Monday, February 4, 2013
Where they ranked as recruits: Offense
By Matt Fortuna
National signing day is two days away. Who will pan out? Who will flop? Who will surpass expectations?
We figure now is as good a time as any to look back at Notre Dame's starters from 2012 and see where they ranked as recruits. We'll kick things off today with the offensive side of the ball.
QB, Everett Golson: Golson was an ESPN four-star prospect in the class of 2011. Listed as an athlete, he was the 25th-best prospect at that umbrella of a position while coming out of Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High, and he was the fourth-best player out of the state of South Carolina. He received a scouts grade of 80.
RB, Cierre Wood: Wood was also listed as an athlete, and as a member of the ESPN 150 from the class of 2009, he was ranked 122nd overall and 11th among his position group. The Santa Clara (Calif.) High product graded out as an 81.
RB/WR, Theo Riddick: Another athlete, this one with slightly less fanfare. An Immaculate (N.J.) High product, Riddick graded out as a 78. He was the No. 45 athlete in the class of 2009 and the No. 65 player in the East region.
WR, T.J. Jones: Jones was listed as a receiver. And a very good one, too. Coming out of Gainesville (Ga.) High, Jones was a four-star ESPN 150 member and the 68th-best prospect overall in the class of 2010. He was the 10th-best receiver in the country, graded out as an 81 and had initially committed to Stanford.
WR, Robby Toma: Many saw Toma early on as nothing more than Manti Te'o's sidekick. He was the 199th-best receiver in the class of 2009 and he graded out as a 68. UCLA was the only other BCS conference school that showed heavy interest in the Punahou (Hawaii) product.
TE, Tyler Eifert: Eifert may be a first-round draft pick in two months, but the pro potential was lost on many when evaluating him as a Bishop Dwenger (Ind.) tight end. He was the 13th-best at his position in the class of 2009 and he graded out as a 79.
LT, Zack Martin: A likely two-time captain for the Irish, Martin was not overlooked during the recruiting process. The Bishop Chatard (Ind.) standout was No. 109 overall as an ESPN 150 member in the class of 2009, and he ranked as the 10th-best offensive tackle prospect in the country. He received a grade of 81.
LG, Chris Watt: Martin's sidekick, Watt, was ranked even higher as a class of 2009 prepster. He was No. 68 overall in the ESPN 150 and No. 4 nationally among guards. The Glenbard West (Ill.) product received a scouts grade of 82.
C, Braxston Cave: Another Notre Dame offensive lineman, another ESPN 150 player. Cave ranked 126th overall in the class of 2008, from nearby Penn (Ind.) High. He was the top center in the country and he received a scouts grade of 81.
RG, Mike Golic Jr.: Golic wasn't far behind his lineman, as he was the No. 4 center from the class of 2008, out of Northwest Catholic (Conn.) High. He received a scouts grade of 79.
RT, Christian Lombard: Lombard was a three-star prospect out of William Fremd (Ill.) High in the class of 2010, and he was the No. 20 offensive tackle in the country. He received a scouts grade of 79.