Official Visit Primer, Part I

Corey Clement

Notre Dame is hosting a number of official visitors this weekend to correspond with its showdown against Michigan, and IrishEyes.com takes a look at where the Irish stand with each prospect.

No. 11 Notre Dame hosts No. 18 Michigan on Saturday in not only a huge game for national perspective, but also for recruiting.

The Irish have a few handfuls of official visitors coming in for the game and to experience Notre Dame for the weekend, and in the first of two parts, IrishEyes.com breaks down where Notre Dame stands with each player making an official visit.


Corey Clement, RB, 5-11, 205, Glassboro (N.J.) High
Official visits: Nebraska (Sept. 8), Notre Dame (Sept. 21), Wisconsin (TBD), Pittsburgh (TBD)
The skinny:Distance is a big factor with Clement. He loved his visit to Nebraska, but didn't like how far it is from home. The Irish need to sell Clement on the fact distance isn't that an issue and his family will be able to see him play. Clement loves the education Notre Dame offers.

Torii Hunter Jr., WR, 6-0, 170, Prosper (Texas) High
Official visits: Notre Dame (Sept. 21), Nebraska (Sept. 28), Arizona State (Oct. 27), Utah (Nov. 17)
The skinny:Hunter had a fantastic visit to Notre Dame in the summer, and as soon as he left campus he was talking about a return for an official visit. Academics are important to Hunter and he likes Notre Dame's offense, but Texas is talking about an offer. If the Longhorns don't offer, Notre Dame stands a very good chance.

Khalfani Muhammad, RB, 5-8, 175, Notre Dame High, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Official visits: Notre Dame (Sept. 21), many others under consideration
The skinny: Muhammad fits Notre Dame's offense well, whether it is lining up in the backfield or moving to the slot. He is versatile and is the type of recruit coach Brian Kelly loves because he can be used in several roles. Muhammad also fits the Irish academic mold well.

L.J. Moore, CB, 6-1, 175, Central East High, Fresno, Calif.
Official visits: Notre Dame (Sept. 21), California (Oct. 6), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Oklahoma (Oct. 26), UCLA (Nov. 3)
The skinny: Moore named UCLA and Notre Dame as his two favorites, but that could change as he makes other trips. A key will be for the Irish to make a lasting impression that will hold through the visits, and bridge the 2,000 miles between Fresno and South Bend, Ind. With UCLA being three hours south, a home run is needed. Maybe a grand slam.

Michael Deeb, MLB, 6-2, 215, American Heritage School, Plantation, Fla.
Official visits: Notre Dame (Sept. 22)
The skinny: Deeb committed to Notre Dame on June 29 and has been solid since. He will be making the visit to take in the atmosphere and also do some recruiting. For Deeb, it is time to enjoy the campus, the program and what he will part of next season.

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