every position, this recruiting class is going to be smaller and just more focused on landing difference-makers and not necessarily going after a certain position group."

    With that said, here is a position-by-position look at how the numbers could shake out, with some wiggle room to go up or down at a number of spots.

    -- Quarterback: The school of thought is that because of injuries and transfers, it's wise to take a quarterback in each class. It builds continuity and keeps a logjam from forming in one class.

    In 2014, current starter Everett Golson will be a junior eligibility-wise, Gunner Kiel will be sophomore in terms of eligibility and the already-enrolled Malik Zaire either a freshman or sophomore, depending on if he plays this year. Hendrix could be one of those fifth-year guys.

    "I don't think they're going to take a quarterback to just take a quarterback," Wiltfong said. "It's going to be a guy that either can get the job done at a high level and come in and compete with Everett and Malik and Gunner, or they're just not going to take a guy."

    -- Running back: ND signed two highly regarded backs -- Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston -- in the last cycle. Wiltfong sees another possibly on the horizon in Elijah Hood, who plays at Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic High School. The 5-foot-11, 209-pound Hood, according to 247, recently named his top five, and ND stood atop that list.

    "They're in a great spot to get him," Wiltfong said. "Unless he sees something else that attracts his interest more than Notre Dame in the near future, I think Notre Dame's clearly the team to beat."

    Look for one, maybe two players here. The value of depth at this spot can't be overstated.

    -- Wide receiver: If there's a position that could be considered a high priority in the current cycle, this could be it. No, the depth chart isn't in shambles, but there also isn't a receiver on the roster who elicits thoughts of Michael Floyd or Jeff Samardzija. At least not yet.

    TJ Jones proved all season long that he's dependable, and DaVaris Daniels adapted to the collegegame nicely in his first season of playing. Of the wide receivers, he could be the one to become a go-to guy. Sophomores-to-be Chris Brown and Davonte' Neal also figure to be significant parts of the passing game.

    Still, don't be surprised if ND adds two more players to a 2014 group that already includes Justin Brent of Speedway, Ind.

    -- Tight end: Mike Heuerman is considered a quality pass-catching option at the position, but right now his biggest challenge is to add weight, and his early enrollment certainly will help speed up that process.

    Tight end has been an important part of Kelly's ND offenses, and there needs to be continuity. It would be a surprise if the Irish sign more than one player here, unless one of the two is a player with position flexibility.

    -- Offensive line: The five-man group that recently signed was considered one of the best overall hauls in recent school history, rivaling the heralded group that signed in 2006.

    But it doesn't mean it's a position that can be ignored. Kelly said on signing day that the trenches will again be a priority, and expect it to be addressed, albeit with a little less quantity.

    ND is off to a solid start with the commitment of Jimmy Byrne, considered one of the top players in Ohio. Expect one, probably two more offensive linemen to join him in this class.

    -- Defensive line: Like offensive line, the group is off to a great start with the commitment of Jay Hayes, who, along with Eddie Vanderdoes, will likely be the foundation of the defensive line for the next few years.

    Still, with the possibility that Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt could be gone after this season, it's another important recruiting cycle at this position. Like the offensive line, expect two, probably three total players to be signed.

    "They're not stopping with just Hayes," Wiltfong said. "I don't know an exact number, but I know they're actively recruiting several defensive linemen."

    -- Linebacker: There is some wiggle room here with inside linebackers and outside backers who can drop down and rush the passer.

    There already is one commit -- Greer Martini. Again, expect one, possibly two more.

    -- Defensive back: A very good group this year, headlined by cornerback Cole Luke and safety Max Redfield, means the Irish staff doesn't have to load up on numbers and can be more selective.

    A serviceable number would be three, ideally with one corner, one safety and one player who projects at either position.

    -- Kicker: Kyle Brindza will be entering his senior season in 2014, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to start thinking about the future. If an elite kicker shows interest, particularly one who can also punt, grab him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoffVir View Post
    Notre Dame football recruiting: Looking ahead to 2014 class



    By BOB WIENEKE - Follow me @bobwienekeNDI
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    Sixty-two scholarships for the 2014 roster are currently allocated. That includes the 24 players who signed earlier this month, 16 players who will be juniors in 2014 and 22 seniors. That leaves Irish coach Brian Kelly with 23 scholarships remaining toward the 85-player limit.
    There were 17 scholarship freshmen on last year's roster, not 16. I suspect Wieneke forgot about Chris Badger being a freshman last year despite being a 2010 signee.

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    ESPN Recruiting nation from the LA NFTC.........

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9038640

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    Video from ESPN Recruiting nation. OL vs DL from the LA NFTC..........

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9043140

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9043125

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    Notre Dame inked four Floridians this past signing day. There’s solid evidence to expect the Irish to catch a few of the biggest fish Florida has to offer again roughly a year from now.

