Notre Dame Football: Ifeadi Odenigbo

ESPN Recruiting Nation breaks down Under Armour All-Americans today, and Notre Dame has one in Ronald Darby.

The Irish are among the finalists for four others: Nelson Agholor, Joshua Garnett, Davonte Neal and Ifeadi Odenigbo.

Texas leads the way with 10 Under Armour All-Americans.

Darby, a 5-foot-11, 176-pound athlete from Potomac (Md.) is considered "one of the faster athletes in the country and a very productive overall football player."

Irish recruiting update

December, 1, 2011
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.

Irish Recruiting Update

November, 17, 2011
The biggest Notre Dame recruiting news of the week centered around Byron Marshall, who committed to Oregon on Tuesday night.

Marshall, a four-star running back and ESPNU's 129th overall prospect for the Class of 2012, had visited Notre Dame for the USC game last month and had the Irish in his final six. Note: Marshall had planned to visit Notre Dame for the USC game last month, but canceled the week of the game. He did have the Irish in his final six.

The San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian senior told our Greg Biggins that he had been thinking Ducks for a couple of weeks and believes he can succeed in their unique offense. Marshall committed to Oregon despite his older brother Cameron playing for Pac-12 rival Arizona State, though he said Oregon had emerged as his only leader recently.

“I always kept an open mind to all the schools and never favored anyone,” Marshall said. “I wanted to make the best decision for me without being influenced by where Cameron is at or anything like that. My goal was to really weigh all the schools against each other evenly and when I did that, Oregon came out on top.

“I really feel good about this decision and have total peace about it. I visited a lot of schools in the summer and took official visits to Washington and Arizona State as well. I have my official visit set to Oregon for next weekend and that will be the last visit I take. I’m very solid in my commitment and just really looking forward to being a Duck.”

Speaking of running backs with the last name Marshall, Millbrook (N.C.) High School's Keith Marhsall enjoyed his trip to Clemson last week for the Tigers' win over Wake Forest. The five-star running back and ESPNU's sixth overall prospect is expected to choose among Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame, Clemson and South Carolina in the first week of December, before enrolling early.

Also from this past week:

Irish recruiting update

November, 10, 2011
Things have been relatively quiet on the Notre Dame front as it relates to recruiting, especially with a lot of uncertainty right now among the prospects Penn State currently had in the fold or showed strong interest in.

One Penn State recruit who had Notre Dame among his finalists is Armani Reeves, the No. 1 player in the state of Massachusetts and the No. 32 athlete in the nation. He said that his emotions are still "raw" in light of Joe Paterno's firing, and the situation, like many around the program right now, remains uncertain moving forward.

Meanwhile, Ifeadi Odenigbo, the No. 1 player in Ohio, will visit Stanford this weekend for his second official visit. His first official was at Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound defensive end from Centerville High School will also visit Northwestern, according to our Greg Biggins. USC, which just offered, could be in the mix as well, along with Ohio State and Cal.

And, of course, what would a recruiting update be without uniform talk? The Irish, as we all know by now, will sport their fourth different helmet this season when they face Maryland on Saturday. Brian Kelly said the only people whose opinions matter on the look are those in his locker room, which undoubtedly translates to the recruits watching as well.

From Shanker:
The players and fans are excited about it, and there is no doubt uniforms have an effect on recruiting. Prospects always talk about the jerseys when discussing Oregon, and Maryland received a lot of attention -- good and bad -- about its jerseys. And there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Irish recruiting update

October, 20, 2011
As our Jared Shanker says, all eyes will be on South Bend this weekend Insider.

At least six uncommitted ESPNU 150 players will be in town for Notre Dame's first home night game in 21 years, and each player is on ESPNU's list of top uncommitted prospects Insider.

At least three juniors will be checking out the atmosphere against USC, too.

The Irish held steady this week in ESPNU's class rankings, at 11th overall. That would likely change with a strong showing this weekend.

By Shanker's count, the following are expected to be in town Saturday.

Class of 2012 prospects:
Ifeadi Odenigbo*
Zach Banner*
Shaq Thompson*
Byron Marshall*
Keith Marshall*
Arik Armstead*
John Theus* (Georgia commit)
Ishmael Adams
Brian Poole* (Florida commit)
Ronnie Stanley
Bryce Treggs*
Justin Ferguson*
Deontay Greenberry*
Tee Shepard*
John Turner
Scott Daly
Romeo Okwara
Mark Harrell

Kyle Kempt
Adam Breneman
Matt Alviti
Ethan Pocic
Richard Benjamin

*denotes ESPNU 150 player

As Irish recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin said Tuesday, there are only 24 hours a day, and he will need plenty of caffeine this weekend.

Not a bad problem to have.

Irish recruiting update

October, 13, 2011
No game this weekend makes this a relatively quiet week on the Notre Dame recruiting front, but our guy Jared Shanker does have what Irish fans hope is the first of lots of good news to report as the Oct. 22 game with USC nears.

Four-star Centerville (Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo will be in town for his official visit next weekend. And he will be taking in his first-ever college football game.
“I’m pretty excited, I have a lot of expectations,” he said.

“People tell me, ‘Ifeadi you’re getting recruited by all these schools, it’s ridiculous that you’ve never been to a game.’ ”

He had better get used to them.

Rated the 51st overall prospect by ESPNU, Odenigbo stands 6-foot-3, weighs 212 pounds and runs a 4.62 40. The Irish crack his top five, along with Ohio State, Stanford, Cal and Northwestern.

Odenigbo has mixed feelings about the in-state Buckeyes' rough start and cloudy future, though he has yet to rule them out.

The situation is similarly murky for Irish commit Chris Brown, whose father, Joe, told a week ago that he wants his son to play at South Carolina. Chris since told The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) that he is strongly considering the in-state Gamecocks.

Brown, a three-star receiver out of Hanahan (S.C.) High School, committed to Notre Dame following his Sept. 17 official visit, when the Irish beat Michigan State.

Notre Dame is currently at 16 verbal commitments and ranks 11th in's Insider Class of 2012 rankings.


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