The camp season is about to hit, and Notre Dame will have plenty of visitors to campus in June and July.
So, where do things stand?
On the offensive side, things are nearly finished with the 2013 recruiting class.
Of the 14 committed players, nine of them are on the offensive side, so there is little room left for anyone else, sans another receiver and a running back.
Notre Dame also has a pair of cornerbacks committed in Rashad Kinlaw and Devin Butler, but after Ronald Darby de-committed late in last year’s class and Tee Shepard left school after a month, the Irish still need to fills slots at cornerback.
With that, IrishEyes.com takes a look at the non-committed offered cornerback targets remaining on Notre Dame’s board:
Vernon Hargreaves III, 5-11, 185, Wharton High, Tampa
Notre Dame remains in the thick of it for the nation’s No. 1 cornerback. He has said he will visit Notre Dame, but one thing to watch is his father coached at Miami, and he grew up watching the program closely.
Cole Luke, 6-0, 165, Hamilton High, Chandler, Ariz.
Luke finished a visit to Notre Dame’s campus on Thursday and went straight to San Diego. The visit went well, and IrishEyes.com will have an in-depth interview after Cole has time to digest what took place. He has the Irish high on his list, and the visit enhanced Notre Dame’s chances.
However, there is a long way to go in this recruitment.
L.J. Moore, 6-1, 175, Central High east Campus, Fresno, Calif.
California’s Central Valley was not kind to the Irish in the 2012 class with Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard, but Notre Dame is back. He has an official visit set up for the Sept. 22 game against Michigan, but getting him out of California will be very hard.
Priest Willis, 6-2, 190, Marcos De Niza High, Tempe, Ariz.
The five-star Willis says is considering everyone and everywhere, but an early indication of a few schools with strong interest comes in knowing he set up official visits to Nebraska and LSU. He unofficially visited schools in the southwest and is hoping to make unofficial to the schools in Florida in July.
Kendall Fuller, 6-0, 185, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md.
Fuller has long been thought of as a Virginia Tech heavy lean, and while he may not be a lock, one thing to consider is he is no longer considering the Irish.
Johnny Johnson, 5-10, 180, Central High East Campus, Fresno
Johnson is planning an official visit with Moore for the Michigan game, which is a very good sign. He said the only schools he knows will be in it until the end are USC, California and Stanford so like many players in that region, getting him out of state could be a chore.
Mackensie Alexander, 5-11, 185, Immokalee (Fla.) High
Notre Dame may wind up getting a visit out of Alexander, but at this point getting him out of the southeast will be an enormous chore.
Nadir Barnwell, 5-10, 180, Piscataway (N.J.) High
The Irish offered Barnwell in the spring but then fell off and didn’t stay in contact with him. Distance will be a big factor and it could come down to Penn State and Rutgers.