Notre Dame receives high marks for 2014 recruiting class

Notre Dame receives high marks for 2014 recruiting class
February 6, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Notre Dame Final National Team Recruiting Ranking: 11

Top ranked recruit: Red Bank Catholic offensive tackle Quenton Nelson (6-foot-5, 301 pounds) is a five-star recruit, according to and the 29th best player in the nation. Nelson headlines a class that had the Fighting Irish focused heavily on both the offensive and defensive line.

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Top ranked local recruit: Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan (6-foot-1, 222 pounds) is a four-star ranked recruit and my No. 1 ranked player in the State of Illinois Top 50.

The one who got away: Urbandale, Iowa four-star ranked wide receiver Allen Lazard (6-foot-5, 207 pounds). Lazard was an early verbal commitment to Iowa State, yet the Irish pushed hard for him. He kept his commitment and signed with the Cyclones on Wednesday.

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Sleeper of the Class: Fort Wayne, Indiana safety Drue Tranquill (6-foot-2, 205 pounds). Tranquill, who flipped to Notre Dame after giving Purdue an early verbal commitment is a three-star ranked recruit who could develop into an impact player. He has a nose for the ball, can cover and is very solid in run support.

Local breakdown: The Fighting Irish landed three Chicagoland prospects in Marist tight end Nic Weishar, Montini linebacker Nile Sykes and Morgan. Weishar (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) is a terrific down the field receiver with basketball type skills that translate to the football field. I feel Morgan could be as close to being ready as any player in this class. Sykes (6-foot-1, 217 pounds) played defensive end until his senior year, but made the transition to linebacker and thrived. Sykes could play either inside or outside, and is a three-star ranked recruit who could wind up being a real steal.

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EDGY's Thoughts: No. 11 nationally isn't too shabby. You can never go wrong focusing on filling needs on both the offensive and defensive lines, and the Irish landed some real quality. Locally, I feel Notre Dame added a very important commitment from Morgan. He was highly sought after and he could of easily left the Midwest to go down South or out West. Instead, he picked Notre Dame even after Bob Diaco left for the University of Connecticut.