Today begins an exciting recruiting week for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and his staff.
Several high-profile recruiting prospects will be walking the Irish campus, with a few of them coming in town for camp, while a few more are just swinging through South Bend to take a look.
Four-star safety Christion Jones (Adamsville, Ala./Minor) arrived last night and will participate in Notre Dame’s three-day camp. The blue-chip prospect has Alabama and Auburn as his current leaders, with the Irish, Florida and Tennessee still in the mix. All five of his favorites have offered.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Jones is interested in seeing what it would be like to attend school away from the South and his home. As a junior, he registered 65 tackles and seven interceptions while also scoring seven touchdowns on offense.
Touted quarterback Justin Worley (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) also made it to South Bend last night with his parents. He has a top four of Notre Dame, LSU, North Carolina and Florida State. All of his favorites have offered.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Worley has already visited his other three leaders this month, and is expected to make a college decision sometime in early July. This is his first visit to the Irish campus.
As a junior, Worley threw for 4,366 yards and 42 touchdowns. He will throw for the Irish coaches on Tuesday at the one-day camp.
Future U.S. Under Armour All-American running back Savon Huggins (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) will make it to Notre Dame early Tuesday morning.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Huggins holds roughly 50 scholarship offers from the likes of the Irish, Alabama, Boston College, California, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ole’ Miss, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee and USC. He’ll begin to narrow down his list in early July after returning home from South Bend.
As a junior, Huggins carried 211 times for 1,544 yards and 22 touchdowns. He will not participate in Notre Dame’s camp.
Another player not participating in the Irish camp but visiting for the first time on Tuesday, is sought-after athlete recruit Richard Rodgers (Shrewsbury, Mass./St. John’s).
The 6-foot-5, 233-pound Rodgers has a top five of Notre Dame, Oregon, Boston College, Maryland and California, where his father played. He’s taken trips to his other favorites, and is also looking to decide before his senior season.
The Irish staff likes Rodgers at the outside linebacker position. As a junior, he had 49 catches for 722 yards and 17 touchdowns. On defense, he added 27 tackles and four interceptions.
Four-star running back Amir Carlisle (Sunnyvale, Calif./The Kings Academy) could earn a Notre Dame scholarship offer at Tuesday’s one-day camp. He’ll be arriving with his father Duane, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Carlisle is a Stanford commit, pledging to the Cardinal staff as a sophomore. Now’s he’s looking into all of his options, and an offer from Notre Dame could put the Irish right in the mix. It’s his first visit to South Bend.
A straight-A student, Carlisle averaged over 10 yards per carry as a junior, rushing for 2,037 yards and 26 touchdowns. He is also hearing from the likes of USC, Alabama, Washington and Oregon.
Safety Carl Williams (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) is hoping to add an Irish offer this week. He is signed up for the three-day camp, but Mother Nature had him and his father stuck in his hometown airport on Sunday night.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Williams already holds scholarship offers from the likes of Arkansas, Illinois, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, South Florida and Central Florida. If Notre Dame steps to the table, expect the Irish to jump right to the top of Williams’ list.
Quarterback Phillip Ely (Tampa, Fla./Plant Senior) will make a cameo appearance at Notre Dame, arriving late Tuesday night and leaving Wednesday morning after throwing for the Irish staff.
Undefeated as a starting quarterback at Plant (19-0), the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ely holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Clemson, LSU, Michigan State, Rutgers, South Florida, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. The future U.S. Army All-American visited Notre Dame back in April, and the Irish figure to be strongly in the mix for his services if they offer.
Two elite class-of-2012 prospects are signed up for the three-day camp in quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) and running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla./Armwood).
Check back with Irish Sports Daily later today, as we will have more names and background on prospects expected to be at Notre Dame’s Tuesday one-day camp.