Official Visit Primer

Davonte' Neal

Players are coming to campus for an official visits this weekend as Notre Dame holds its annual banquet. 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.

It is banquet weekend, and Notre Dame has plenty of official visitors on campus to check out the festivities, learn more about the school, team and coaches, and get ready for the final seven weeks of recruiting.

IrishEyes.com breaks down the visitors before each weekend, and here is this week's episode:

Davonte' Neal
Position: ATH
School: Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175
Scout.com Position Rank: Four-star, 6th (cornerback)
Schools under consideration: Notre Dame, Washington, Utah, LSU, Auburn, Boston College, North Carolina, USC, Ohio State, Arkansas and others
Official visits made: None
Official visits on schedule: Arkansas (Jan. 20), others will be scheduled
What this visit means: This is a chance for the Irish to set the bar high. Neal didn't do much in the recruiting process during the season, so he will now jam visits in before announcing prior to or on signing day.

Neal is a smart kid who is an stellar athlete. Notre Dame has made it a priority to visit his school and build the relationship between both sides. It is a starting point, and a key will be how the Irish discuss using the multi-talented Neal, who excelled on offense, defense and special teams as a senior.

Joshua Garnett
Position: OG
School: Puyallup (Wash.) High
Height: 6-5
Weight: 275
Scout.com Position Rank: Five-star, 2nd
Schools under consideration: Notre Dame, Miami, Washington, Auburn, Stanford, Michigan
Official visits made: Michigan (Nov. 25)
Official visits on schedule: Miami (Jan. 7), Auburn (TBD), Stanford or Washington
What this visit means: This is a huge chance for the Irish to make a big impact with one of Scout.com's top interior lineman. Getting him out of the northwest will be a challenge, but he is looking at schools from coast-to-coast and points between.

How Notre Dame will use a dynamic player on its offensive line and develop him for a shot at the NFL will be a big deal since the Irish should be able to hit a home run on the academic side, which is a big thing for Garnett.

Ronnie Stanley
Position: OT
School: Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas)
Height: 6-6, 285
Weight: 285
Scout.com Position Rank: Four-star, 14th
Schools under consideration: Arkansas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Florida State, Georgia, USC, Oklahoma, Auburn.
Official visits made: Arkansas (Oct. 8), Nebraska (Oct. 29)
Official visits on schedule: He plans to take two more
What this visit means: That he is visiting and had the Irish on his list for a long time is a testament to what the staff has been able to do. In the spring, Stanley was looking at schools that ran pro-style offenses and didn't care much for spread teams.

That is no longer the case, and Notre Dame has a chance to make a big move with Stanley as he will make the visit to learn plenty about the school, get a feel for the campus and the staff.

One thing to watch is the weather. It gets cold in Las Vegas, but not South Bend, Ind., cold.

Schyler Miles
Position: MLB
School: Berkeley Prep (Tampa)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 225
Scout.com Position Rank: Three-star, 51st
Schools under consideration: Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa State, North Carolina State, West Virginia
Official visits made: None
Official visits on schedule: None but plans on making four others
What this visit means: This one is intriguing. Miles is heading to campus without an offer, but he doesn't seem to mind since the Irish staff is telling him one will be there for him.

He is teammates with five-star Notre Dame target Nelson Agholor, but the key will be making him feel at home and not as if he is being recruited and will be offered because of his friendship with Agholor. That is not to say that is why Notre Dame is recruiting him, but rather just to mention it.

This is Miles' first real chance to get a look at Notre Dame, and there isn't a lot of time left in recruiting and distance will likely not allow him to get back again before signing day.

John Turner
Position: S
School: Cathedral High (Indianapolis)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Scout.com Position Rank: Four-star, 17th
Schools under consideration: Committed to Notre Dame
Official visits made: None
Official visits on schedule: None
What this visit means: It is a weekend to have fun, recruit, have more fun and learn more about how Turner will fit into the defense. This is a fun, relationship-building weekend.

Taylor Decker
Position: OT
School: Butler High (Vandalia, Ohio)
Height: 6-8
Weight: 288
Scout.com Position Rank: Four-star, 13th
Schools under consideration: Committed to Notre Dame
Official visits made: None
Official visits on schedule: None
What this visit means: This is important because it is a chance to make Decker realize why he chose Notre Dame. It is not to say he is leaning away from the Irish, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is making a hard push and talked he talked with Decker.

This is a chance to increase the relationship between Decker and the Irish, and will also give the coaching staff a great chance to get a feel whether there should be concern about Decker and Ohio State, or if everything is fine.

Scott Daly
Position: LS
School: South High (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 230
Scout.com Position Rank: Two-star, 1st
Schools under consideration: Committed to Notre Dame
Official visits made: None
Official visits on schedule: None
What this visit means: Does Daly have his own key to the football facilities and library? He is on campus plenty and is set with the Irish. It is a weekend to relax and enjoy what it means to be on an official visit.

Sheldon Day
Position: DT
School: Warren Central High (Indianapolis)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 285
Scout.com Position Rank: Five-star, 6th
Schools under consideration: Committed to Notre Dame
Official visits made: None
Official visits on schedule: None
What this visit means: This is a chance for Day to enjoy a weekend and talk more with the coaching staff about how he fits into the defense, and also to recruit a the uncommitted targets on campus.

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