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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Irish recruiting update

By Matt Fortuna

Following Notre Dame's game this past Saturday at Stanford, Brian Kelly stayed out West to do some recruiting.

Among the Irish's final targets out West, according to our Jared Shanker, are four-star offensive tackle Arik Armstead (a USC de-commit), four-star receiver Jordan Payton, four-star tight end Taylor McNamara, four-star receiver Deontay Greenberry and four-star cornerback Tee Shepard. The last two have already committed to the Irish.

Our Greg Biggins reports that although Greenberry and Shepard are cousins and have been thought to be a package deal, that may no longer be the case. While Shepard appears to be completely sold on Notre Dame and plans to enroll in the spring, Greenberry seems like less of a certainty. Shepard received a home visit from Kelly and Irish tight ends coach Mike Denbrock on Sunday and will not take his official visit to USC this weekend, but Greenberry will.
“Yeah I’m going, I’m looking forward to it,” Greenberry said. “USC has been recruiting me for a while and they have a great program. They’re recruiting me for safety and receiver but more so receiver right now. I’m still committed to Notre Dame but I want to do these visits so I have something to compare it with. I like ASU too but the staff is gone so I’m not sure what’s going on there."

Meanwhile, four-star defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio) plans to announce his decision Jan. 7, with the Irish among his final seven. Odenigbo has said he is looking for academics above all else, and he plans on officially visiting Northwestern on Friday.

In other news, South Bend Washington four-star athlete David Perkins, a Notre Dame de-commit, has received offers from Arizona State, Pitt and Vanderbilt.