Notre Dame Official Visit Primer: Part III

RB Keith Marshall

A horde of prospects are making official visits this weekend as Notre Dame hosts USC. So, what does it mean? And what is the key point(s) for each visitor? IrishEyes.com breaks it down in a reader-friendly format.

Recruitapallooza begins Friday, with so many recruits rushing from games and scurrying to catch late flights to the Notre Dame campus for Saturday's game against USC it is like hustling to grandma's house the day before Thanksgiving.

Yes, there is that much excitement, and that many people coming from all over the country to see if Notre Dame holds that something special for them.

The weekend will be filled with the usual stuff, like getting academic presentations, touring the campus, learning about the social life, meeting the coaches and watching a football game. It just so happens this is the first night game in decades at Notre Dame Stadium, it is against archrival USC, and there will be more big-name talent in attendance than at a post-season all-star game.

In fact, the weekend is exploding so much IrishEyes.com had to roll out its "Official Visit Primer" a few days early, now brings you the third and final installment.

To help you get primed for the biggest recruiting weekend of the season, IrishEyes.com takes a look at who is coming, and what are the most important aspects of the weekend regarding each prospect.

Keith Marshall
Position: RB
School: Millbrook High (Raleigh, N.C.)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 195
Scout.com Position Rank: Five-star, 1st
Schools under consideration: Notre Dame, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, USC
Official visits made: Florida (10/1), Georgia (9/10)
Official visits on schedule: He plans to take two more
What this visit means: Marshall is the nation's No. 1 running, and despite defenses designed to stop him, he is still having a big season. He is the type of back who is perfect for coach Brian Kelly's offense.

Marshall can run between the tackles, get outside and also catch the ball, which is one of the many reasons he tops the running back recruiting list.

The Irish have quietly been doing very well with Marshall for months, and this is Notre Dame's chance to distance itself from everyone else. A decision is likely less than two months away, so the key is making sure this visit remains fresh in his mind for a long time.

Bryce Treggs
Position: WR
School: St. John Bosco Prep (Bellflower, Calif.)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Scout.com Position Rank: Five-star, 5th
Schools under consideration: Committed to California
Official visits made: Arizona State (9.24)
Official visits on schedule: California and perhaps Arizona, Oregon and Washington
What this visit means: Treggs is committed to Cal, and he continues to say that will not change. However, one thing to keep an eye on is embattled Bears coach Jeff Tedford, whose job could be in trouble.

If that happens, Treggs certainly will begin looking elsewhere, and a positive experience on his visit to Notre Dame could play a big role in two months.

This is one of those "what if" visits that could turn a recruitment, but other dominoes would have to fall the Irish's way.

Brian Poole
Position: CB
School: Southeast High (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Scout.com Position Rank: Five-star, 2nd
Schools under consideration: Committed to Florida
Official visits made: This will be his first
Official visits on schedule: Florida at a later date
What this visit means: Free trip to a marquee game or real interest? That is the question with Poole, who is committed to Florida, is saying he is heading there, but will be on the Notre Dame campus to watch the game against USC.

In order for the Irish to really become players for Poole, he will need to be blown away on the trip. And even that may not be enough.

He is from Florida and committed to an in-state school, which is a tough thing to overcome. However, you never know unless you try, so Notre Dame is trying.

Byron Marshall
Position: RB
School: Valley Christian Schools (San Jose)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 195
Scout.com Position Rank: Four-star, 20th
Schools under consideration: Arizona State, Oregon, Notre Dame, Washington, California
Official visits made: Arizona State (9/23)
Official visits on schedule: Oregon (11/25) and he is talking with Washington and Cal about setting up trips
What this visit means: This one is intriguing because Marshall could wind up anywhere, and also because he is one of three running backs on an official visit. Plus, committed running back William Mahone of Fitch High (Youngstown, Ohio) will be on an unofficial visit.

It will be interesting to see how Notre Dame handles having the nation's top-rated (Keith Marshall), the 11th-rated (Mahone), the 20th--rated (Byron Marshall) and the 22nd-rated (Keivarae Russell) backs on campus.

There has been talk of Notre Dame taking three running backs, and it will clearly wait for Keith Marshall. So, do the Irish pull the "first to commit" card with Russell or Byron Marshall?

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