    Before doing a general overview of the state of Florida, it’s prudent to discuss the handful of Florida prospects that hold a strong interest in the Fighting Irish. Sure, new names will come and go. That’s the nature of recruiting in Florida. More importantly, with a good number of Florida prospects already holding strong interest in Notre Dame, learning about them now will help dictate how and when Notre Dame pursues other prospects in Florida and elsewhere.

    This list depicts known Notre Dame scholarship offers combined with my gut feeling of which Florida prospects Notre Dame holds the best chance to sign:

    Sony Michel, RB, 5-11, 205, Plantation (American Heritage) – His long list of suitors could mean that Notre Dame will already possess a running back commitment by the time he decides. Regardless, Michel showed an interest in Notre Dame for over a year. He’s a player to keep an eye on because the so-called favorite, Miami, still looks up to the NCAA cloud over its head. Will Michel go with the local school despite the NCAA investigation issues? Georgia holds a strong position with Michel as well.

    Vincent Jackson, LB, 6-2, 230, Tampa (Jesuit) – Jackson holds a long list of suitors, but Notre Dame desires linebackers that can really run in space. Unlike running back, the Irish will not likely be done at linebacker at an early juncture, so even if Jackson waits a bit there’s a solid chance Notre Dame will still possess an available scholarship for him. Jackson plays for Jesuit, a top-notch academic institution that once sent Gary Godsey to play for the Irish. Jackson might be an outside linebacker at the next level, but he possesses the frame to play inside linebacker as well. It will be interesting to see how hard Notre Dame pursues him early on in the process. He’s very talented, and he comes from a program that fits Notre Dame.

    Corey Holmes, WR, 6-1, 170, Fort Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas) – A potential inside or outside wide receiver, Holmes plays for one of the nation’s most recognizable programs. The good news for Notre Dame stems from Holmes already taking two unofficial visits to Notre Dame last year, including the Michigan game. The Irish figure to be one of the favorites if not the favorite for Holmes’ services.

    K.C. McDermott, OT, 6-6, 285, Wellington (Palm Beach Central) – Despite a brother that played for Miami, the big offensive tackle appears to be looking at several out-of-state options for college. Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio State, and Auburn represent just a few of the programs ardently pursuing the talented prospect. McDermott appears to be quite interested in Notre Dame. The goal will be to gain at least one unofficial visit before the start of the season when he could take an official visit. This young man would be a great fit at Notre Dame, and he should be considered one of the leading candidates to leave the Sunshine State for South Bend.

    Quincy Wilson, CB, 6-2, 195, Fort Lauderdale (University School) – With the prototypical size that Notre Dame covets to play cornerback, Wilson will be one of Notre Dame’s highest priorities. Of course he could play wide receiver or safety as well, and we all know how much Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly desires position flexibility. Notre Dame resides within the top group of schools for Wilson, but fending off schools such as Louisiana State, Ohio State, Florida, Clemson, and Auburn will not be easy. This might be the player that goes down to the wire with his decision. Therefore, expect to see Wilson’s name time and again throughout this recruiting campaign.

    Kyle Gibson, CB, 6-0, 180, Seffner, FL (Armwood) – Another tall cornerback that Notre Dame offered early, Gibson stays in regular contact with Irish assistant coach Tony Alford. Like Wilson, he possesses a long list of suitors, with more offers coming his way. Notre Dame needs to earn an unofficial visit, but all signs point to this young man keeping the Irish high on his list. Notre Dame holds a very good chance with Gibson.

    Artavis Scott, WR, 5-11, 180, Tarpon Springs (East Lake) – Another Floridian that already visited Notre Dame unofficially, Scott stays in contact with coach Alford and the Irish appear to be one of the front-runners for his services. Perhaps Notre Dame could find its dynamic playmaker with Scott? He’s very athletic and could also play cornerback if needed. Notre Dame can never sign enough pure athletes in the mold of Scott.

    Khairi Clark, DT, 6-3, 315, Hollywood (Chaminade Madonna) – The massive interior defensive lineman will hold his choice of programs. He’s big enough to play nose guard, but nimble enough to slide outside once in a while and play defensive end. He’s a rare commodity. Name a school, and that school probably offered Clark. It’s difficult to definitively state that Notre Dame holds a shot at Clark because of his list of suitors stretches out so far, but I trust coach Alford’s recruiting ability and there will be ample playing time available at nose guard come 2014.

    Final Thoughts

    This list represents the beginning, not the end, of the Florida top targets. It’s going to change, constantly, for various reasons. Most importantly, it’s good to know that Notre Dame holds the interest of several highly regarded Florida targets at an early juncture of the recruiting process. Let us all hope that the Irish will once again ink four (or more) Floridians come next February.

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