Prospect Watch, Part I

Arik Armstead

Signing day is three weeks from today, which means there is three weeks of jockeying for position and movement in the class left. IrishEyes.com makes sense of who is left on Notre Dame's recruiting board with the first of a two-part series looking at how the Irish stand with their remaining targets.

OT Arik Armstead, 6-8, 275, Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Armstead is down to Notre Dame, California, Oregon, Texas and Auburn, and the Irish are hanging tough. The lure of playing football and basketball at any of the schools is big, and Notre Dame has done a good job in explaining how he fits into their plans on the gridiron and hardwood.
IrishEyes.com's read: Getting him out of California will be tough, especially since many of his friends from recruiting are heading to Berkeley.

OG Josh Garnett, 6-5, 275, Puyallup (Wash.) High
Garnett is down to Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford, and a visit to The Farm is on the agenda for this weekend. He is really feeling Michigan, and Stanford could make a big move. It says a lot that Garnett is still looking at the Irish, who landed a few prospects in the west in the last few weeks.
IrishEyes.com's read: This one always felt like Stanford, but Michigan is also a big threat.

WR Nelson Agholor, 6-1, 180, Berkeley Prep (Tampa)
Scout.com rates Agholor as a five-star safety, but the Irish have told him he can play receiver, which is something he likes. He is looking at Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, USC and Oklahoma, but the feel for a while is it would come down to Notre Dame and Florida. He fits the traditional mold of Notre Dame.
IrishEyes.com's read: He was talking up Florida with recruits at the UA game, but funny things happen late in the recruiting process. The Irish still have a good chance here.

WR Deontay Greenberry, 6-3, 180, Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.)
There has been plenty of drama with Greenberry and his commitment to Notre Dame, but a big piece should fall into place early next week when cousin Tee Shepard attends his first class as an early enrollee. Greenberry already made visits to Notre Dame, Arizona State and USC, and he could take two more.
IrishEyes.com's read: Greenberry has had fun, and it never seems over until it is official with he or Shepard, but like we've been saying for a few weeks now, it will be a big surprise if he doesn't wind up Irish.

WR Raph Andrades, 6-1, 190, Lincoln High (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Andrades is waiting for his Notre Dame offer, and the prognosis for getting it improved when the Irish failed to land Jordan Payton of Jordan Westerkamp. He is set to make an official visit Jan. 27, which is perfect timing because by then Notre Dame will have a great understanding where stands with other receivers on its board. Kentucky, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Illinois are in contention as well.
IrishEyes.com's read: If he makes the visit and gets an offer, a commitment should follow.

QB Devin Fuller, 6-1, 190, Northern Valley High (Old Tappan, N.J.)
Fuller is an old but new addition to the board after Charley Molnar left and Chuck Martin took over as offensive coordinator. Fuller is a dual-thread quarterback who already visited Nebraska and TCU, and has visits set to UCLA (Jan. 13) and Rutgers (Jan. 20). He is deciding in the next couple of days whether to make his fifth one to Arizona or Notre Dame. His mechanics will need to be worked on, but he is talented, strong and fast, and could soar with the right coaching.
IrishEyes.com's read: Notre Dame is lagging because it got back involved very late in the process, but could rally if it gets a visit. There is something to be said for having the last shot at a kid.

ATH Davonte' Neal, 5-9, 175, Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Neal's lone official visit was to Notre Dame, but he told Scout.com last week he would visit Arkansas this weekend and Ohio State the following weekend. He was a productive returner, runner, pass catcher and cornerback as a senior, but got off to a late start in recruiting because the family shut it down until his season was over.
IrishEyes.com's read: This one feels like Ohio State, providing the Buckeyes decide he fits what they want.

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