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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (driving) escorts high profile football recruits Justin Hilliard and Jacques Patrick (seated in the back) to the Irish Invasion camp Friday, June 20. (Rachel Terlep / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Notre Dame looking to add to growing list of 2015 recruits
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Its been a busy June for Notre Dame football recruitment.

The Irish recently secured the verbal commitment of kicker Justin Yoon, one of the top specialists in the country. 

Yoon becomes the 14th commitment of the 2015 class and the sixth in June alone. Here’s a breakdown by position of who has verbally pledged to the Irish and who Notre Dame is still targeting:

Quarterback
Commitments: N/A
Top targets: Jarrett Stidham, 4 star; Travis Waller, 4 star.

With the loss of four-star commit Blake Barnett to Alabama, Notre Dame’s window of securing a quarterback for the 2015 class is quickly closing. Stidham has already committed to Texas Tech and nothing indicates Notre Dame is pulling him away. Waller recently received an offer for Oregon, which has likely turned his head away from the Irish. 

Notre Dame is in hot pursuit of 2016 quarterbacks Malik Henry and Jacob Eason, so the Irish may have to wait a year for their next big signal-caller.

Running back
Commitments: N/A
Top targets: Soso Jamabo, 4 star; Jacques Patrick, 5 star; Josh Adams, 3 star; Cameron Scarlett, 4 star; Ty’Son Williams, 3 star.

Both Patrick and Adams visited South Bend for the Irish Invasion camp June 20, though neither participated in the workouts. Patrick is coming off two visits to Notre Dame this month, but Florida State is the frontrunner for the five-star prospect out of Timber Creek, Fla.

Adams, who has been leaning hard toward Penn State, left the camp high on the Irish.

"Before I came here, Notre Dame was already one of my top schools. Coming here, they definitely moved up my list,“ he told Blue and Gold Illustrated.

Jamabo visited South Bend June 10 and is reportedly seriously considering Notre Dame.

 

Wide receiver
Commitments: C.J. Sanders, 4 starJalen Guyton, 3 star
Top targets: Miles Boykin, 4 star; Equanimeous St. Brown, 4 star; Alex Ofodile, 4 star; Cordell Broadus, 4 star.

Notre Dame scored Sanders after the Brentwood, Tenn., prospect visited South Bend in May. With Guyton and Sanders committed, Notre Dame will hone in on sizable targets like Boykin (6-foot-3), Broadus (6-3), Brown (6-5) and Ofodile (6-3).

Of those four, expect at least one to commit — namely Boykin or St. Brown.

 

Offensive line
Commitments: Jerry Tillery, 4 star; Tristen Hoge, 4 star; Trevor Ruhland, 3 star.
Top targets: N/A

Barring a late surprise, Notre Dame has locked down yet another impressive offensive line class. Tillery committed to Notre Dame last June, becoming the first pledge of the 2015 class.

All three were on campus for the June 20 Irish Invasion camp.

Defensive line
Commitments: Micah Dew-Treadway, 3 star; Elijah Taylor, 3 star; Brandon Tiassum, 3 star.
Top targets: Jashon Cornell, 4 star; Porter Gustin, 4 star; Rasheem Green, 5 star; Neville Gallimore, 4 star.

The Irish scored all three of their defensive tackle recruits in early June. Even with that trio locked up, Notre Dame is still gunning for Green and Gallimore. 

Notre Dame doesn’t have a defensive end commit for the 2015 class yet, but the Irish are juggling 10 prospects. Gustin and Cornell are the top names in that group, though Cornell ranks a handful of Big Ten schools above Notre Dame and Gustin is trending toward USC.

Linebacker
Commitments: Josh Barajas, 4 star.
Top targets: Asmar Bilal, 3 star; Justin Hilliard, 4 star; Tevon Coney, 4 star; Adonis Thomas, 4 star.

Barajas, a one-time Penn State commit from Merrillville, flipped to Notre Dame at the end of May. Could a similar change of heart be in line for Coney? Coney told Irish Sports Daily that Notre Dame and Florida were now tied at the top of his list following his visit to South Bend June 20.

Notre Dame is still hot on Hilliard, who must choose between the Irish and Ohio State.

Defensive back
Commitments: Nick Coleman, 3 star; Shaun Crawford, 4 star; Nicco Fertitta, 3 star; Prentice McKinney, 4 star.
Top targets: John Reid, 4 star; Ykili Ross, 4 star.

Coleman and Crawford (a former Michigan pledge) committed within days of each other, joining safeties Fertitta and McKinney in the defensive backfield. 

Notre Dame will now likely turn its head to Reid and Ross, who are both interested in Notre Dame but don’t look close to committing any time soon. The Irish are locked in a recruiting battle with Penn State over Reid, while Ross is looking at USC, Oklahoma and UCLA.