Notre Dame coaches busy recruiting this week

A glance at the recruitment trips Notre Dame coaches are making this week.
Posted on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

NOTRE DAME — Throw a dart at a map of the United States and there’s a good chance it’ll land on a state a Notre Dame coach is visiting, will visit or has visited this week.

The Irish have landed 22 recruits in the 2013 class, fourth in ESPN’s rankings behind USC, Florida and Alabama.

Here’s who Notre Dame coaches are seeing this week — some committed, some still in the hunt:


Safeties coach Bob Elliott and cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks visited Cole Luke, a cornerback from Chandler, Ariz., who committed to the Irish in September. Luke is a four-star corner on Rivals.com and is the 22nd-ranked player at his position in the 2013 class.


Head coach Brian Kelly and wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock hung around in California after beating USC on Saturday to check in on Max Redfield, a safety out of Mission Viejo, Calif.. Redfield is one of the highest targets remaining in the 2013 cycle and is also being recruited by USC, Oregon, Washington and LSU. Rivals.com ranks Redfield as the third-best safety in his class and the 31st-best overall player in his class.


Recruiting coordinator Tony Alford visited top target Greg Bryant, a running back from Delray Beach, Fla., in hopes of drawing the former Oklahoma commit away from the SEC schools vying for him. Bryant is ranked No. 2 in his position by Rivals.com and the No. 14 overall player in the 2013 class. Bryant is also being pursued by Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and ACC powerhouse Florida State.

Alford also visited commits Michael Deeb from Plantation, Fla., and Mike Heuerman from Naples, Fla.

Deeb is a three-star linebacker ranked 30th in his position by Rivals.com. Heuerman is a four-star tight end ranked ninth in his position by Rivals.com


Tight ends coach Scott Booker paid Isaac Rochell, a defensive end from McDonoguh, Ga., a visit earlier this week. Rochell committed to the Irish in September and is the ninth-ranked strongside defensive end on Rivals.com.


Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and defensive line coach Mike Elston traveled to Fort Wayne to visit linebacker Jaylon Smith, who committed to the Irish in June. Smith is a five-star prospect who is ranked first in his position by Rivals.com and the third-ranked player overall.


Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand will visit Hunter Biven, an offensive tackle from Owensboro, Ky. Biven committed to Notre Dame early in the spring and is the top-ranked player in Kentucky and the 15th-ranked offensive linemen in the country, according to Rivals.com


Hiestand kicks off his busy week with a trip to Everett, Mass., to visit offensive guard John Montelus. Montelus committed to Notre Dame in April and is the top-ranked offensive lineman in the 2013 class.


Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin will visit offensive tackle Steve Elmer from Midland, Mich. Elmer committed in September 2011 and is the fourth-ranked offensive lineman in the country, according to Rivals.com


Kelly and Martin visited receiver James Onwualu of St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday. Onwualu is a three-star commit ranked as the 20th-best athlete in the nation.


Hiestand will visit offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, of Philadelphia, on Thursday. McGlinchey committed in March and is the 26th-ranked offensive lineman in the country on Rivals.com.


Cooks will visit receivers Corey Robinson and Torii Hunter Jr. this week. Robinson is a three-star commit out of San Antonio, ranked 81st in his position by Rivals.com. Hunter is a four-star commit from Prosper, Texas, and is ranked 35th in his position.

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